Program Description

The Mechanical Design Engineering Technology Associate Degree program prepares learners to work with engineers in the design and preparation of engineering drawings for all types of machines and products. Learners learn to draw and design machinery parts and products using 2D and 3D computerized drawing software. Potential occupations include: CAD Technician, Drafter, Design Drafter, Product Designer and Engineering Technician.

Approximate Cost

$12,556
Tuition: $9829 , Books: $2727

Starting Salary

$48,178
Average, based on the annual Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

Students Enjoy…

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
30-40 %
at Antigo
30-40 %
at Medford
30-40 %
at Phillips
20-30 %
at Spencer
20-30 %
at Wittenberg
20-30 %
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Select purchased parts
  • Analyze mechanical engineering problems
  • Design mechanical components and products
  • Create CAD geometry, parts and assemblies
  • Prepare detail and assembly drawings for documentation of mechanical components and products

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Engineering Technician
  • Product Designer
  • Design Drafter
  • Drafter
  • CAD Technician

Courses

The Mechanical Design Engineering Technology Associate Degree is a 63–64 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

MECHANICAL DESIGN WORKFORCE PREPAREDNESS 1.00
TECHNICAL DRAFTING/CAD 2.00
TECHNICAL DETAILING 2.00
MATERIALS OF INDUSTRY 2.00
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES - MACHINING 2.00
GENERAL PHYSICS 1 4.00
COLLEGE ALGEBRA W/APPS 3.00
INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA W/APPS 4.00

Second Term

2D AUTOCAD APPLICATIONS 2.00
APPLIED MECHANICS FOR TECHNICIANS 3.00
MACHINE DESIGN 1 2.00
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES - FABRICATION 2.00
STRENGTH OF MATERIALS 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Third Term

DESIGNING FOR MANUFACTURABILITY 4.00
GEOMETRIC DIMENSIONING & TOLERANCING FUNDAMENTALS 1.00
MECHANISMS 4.00
MACHINE DESIGN 2 3.00
SOLIDWORKS 1 1.00
SOLIDWORKS 2 1.00
FLUID POWER SYSTEMS 1: FUNDAMENTALS 1.00

Fourth Term

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS & ANALYSIS FOR ENGINEERS 1.00
TOOLING & PRODUCTION 2.00
DESIGN PROBLEMS 3.00
AUTODESK INVENTOR 3D CAD SOFTWARE 2.00
TECHNICAL REPORTING 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

School Name Degree Name
Colorado State University-Global Campus B.S. in Business Management
Colorado State University-Global Campus B.S. in Project Management
Marian University Technology Education
Michigan Tech University Mechanical Engineering Technology
Milwaukee School of Engineering Engineering (BSE) V 2.0
Minnesota State University-Moorhead B.S. in Operations Management
Northern Michigan University BS in Applied Workplace Leadership
Rasmussen College Accelerated Business Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Business Systems Analysis
Rasmussen College Accelerated Criminal Justice - Leadership and Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Early Childhood Education Leadership
Rasmussen College Accelerated Finance
Rasmussen College Accelerated Healthcare Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Human Resources and Organizational Leadership
Rasmussen College Accelerated Human Services
Rasmussen College Accelerated Marketing-Digital Marketing
Rasmussen College Accelerated Supply Chain and Logistics Management
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Applied Science
Upper Iowa University Business Administration
UW Oshkosh BAS in Organizational Studies
UW Oshkosh BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology
UW Stevens Point Bachelor of Applied Studies in Organizational Leadership
UW Stout Engineering Technology - Mechanical Design

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Fill out our application

The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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Then, submit one of the following

Documentation can be sent via email to admissions@ntc.edu, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 18 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores of 47 or above in math, 74 or above in reading, and 79 or above in sentence skills. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.