MECHANICAL DESIGN TECHNOLOGY (CAD)

  • Class Time: Day or Evening
  • Semester: Fall or Spring Semester
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park Campus
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OVERVIEW

There’s a reason that Engineering CAD (Computer Aided Design) Technicians are in demand: Nearly every type of fabricated product from electric irons to television sets to bridges requires a design technician to detail the entire project and its parts. That’s because Engineering CAD Technicians are specialists in translating the rough sketches, layouts, and written specifications of an engineer or designer into a drawing showing the complete details and specifications for the finished product. At HTC, you’ll gain the skills to excel as you build a career in the design and development of manufactured products.


Labs and Classrooms

The Engineering CAD Technology program has three labs: one at Brooklyn Park Campus and two at Eden Prairie Campus.

Lab Equipment
Brooklyn Park Lab C107
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25 Student Computers
  Intel Quad Core Processors
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Quadro FX Graphics Card
Windows XP Professional
2 Laser Printers
  HP LaserJet 5200n (up to 11" X 17" page size)
HP LaserJet 5550n (up to 11" X 17" page size in color)
Stratasys Dimension 3D Printer
  10" X 10" X 12" Build Capacity
Multiple colors available
RepRap 3D printer currently under construction
  9" X 9" X 4" Build Capacity
Multiple materials and colors available
Two NextEngine 3D scanners
  0.005" accuracy
Macro mode scanning size: 5.1" X 3.8"
Wide mode scanning size: 13.5" X 10.1"
Multiple scans can be merged to scan any size object.
Eden Prairie Lab C120
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21 Student Computers
  Intel Core 2 Duo Processors
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Quadro FX Graphics Card
Windows XP Professional
2 Laser Printers
  HP LaserJet 5000n (up to 11" X 17" page size)
HP LaserJet 5550n (up to 11" X 17" page size in color)
Stratasys Dimension 3D Printer
  10" X 10" X 12" Build Capacity
Multiple colors available
Two NextEngine 3D scanners
  0.005" accuracy
Macro mode scanning size: 5.1" X 3.8"
Wide mode scanning size: 13.5" X 10.1"
Multiple scans can be merged to scan any size object.
Eden Prairie Lab C122
 
21 Student Computers
  Intel Core 2 Duo Processors
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Quadro FX Graphics Card
Windows XP Professional
1 Laser Printer
  HP LaserJet 5000n (up to 11" X 17" page size)

Supplies/Tools

Speak with an Engineering CAD Technology instructor prior to purchasing any of these tools. 

Software Used in Courses:
  AutoCAD
Inventor
SolidWorks 2010
CREO/Elements Pro (formerly Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0)
Computer Purchasing Guidelines:
  Intel Core 2 Duo or greater processor
4 GB or more RAM
250 GB or greater hard disk drive
Nvidia Quadro FX series graphics card (Open/GL)
3 button mouse with scroll wheel
Windows operating system

Entry Requirements

Since a mechanical designer is responsible for developing and maintaining product documentation with solid models, assemblies, assembly drawings, detail drawings, and prototype assemblies, mechanical aptitude and attention to detail are two of the best indicators for success in this industry. Blueprint reading should be taken early in your studies to determine your ability to understand two-dimensional representation of three-dimensional objects. Because this industry relies heavilty on Computer Aided Design software to develop products, familiarity with computers and computer software is helpful.

Work Environment

Professionals in this occupation typically work closely with engineers and managers in an office environment. They use computers equiped with special components related to CAD software such as a large monitor, a special video card, and more RAM than a typical home computer. A mechanical drafter also spends time clarifying designs with mechanical engineers, manufacturing professionals, and inspectors.

Job Outlook

Most of our graduates start working as mechanical drafters. Drafting experience and product knowledge provide opportunties to move into other areas of manufacturing such as design, engineering, and management. Even during times of slow growth, there is sufficient turnover in these positions to provide job opportunities for our graduates. As long as a company is seeking to increase profits through new products or improving existing products, a mechanical drafter is neccessary to record the changes and new designs.

Mechanical Drafter Wages

 

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT

Salary

$25.73 Average Hourly Wage - www.iseek.org Occupation Code 173013

Potential Job Titles

Mechanical Drafter

Accreditation/Affiliations


Students may continue their education and proceed towards a Bachelor of Manufacturing degree which prepares the student for supervisory and management positions.
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Students may continue their education and proceed towards a Bachelor of Operations Management degree at MSU-Moorhead.
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Faculty
    Full Time Instructors:
    Name Courses Taught
    Joe Allen AutoCAD
    Inventor
    SolidWorks 1
    Blueprint Reading
    Engineering Drawing 1
    Engineering Drawing 2
    Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
    Computers in Manufacturing
    Industrial Manufacturing Processes
    Paul Klevann Pro/ENGINEER 1
    Special Fields of Drafting
    Industrial CAD Project
    Computers in Manufacturing
    Rick Montzka AutoCAD
    SolidWorks 1
    Pro/ENGINEER 1
    Engineering Drawing 1
    Engineering Drawing 2
    Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
    Computers in Manufacturing
    Part Time Instructors:
    Name Courses Taught
    Paul Ellefson AutoCAD
    Seng Kou SolidWorks 1
    SolidWorks 2
    Lee Peterson SolidWorks 1
    Don Rutledge Pro/ENGINEER 1
    Pro/ENGINEER 2
Partners

We are currently seeking advisory board members. A member of the board would provide input into the direction of the program. If you are interested, please contact rick.montzka@hennepintech.edu.

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