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Mechanical Design

Learn how to assist in designing the products of tomorrow and the machines that make them in Mechanical Design Technology program at Gateway Technical College. Gateway offers two associate degree programs in Mechanical Design Technology and Mechanical Design Technology – Mechatronics. Both mechanical engineering technicians and mechatronics technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test and manufacture special machinery, consumer products and other equipment. They develop sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, and make calculations and estimates. Both associate degree programs provide comprehensive training in drafting, computer-aided design (CAD), basic fabrication methods, engineering geometry, linear velocity, kinematics of machinery and manufacturing processes. Extensive experience is also gained with dimensioning practices, drafting standards, auxiliary and exploded views, assembly drawings, and fabrication drawings detail.

Mechanical Design Technology - Mechanical Engineering Tech

Associate Degree Program Requirements: PDF icon 10-606-1A Mechanical Design Technology Curriculum Sheet 2015-16.pdf

The Mechanical Design Technology - Mechanical Engineering Tech associate degree program focuses on industrial machinery and consumer products. Courses will focus on drafting and technical drawing as it is the means by which mechanical engineers design products and create instructions for manufacturing parts. Students will take courses including Elements of Machine Design, Motor Controls, Strength of Materials, Engineering Graphics with CAD and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.

Mechanical Design Technology - Mechatronics

Associate Degree Program Requirements: PDF icon 10-606-1B Mechanical Design Technology Curriculum Sheet 2015-16.pdf

The Mechatronics associate degree focuses on the design and development of industrial robots and other equipment. Students gain firsthand experience in pneumatics, hydraulics and electrical servo drives. They also test each piece of equipment to demonstrate the interaction between each of the components.

What does a mechanical design and mechatronic technician do?

A mechanical designer’s job requires them to work in harmony with product development engineers in performing tasks such as making the necessary changes in design or drawings, evaluating required product documentation before releasing a specific product, and managing the prototype phase of a product by performing necessary tests and debugging.

Learning by doing

Students utilize state-of-the-art laboratories where they learn how to use the latest computer hardware including Autodesk, AutoCAD and Dassault Systèmes Solidworks. They also use Objet24 Desktop 3D printer, the first office system to print true-to-life models and features strong materials, small moving parts, thin walls and smooth, paintable surfaces.

During the program, students have opportunities to apply concepts and theories to solve real-life mechanical engineering problems. Course projects have included the development of a lifting device that was used to pick up a radio antenna. Another example was the development of a meat tenderizer in which students built the tenderizer using manufacturing machinery such as lathes, milling machines and grinders.

During these projects students gain hands-on training, learning to work as a team as they divide problems into manageable task and take responsibility for the completion of each task. They also learn how to write technical reports on the progress of the project.

Students are encouraged to join the Mechanical Design club. The club provides students with networking and professional development opportunities.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of mechanical engineering technicians is expected to continue to increase. The median annual salary of mechanical engineering technicians was $53,530 in 2014.




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Program Administration

Ray Koukari, Interim Dean