Mechanical Drafting & Design

The Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, a diploma and two CAD certificates to prepare graduates for high-demand careers in engineering companies that design and manufacture products.

Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology graduates work in a variety of settings:

  • Manufacturing companies
  • Engineering firms
  • Electro-mechanical companies
  • Contract firms

The Anoka Technical College Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology is a 69-credit program that consists of technical courses designed to develop skills in mechanical drafting, design and related fields. These courses combined along with Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) general education courses provide students a solid education for the work place or a launching point to move on to other educational opportunities. 

Learn:
  • Drafting
  • Detailing 
  • Industrial materials
  • Manufacturing methods 
  • Machining
  • Industrial relations
Hands-on Computer-aided Drafting (CAD) Training:
  • AutoCAD 
  • Inventor
  • ProE/Creo 
  • Solidworks

Prerequisites

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Semester One
 MECH 1200  Mechanical CAD I 4
 MECH 1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH 2064
 Introduction to Inventor
4
 TOTAL
13
 
Semester Two
 MACH 1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
 MATH 1070  Technical Mathematics I 3
 MATH 1080  Technical Mathematics II 2
 MECH 1228  Materials and Processes 4
 MECH 2074  Introduction to SolidWorks
4
 TOTAL
15
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Semester Three
 MECH 2031  Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH 2045  Design Projects
4
 MECH 2084  Introduction to ProE/Creo
4
 TOTAL  
11
 
 Semester Four
 MECH 1243  Descriptive Geometry and Applications
3
 MECH 2010  Power Transmission Design
3
 MECH 2055  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
3
 MECH 2080  Special Projects 3
 MECH 2090  Advanced CAD 3
 TOTAL
15
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
 15
Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required and from three (3) different goal areas. Student is required to take:
 ENGL 1107
 Composition I
4
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communications
3
 OR    
 SPCH 1500
 Intercultural Communications
3
 General Education/MnTC courses
 Remaining eight (8) credits must be from MnTC goal areas
8
MnTC courses are not listing the program sequence. MnTC courses can be taken in any semester or order.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

Industry Information

Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program graduates find employment with manufacturing companies, big and small, engineering firms, electro-mechanical companies and contract firms.

Graduates have the necessary knowledge and an excellent foundation to begin their careers as mechanical drafters in engineering departments that design and manufacture hard goods products of every description.

Most mechanical drafters begin as detail drafters, making the drawings required for the manufacture of products. Mechanical drafters can advance to supervisory positions within the department or may advance to assistant engineer as they gain experience. Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

The Anoka Technical College CAD Drafter diploma is a 58-credit program that consists of technical courses designed to develop skills in mechanical drafting, design and related fields.

In addition to drafting and detailed skills, the student receives training in related areas such as:

  • drafting
  • detailing 
  • industrial materials
  • manufacturing methods 
  • machining
  • industrial relations
Students also receive hands-on Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) training:
  • AutoCAD 
  • Inventor
  • ProE/Creo 
  • Solidworks

Prerequisites

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Semester One
 MECH 1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH 1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH 2064
 Introduction to Inventor
4
 TOTAL
13
 
Semester Two
 MATH 1070
 Technical Mathematics I
 3
 MATH 1080  Technical Mathematics II  2
 MACH 1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
 MECH 1228  Materials and Processes
4
 MECH 2074  Introduction to SolidWorks
4
 TOTAL  
15
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Semester Three
 MECH 2031
 Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH 2045
 Design Projects
4
 MECH 2084
 Introduction to ProE/Creo
4
 TOTAL  
11
 
 Semester Four
 MECH 1243  Descriptive Geometry and Applications
3
 MECH 2010  Power Transmission Design
3
 MECH 2055  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing  3
 MECH 2090  Advanced CAD  3
 TOTAL
12
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
7
Seven (7) general education credits of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum are required. Students are required to take the following courses: 
 ENGL 1107
 Composition I
4
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communications
3
MnTC courses are not listed in the program sequence. MnTC courses can be taken in any semester or order. 

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

Industry Information

Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program graduates find employment with manufacturing companies, big and small, engineering firms, electro-mechanical companies and contract firms.

Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology graduates have the necessary knowledge and an excellent foundation to begin their careers as mechanical drafters in engineering departments that design and manufacture hard goods products of every description.Most mechanical drafters begin as detail drafters, making the drawings required for the manufacture of products.

Mechanical drafters can advance to supervisory positions within the department or may advance to assistant engineer as they gain experience. Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

The Anoka Technical College Advanced CAD certificate is a 30-credit program.

In addition to drafting and detailing skills, the student receives training in related areas, such as industrial materials, manufacturing methods, machining and industrial relations. Students also receive hands-on training in Anoka Technical College’s computer-aided drafting (AutoCAD, Inventor, ProE/Creo and Solidworks) lab. Training in these programs opens up an entirely new area of job advancement, especially in large companies.

Prerequisites

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Semester One
 MECH 1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH 1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH 2064  Introduction to Inventor
4
 TOTAL
13
 
 Semester  Two
 MECH 1243  Descriptive Geometry and Applications
3
 MECH 2031  Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH 2055  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
3
 MECH 2074  Introduction to SolidWorks    4   
 TOTAL  
13
 
 Technical Electives
4
Four (4) technical electives are required for this certificate. The technical electives are not is the program sequence plan. Please see an advisor to find out when the following courses are offered:
 MACH 1090
 Machining Fundamentals
2
 MECH 1228
 Materials and Processes
4
 MECH 2084
 Introduction to ProE/Cero
4
 MECH 2090
 Advanced CAD
3

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

Industry Information

Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program graduates find employment with manufacturing companies, big and small, engineering firms, electro-mechanical companies and contract firms.

Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology graduates have the necessary knowledge and an excellent foundation to begin their careers as mechanical drafters in engineering departments that design and manufacture hard goods products of every description.

Most mechanical drafters begin as detail drafters, making the drawings required for the manufacture of products.Mechanical drafters can advance to supervisory positions within the department or may advance to assistant engineer as they gain experience. Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

The Anoka Technical College Basic CAD Drafting certificate is a 20-credit program that consists of technical courses designed to develop skills in mechanical drafting, design and related fields. In addition to drafting and detailing skills,  students receive training in related areas such as industrial materials, manufacturing methods, machining and industrial relations.

Students also receive hands-on training in Anoka Technical College’s computer-aided drafting (AutoCAD, Inventor, ProE/Creo and Solidworks) lab.

Prerequisites

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Semester One
 MECH 1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH 1216  Drafting Standards
5
 TOTAL
9
 
 Semester  Two
 MECH 1243  Descriptive Geometry and Applications
3
 MECH 2045  Design Projects
4
 TOTAL
7
 
 Technical Electives
4
Four (4) technical electives are required for this certificate. The technical electives are not in the program sequence plan. Please see your advisor to find out when the following courses are offered:
 MACH 1090
 Machining Fundamentals
2
 MECH 1228
 Materials and Processes
4
 MECH 2055
 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
3
 MECH 2064
 Introduction to Inventor
4

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

Industry Information

Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program graduates find employment with manufacturing companies, big and small, engineering firms, electro-mechanical companies and contract firms.

Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology graduates have the necessary knowledge and an excellent foundation to begin their careers as mechanical drafters in engineering departments that design and manufacture hard goods products of every description.Most mechanical drafters begin as detail drafters, making the drawings required for the manufacture of products.

Mechanical drafters can advance to supervisory positions within the department or may advance to assistant engineer as they gain experience. Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Start

Fall: August
Spring: January (with instructor approval)

Delivery

Day
Evening: AutoCAD and Solidworks only

Awards

AAS Degree
Diploma
Advanced Certificate
Basic Certificate

Contact

Paul Klevann
763-576-4188

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710