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Mechanical Design Technology

10-606-1 Associate Degree (AAS) Part Time, Full Time 61 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Times of Day: Day, Evening Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

Develop the skills you need to be a productive team member in an engineering department. Learn how to work with mechanical engineers to prepare and interpret drawings of products and machine components. You’ll also learn how to solve design problems relating to shaft type and size, bearings, gears and fasteners. Your work may include investigation of strength requirements, material choice, product improvement or cost savings. Or you may work with engineers creating new consumer products. Either way, you’ll have a solid base of technical skills and great career possibilities.

COURSE LIST

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Technical Studies (40 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Metallurgy-Mechanical Design
    10-420-120
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10420120
    • Credits: 1.00

    Presents basic information on ferrous and non-ferrous materials used in the design application. The composition of various material groups are studied, understanding why they are used for specific applications. Consideration will be given to metal properties, and their behavior in specific applications will be explored. The primary heat treatments of ferrous metals will be discussed regarding their use for improving the properties and capabilities of the metal. Terminology is emphasized throughout the course to understand the science and practical language of the subject.

  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
    10-606-109
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10606109
    • Credits: 2.00

    Provides fundamentals of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) per the ASME Y14.5M standard. The development of the technical knowledge and skills required for application and interpretation of GD&T is the focus of the course. Design requirements for functional gages and other methods used to verify GD&T specifications are also presented.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • MECHDRD 10606117 - Technical Drafting 2

    • MECHDRD 10606160 - AutoCAD Mechanical

  • Design Problems
    10-606-111
    4Credit
    126
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 126
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10606111
    • Credits: 4.00

    Applies the principles and methods used to solve basic design problems. Students prepare preliminary layouts, assembly drawings and detail drawings. CAD experience is required.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • MECHDRD 10606123 - Kinematics

    AND ANY of the following options:

    • MECHDRD 10606102 - CATIA V5 - Basic

    • MECHDRD 10606139 - Intro to Autodesk Inventor

    • MECHDRD 10606141 - Introduction to SolidWorks

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ANY of the following options:

    • MECHDRD 10606121 - Elements of Machine Design

    • TECMANUF 10623184 - Mechanics of Materials

  • Design of Tooling
    10-606-115
    4Credit
    126
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 126
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10606115
    • Credits: 4.00

    Provides a background in the fundamentals of design and the application of jigs, fixtures, gauging devices and stamping dies in the manufacturing process. Students prepare general assembly and detail drawings of tool designs that use commercial tooling components. CAD experience is required.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • MECHDRD 10606117 - Technical Drafting 2 OR MECHDRD 10606160 - AutoCAD Mechanical

    AND ANY of the following options:

    • METALS 10420145 - Manufacturing Processes, Cold​ AND METALS 10457103 - Mfg Processes, Hot-Welding

    • TECMANUF 10623119 - Manufacturing Processes w/Lab

    AND ANY of the following options:

    • MECHDRD 10606102 - CATIA V5 - Basic

    • MECHDRD 10606139 - Intro to Autodesk Inventor

    • MECHDRD 10606141 - Introduction to SolidWorks

  • Statics and Strength of Materials
    10-606-119
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10606119
    • Credits: 3.00

    Uses mathematical concepts to determine how forces are distributed through trusses and other rigid structures. Friction and calculation of centroids and moment of inertia are covered.  Algebra and other applications of mathematics are used extensively. Â

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • MATH 10804116 - College Technical Math 2

    • MATH 10804197 - College Algebra & Trig w Apps

  • Elements of Machine Design
    10-606-121
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10606121
    • Credits: 3.00

    Examines a variety of problems involving the principles of design. Topics include direct stress, strain, thermal expansion and stress, beam selection, bending moments, torsion, Mohr's circle, combined stress, column buckling, and beam deflection. Algebra and other applications of mathematics are used extensively.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • MECHDRD 10606119 - Statics and Strength of Mat'l

    • TECMANUF 10623183 - Statics

  • Kinematics
    10-606-123
    4Credit
    126
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 126
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10606123
    • Credits: 4.00

    Emphasizes motion analysis of existing mechanisms. Motion characteristics are examined through the use of skeleton diagrams and graphical techniques. Topics include application of skeleton diagrams, angular velocity, linear velocity, velocity polygons, cams, gears and gear trains. CAD experience is required.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • MECHDRD 10606160 - AutoCAD Mechanical

    • MATH 10804116 - College Technical Math 2 OR MATH 10804197 - College Algebra & Trig w Apps

  • Introduction to SolidWorks
    10-606-141
    2Credit
    54
    54

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10606141
    • Credits: 2.00

    Will introduce the student to the basics of the SolidWorks software. Close attention will be paid to properly navigating the interface. Sketching, dimensional and geometric constraints, part modeling, drawing creation, and assembly modeling will all be examined.

  • Sketching and the Design Process
    10-606-151
    1Credit
    36
    18

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10606151
    • Credits: 1.00

    Introduces sketching, which is typically one of the first steps in working out and documenting a design. Almost all initial ideas are hand sketched long before any graphical data is created with the CAD system. Basic sketching techniques and their application to one view, oblique, isometric, and perspective drawings are covered. Lettering techniques are also covered.

  • CAD and Geometric Constructions
    10-606-152
    1Credit
    36
    18

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10606152
    • Credits: 1.00

    Focuses on the very basics of using AutoCAD software. This course will cover the interface and basic drawing, editing, and printing commands. Applying constructive geometrical thinking to solve more complex problems and accurately locate points, edges, and surfaces when the software cannot do so automatically is also covered.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MECHDRD 10606151 - Sketching & the Design Process​

  • Multiview Projections
    10-606-153
    1Credit
    36
    18

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10606153
    • Credits: 1.00

    Covers standard practices of orthographic projection. Best practices for deciding which views to show, how they should be oriented in your drawing, and how to represent key information such as edges, surfaces, vertices, hidden lines, centerlines, and other crucial details are covered.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MECHDRD 10606152 - CAD & Geometric Constructions​

  • Section Views and Auxiliary Views
    10-606-154
    1Credit
    36
    18

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10606154
    • Credits: 1.00

    Explains that often times there are internal features that lie behind other features, and features that lie on inclined and oblique surfaces. This course covers the creation and placement of section and auxiliary views, allowing portrayal of these features. Descriptive geometry techniques for finding piercing points, points of planar intersections, and surface development are also covered.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MECHDRD 10606153 - Multiview Projections​

  • Dimensioning and Tolerancing
    10-606-155
    1Credit
    36
    18

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10606155
    • Credits: 1.00

    Explains that dimensions and notes define the size, location, finish, and other requirements to fully describe what is to be manufactured. These standards are covered in this course. Tolerancing, or making allowances for human ability, material properties, and the manufacturing environment is also covered.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MECHDRD 10606154 - Section and Auxiliary Views

  • Threads and Fasteners
    10-606-156
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10606156
    • Credits: 1.00

    Explains that the ability to properly display various standardized thread forms and fasteners is, naturally, extremely important as most parts ultimately need to be attached to other parts in some manner. This course will show students how to depict and call out these features on a drawing. Both Metric and Unified National Thread series will be covered.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MECHDRD 10606155 - Dimensioning and Tolerancing

  • Gears and Cams
    10-606-157
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10606157
    • Credits: 1.00

    Covers two concepts used in the creating of motion using mechanical parts, gears and cams. Students will learn the geometry comprising these two important features, find out how they work, and how to depict them on a mechanical drawing.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MECHDRD 10606156 - Threads and Fasteners

  • Working Drawings
    10-606-158
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10606158
    • Credits: 1.00

    Covers the methods for producing working drawings utilized by manufacturers when building parts. Tolerances will be used to ensure the proper fit and function of mating parts. Students will learn the requirements of a detailed part drawing, as well as what is required on assembly drawings and weldments. The workings of an engineering office will also be addressed.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MECHDRD 10606157 - Gears and Cams

  • Structural and Piping Drafting
    10-606-159
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10606159
    • Credits: 1.00

    Will teach students how to create a proper drawing of structures comprised of beams, channels, and tubing. Detailed and schematic piping drawings will also be covered. Students will learn how to draw pipe fittings and how they are assembled to tanks, vats, and other components.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MECHDRD 10606158 - Working Drawing

  • AutoCAD Mechanical
    10-606-160
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10606160
    • Credits: 1.00

    Will expose the student to the many automated features built into the AutoCAD Mechanical software. Features such as detailing, hardware and symbol libraries, bill of material generation, adherence to CAD standards, integrated layer management, and smart dimensioning tools will be covered.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MECHDRD 10606159 - Structural and Piping Drafting

  • Manufacturing Processes with Lab
    10-623-119
    4Credit
    108
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10623119
    • Credits: 4.00

    Introduces the manufacturing processes used to cast, form, cut, and join materials including hands-on experience with manual machining, forming, and joining processes. Incorporates print reading and basic metrology skills.

  • College Physics 2
    10-806-144
    3Credit
    72
    90

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10806144
    • Credits: 3.00

    Presents the applications and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include periodic motion, wave motion, optics, magnetism, static electricity, DC electricity, AC electricity and electromagnetism.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • MATH 10804113 - College Technical Math 1A

    • MATH 10804115 - College Technical Math 1

    • MATH 10804197 - College Algebra & Trig w Apps

    General Studies (17 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Written Communication
    10-801-195
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
    10-801-196
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • College Algebra and Trigonometry with Applications
    10-804-197
    5Credit
    90
    180

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 180
    • Course Number: 10804197
    • Credits: 5.00

    This course covers skills needed for success in Calculus and many application areas at the baccalaureate level. Algebra topics include the real and complex number systems, polynomials, exponents, radicals, solving equations and inequalities, relations and functions, systems of equations and inequalities, graphing, and conic sections. Trigonometry topics include the unit circle, trigonometric functions, graphs, identities, equations, inverse functions, solutions of triangles, complex numbers, polar coordinates, and vectors.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • Accuplacer Algebra 276+ OR ACT Math 22+ OR MATH 10804118 - Interm Algebra w Apps OR Algebra Level 2 Coursework

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Think Critically & Creatively
    10-809-103
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809103
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides instruction about critical and creative thinking that is in high demand in all occupations. Models, theories, and processes provide the foundation for learning logical thinking strategies. Students will apply a systematic approach to problem solving by analyzing the problem, assessing possible solutions, and making effective decisions. In addition, students will generate ideas and analyze complex issues. This course assists students with developing a critical thinking mindset which is essential at every level of personal and professional life.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Psychology of Human Relations
    10-809-199
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809199
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family, and in society.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

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