Program Description

This Applied Mechanical CAD Technician Technical Diploma program is designed for individuals seeking entry-level employment as a Mechanical Computer-Drafting Technician. This technical diploma program will provide the necessary entry-level competencies for producing production-type drawings and documents required for engineering and manufacturing application in mechanical industries. Competencies learned include creating mechanical drawings using CAD software, using computer skills to prepare engineering documents and applying 3D computer-generated graphical solutions to illustrate or enhance product designs. As an Embedded Technical Diploma, this program ladders fully into the Mechanical Design Engineering Technology Associate Degree program.

Approximate Cost

$3,418
Tuition: $2613 , Books: $805

Starting Salary

$36,134
Average, based on the annual Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

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
80-90 %
at Medford
80-90 %
at Phillips
30-40 %
at Spencer
30-40 %
at Wittenberg
30-40 %
at Online

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

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Use computer application software
  • Create engineering documentation

Courses

The Applied Mechanical CAD Technician Technical Diploma is a 17 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
COLLEGE ALGEBRA W/APPS 3.00

Second Term

2D AUTOCAD APPLICATIONS 2.00
SOLIDWORKS 1 1.00
SOLIDWORKS 2 1.00
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES - MACHINING 2.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways

Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

Completing the Applied Mechanical CAD Technician Technical Diploma Earns You:

Additional Information

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 16 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 38 or above in math, 66 or above in reading, and 65 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.