Mechanical Design Technology

Mechanical Design Technology

In Gateway’s Mechanical Design Technology associate degree program, you’ll learn about the product life cycle from start to finish. Coursework includes studying computer-aided design using industry standard software, automation, robotics, material selection and application, 2D and 3D modeling and more. After completing the program, you’ll be ready for an exciting career as a mechanical designer, mold or tool designer, CAD drafter, design technician or design detailer.

  • Learn industry-standard software, like Solidworks, AutoCad or CREO Parametric, in order to develop sketches, details, models, assemblies 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, strength of materials, kinematics, fabrication, manufacturing material selection and process optimization with expert faculty who have worked in the industry. 
  • 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: $10,737
Books & Supplies: $4,886

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.