Mechanical Design Technology

Mechanical Design Technology

Use your vivid imagination to create the new products and automated machines that will make a positive future for your community, company and family. With Gateway's Mechanical Design associate degree, you'll master 3D Computer Assisted Design to bring your problem-solving ideas and models to life. Our SolidWorks design training and other computer aided design degree courses will help you launch your career as a CAD technician or any other mechanical drafting position.

  • Learn industry-standard software, like Solidworks, AutoCad or CREO-Pro Engineer, in order to develop sketches and layouts, record and analyze data and make calculations and estimates.
  • Work with the state-of-the-art technology used by professionals, like lasers, robotics, Programmable Logic Controls (PLCs), pneumatics and hydraulics – along with 3D scanners and printers that let you create true-to-life models.
  • Gain the skills employers need by studying drafting, computer assisted design, geometry, linear velocity, kinematics, fabrication and manufacturing with expert faculty who have worked in the field.
  • Boost your earning potential with two industry-recognized Solidworks certifications that demonstrate your value to employers.
  • Build your network. Access internships that rotate through multiple companies to give you experience with a range of industries and responsibilities.
Program Credits



SC Johnson iMET Center

Financial Aid Eligible


Estimated Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,234
Books & Supplies: $4,606

Start Dates


Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: CAD Designer, Mechanical Designer, Mold Designer, Tool Designer, Product Designer, SolidWorks Designer

Mechanical Design Technology Career Pathway

Career Pathways are designed to help you reach your educational goals and explore college and career options. Pathways are made up of related certificates, diplomas and degrees that build on common skills and knowledge. You can begin at any point on the Career Pathway and customize your pathway to fit your goals. View the pathway for your area of interest.