Mechanical Design Technology

66-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Mechanical designers pair design skills with a solid understanding of mechanics to develop comprehensive drawings and visual plans that assist engineers in creating specific products. These technical renderings show intricate product details, dimensions and structures, and indicate materials and procedures. In the Mechanical Design Technology program, study computer-aided drafting using the latest computer-aided design (CAD) applications, and learn about manufacturing processes, strength of materials, basic mechanisms and three-dimensional modeling.

  • Prepare for jobs such as mechanical designer, mold designer, CAD drafter, design technician or detailer.
  • A program-to-program transfer opportunity is available with Milwaukee School of Engineering's Mechanical Engineering Technology bachelor's degree program. Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • Cooperative education experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school Project Lead the Way courses.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $20,000-$36,000
    • Average Salary: $28,277
    • Median Salary: $28,627
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $28,627
    • Average Hourly Wage: $13.61
    • Three-year Average Salary: $31,505

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 606-110 Descriptive Geometry2 *
 606-115 Technical Drafting/CAD4  
 606-162 Manufacturing Process - Hot2  
 801-136 English Composition 13+*
 804-115 College Technical Math 15+*
 
Total Semester Credits
16
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 606-114 GD/T-Drafters3 *
 606-120 Statics4 *
 606-186 3D/Parametric Design3 *
 804-116 College Technical Math 24 *
 806-143 College Physics 13+*
 
Total Semester Credits
17
  
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 606-118 Basic Mechanisms3 *
 606-122 Strength of Materials3 *
 420-160 Manufacturing Processes - Cold2  
 606-104 CAD Drafting & Design4+*
 606-117 Computer Programming Engineers3 *
 606-153 Co-op Educ I-Ind1 *
 
Total Semester Credits
16
  
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 606-116 Machine Design Elements3 *
 606-125 Machine Design Problems3 *
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App3 *
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3 *
 Elective 2  
 
Total Semester Credits
17
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Block Schedules for Spring 2014

Block Schedules for Fall 2014

Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

606-110 Descriptive Geometry 2
606-115 Technical Drafting/CAD 4
606-117 Computer Programming Engineers 3
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm 3
804-113 College Technical Math 1A 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 66
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
MSOEBachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology72
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Artsup to 80
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Scienceminimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-MilwaukeeEngineeringup to 29 cr
UW-MilwaukeeComputer Scienceup to 29 cr
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies52
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 66
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Randy Hoffman

Randy Hoffman

Phone: 262.691.7821

Education

  • AAS--Mechanical Design, Waukesha County Technical College
  • BS--Mechanical Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Program instructor, Bonito McLeod

Bonito Mcleod

Phone: 262.691.5462

Education

  • AAS, Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • AAS, Waukesha County Technical College
  • BS, Cardinal Stritch University
  • MS, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Program instructor, Danial Rusch

Danial Rusch

Phone: 262.691.5393

Education

  • AAS, Moraine Park Technical College