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 & Design Technology is a 69 credit program that consists of technical courses designed to develop skills in mechanical drafting, design, and related fields.

All manufactured goods are created following a design process and this process needs to be documented. This documentation includes three-dimensional computer models, detailed two-dimensional drawings, bill of materials, engineering and manufacturing changes, physical prototypes, and more. The ability to follow strict industry standards while utilizing creativity to solve and document complex problems is the job of a mechanical designer.

In addition to drafting and detailing skills, students receive training in related areas such as industrial materials, manufacturing methods, machining, and professional communication.
Students also receive hands-on training in Anoka Technical College’s computer aided drafting lab. (AutoCAD, Inventor, ProE/Creo, and Solidworks)

The primary goal of the Mechanical Drafting and Design program is to provide all graduates with the solid technical foundation necessary to ensure their success in a wide variety of employment opportunities. To accomplish this goal, program learning outcomes and program objectives are defined and assessed for continuous improvement.

Program Objectives. Graduates two to three years into their careers should have the foundation to:
1. Identify, create and evaluate solutions to complex engineering-related problems in a timely and professional manner utilizing the skills developed in the areas of design, manufacturing and mechanics.
2. Solve technical problems while considering the local, national, and global requirements and impact of the solution.
3. Successfully function as a team member and leader.

Course 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 Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.

  1. Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
  2. Apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  3. Conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
  4. Function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  5. Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems.
  6. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  7. Understand the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  8. Understand and commit to addressing professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  9. Commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in engineering materials, applied mechanics, and manufacturing methods.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in applied drafting practice emphasizing mechanical components and systems, as well as fundamentals of descriptive geometry, orthographic projection, sectioning, tolerancing and dimensioning, and basic computer aided drafting and design with technical depth in at least one of these areas.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in the application of physics and engineering materials having an emphasis in applied mechanics, or in-depth application of physics having emphasis in mechanical components and design.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 
 Semester One
 MATH 1070
 Technical Mathematics I
2
 MATH 1080
 Technical Mathematics II 3
 MECH 1200  Mechanical CAD I 4
 MECH 1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH 2064
 Introduction to Inventor
 
4
 TOTAL
18
 
Semester Two
 ENGL 1107 OR ENGL 2105
 Composition I/ Business and Technical Writing
4
 MACH 1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
 MECH 1229
 Materials and Processes 3
 MECH 2055  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3
 MECH 2074  Introduction to SolidWorks
4
 TOTAL
16
 
 SECOND YEAR
 
 Semester Three
 MECH 1235
 Statics and Strengths of Materials 4
 MECH 2035  Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH 2084  Introduction to ProE/Creo
4
 SPCH 1200 OR SPCH 1500
 Interpersonal Communications/ Intercultural Communications
3
 MnTC   4
 TOTAL  
18
 
 Semester Four
 MECH 1245  Sheet Metal Concepts and Applications
3
 MECH 2045  Design Projects
4
 MECH 2080  Special Projects 3
 MECH 2090  Advanced CAD 3
 TOTAL
17
 
 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
 OR    
 ENGL 2105
 Business and Technical Writing
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

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

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

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

All manufactured goods are created following a design process and this process needs to be documented. This documentation includes three-dimensional computer models, detailed two-dimensional drawings, bill of materials, engineering and manufacturing changes, physical prototypes, and more. The ability to follow strict industry standards while utilizing creativity to solve and document complex problems is the job of a mechanical designer.

In addition to drafting and detailing skills, the students receive training in related areas such as industrial materials, manufacturing methods, machining, and professional communication.
Students also receive hands-on training in Anoka Technical College’s computer aided drafting lab. (AutoCAD, Inventor, ProE/Creo, and Solidworks)

The primary goal of the Mechanical Drafting and Design program is to provide all graduates with the solid technical foundation necessary to ensure their success in a wide variety of employment opportunities. To accomplish this goal, program learning outcomes and program objectives are defined and assessed for continuous improvement.

Program Objectives. Graduates two to three years into their careers should have the foundation to:
1. Identify, create and evaluate solutions to complex engineering-related problems in a timely and professional manner utilizing the skills developed in the areas of design, manufacturing and mechanics.
2. Solve technical problems while considering the local, national, and global requirements and impact of the solution.
3. Successfully function as a team member and leader.

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 Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.

  1. Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
  2. Apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  3. Conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
  4. Function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  5. Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems.
  6. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  7. Understand the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  8. Understand and commit to addressing professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  9. Commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in engineering materials, applied mechanics, and manufacturing methods.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in applied drafting practice emphasizing mechanical components and systems, as well as fundamentals of descriptive geometry, orthographic projection, sectioning, tolerancing and dimensioning, and basic computer aided drafting and design with technical depth in at least one of these areas.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in the application of physics and engineering materials having an emphasis in applied mechanics, or in-depth application of physics having emphasis in mechanical components and design.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 
 Semester One
 MATH 1070
 Technical Mathematics I  3
 MATH 1080
 Technical Mathematics II  2
 MECH 1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH 1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH 2064
 Introduction to Inventor
 
4
 TOTAL
18
 
Semester Two
 MACH 1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
 MECH 1229  Materials and Processes
3
 MECH 2055
 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3
 MECH 2074  SolidWorks
4
 TOTAL  
12
 
 SECOND YEAR
 
 Semester Three
 ENGL 2105  Business and Technical Writing
 4
 MECH 1235
 Statics and Strengths of Materials
4
 MECH 2035
 Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH 2084
 Introduction to ProE/Creo
4
 TOTAL  
11
 
 Semester Four
 MECH 1245  Sheet Metal Concepts and Applications
3
 MECH 2045  Design Projects
4
 MECH 2080  Special Projects 3
 MECH 2090  Advanced CAD  3
 TOTAL
12
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
4
Four (4) general education credits of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum are required. Students are required to take the following courses: 
 ENGL 2105
 Business and Technical Writing
4

  Students who start in the Spring will need more time to complete this program. Limited first semester technical courses are offered in the Spring semester.                                                                                                                                    

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

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, 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 engineers 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.

Course 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 in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

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 Mechanical CAD Operator certificate is a 25 credit program that consists of technical courses designed to develop skills in mechanical drafting.

In addition to drafting and detailing skills, the students receive training in related areas such as industrial materials, manufacturing methods, and professional communication. Students also receive hands-on training in Anoka Technical College’s computer aided drafting lab. (AutoCAD, Inventor, ProE/Creo, and Solidworks)

The primary goal of the Mechanical Drafting and Design program is to provide all graduates with the solid technical foundation necessary to ensure their success in a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Course 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 Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.

  1. Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
  2. Apply written, oral and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  3. Understand the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  4. Commit to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in engineering materials, applied mechanics and manufacturing methods.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in applied drafting practice emphasizing mechanical components and systems, as well as fundamentals of descriptive geometry, orthographic projection, sectioning, tolerancing and dimensioning and basic computer aided drafting and design with technical depth in at least one of these areas.

 

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 
 Semester One
 MECH 1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH 1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH 2064 OR MECH 2084
 Introduction to Inventor/ Introduction to ProE/Creo
 4 
 TOTAL
13
 
 Semester  Two
 MACH 1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
 MECH 1229
 Materials and Processes
3
 MECH 2074
 Solidworks 4
 MECH 2090
 Advanced CAD 3
 TOTAL
12
 
                                                               

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.

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, 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 engineers 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