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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Mechanical Design

Associate Degree  |  10-606-1

Start Dates: August

Effective: August 2023

First Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

606-103Mechanical Design Concepts2This course introduces the student to the basic skills and knowledge required to understand how products are designed and documented. Students will measure and sketch parts to visualize 3-dimensional parts. The steps involved in the design process, problem-solving, and teamwork will be introduced through a simple design project. Students will be exposed to terminology, mechanical components, and software that are used in mechanical design.

606-130Solid Modeling I3This course introduces the student to the concepts and commands required to develop 3-D solid models using SolidWorks software. Students will learn to constrain models and develop parametric models. Students will also produce 2-D working drawings from the models. Topics will also include dimensioning, orthographic views, and section views.

606-142Additive Manufacturing1Program student; Corequisite: 606-130Students will explore Additive Manufacturing (AM), broadly known as 3D printing, and learn how products are designed, produced, and serviced. This course will introduce students to how AM enables on-demand production without dedicated equipment or tooling. Students will review AM principles and applications across industries, emphasizing characteristics and performance of common materials (polymers, metals, ceramics, and composites) used for different applications.

606-159CAD, 2D2Program studentBasic computer-aided drafting and design (CAD) uses two-dimensional AutoCAD software and commands to create entities, edit, store, and print CAD drawings. Topics include entity creation of arcs, circles, lines, coordinates, editing functions, scaling, making templates, text detailing, layers and line types, viewports, modelspace layout and paperspace practices, dimensioning styles, calculation strategies, blocks, groups, libraries, attributes, bills of materials, and plotting to scale. A final project permits the student to apply technical skills to a detailed mechanical design drawing.

801-136English Composition 13This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing, and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

804-115College Technical Math 15This course is designed for students who are preparing for a technical career. Topics studied in the course include solving linear, quadratic, and rational equations; graphing; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; right and oblique triangle trigonometry; trigonometric functions on the unit circle; and operations on polynomials. The course will emphasize the use of mathematics as a problem solving tool with a wide variety of technical problems.


Second Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

606-104Geometric Dimen & Tolerancing1Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) graphically defines limits of size, form, orientation, profile, location, and runout applications to ASME Y14.5-2009. GD&T standards include universal symbols and terms, position tolerancing verification, datum reference frame theory, datum (size) modifiers, datum targets, metrology and functional gage design application using a coordinate measuring open setup. Measurement of floating and fixed fasteners is applied to actual mechanical parts. GD&T will also be applied to welding fabrication drawings and assemblies.

606-133Statics3The study of forces and loads applied to structures and mechanical devices that are in equilibrium. Topics include resultant forces, moments, truss analysis, and friction. Calculations, hands-on demonstrations, and software will be used extensively for the analysis of these forces.

606-136Solid Modeling 22606-130The student will develop complex parametric models, assemblies, and working drawings, apply drawing standards, materials, and tabulated dimensions. Part families, sheet metal parts, welded assemblies, exploded assemblies, software generated bills of material, and simple animation will also be covered.

606-137Mfg. Materials Processes2Program studentIn this course you will develop knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology of manufacturing materials and their related processes. Topics covered will include exploration of processes from material groups including metals, ceramics, electronics, plastics, and composites. Manufacturing processes such as material removal, additive manufacturing, forming, joining, assembly, inspection, automation processes, and regional applications of biotechnology and food processing will be explored.

606-152PLC & Fluid Power Application2Program studentThis course will provide the basics of programmable logic controllers and fluid power systems related to mechanical design. Basic system components, symbols and schematics related to these areas will be analyzed. Students will participate in hands on activities related to these concepts in lab setting.

623-117Intro to Precision Measurement11st 8 WeeksThis course teaches students the use of precision measurement tools including rules, tapes, calipers, micrometers, and gages. Students will apply measurement methods for reverse engineering to reverse engineer parts and to take field measurements on the shop floor. The course will enable students to communicate with machinists and other manufacturing specialists concerning precision measurements.

806-154General Physics 14804-115 or 804-118 or 804-113 or 804-224 or 804-228An overview of various physics topics, routinely covered in an introductory physics course, is presented with appropriate accompanying experiments. Included topics are: mechanics, properties of materials, heat, and sound. In addition to the technical science information given, an ability to solve problems, responsibility and initiative is emphasized.


Third Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

606-112Tool Design Practices3606-142 and 606-159 and 606-136 or (606-131 and 606-161)This course provides a fundamental background in the design and application of jigs, fixtures, rapid prototyping equipment and gauging devices that are used in the manufacturing process. Classroom work is done through design work on CAD and Solidworks and research of standard tooling components from a variety of resources.

606-118Mechanisms3806-154 or 806-180 or 806-151The student will study and analyze the movement of mechanical systems using a combination of calculations and 2D and 3D simulation. Topics include vectors, displacement, velocity, and acceleration calculations, and developing skeleton representations of mechanisms.

606-121Mechanical Design Proj Mgmt2This course is introduces students to the importance of project management in a mechanical design environment. Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, and executing a plan to bring about the successful completion of specific goals while managing constraints of scope, costs and time. Learners will explore the systematic approach to coordinating, scheduling, and controlling activities, people, and resources during short-term and long-term design projects. Some of the tools presented include Work Breakdown Structures, Activity Diagrams, Risk registers and Gantt Charts.

606-141Strength of Materials3Program or pre-program student; 606-133 with a "C" or betterStudents will study and analyze the internal forces, stresses, and strains that are generated in machine parts by various loading conditions. Topics include tensile, compressive and shear stresses, bending, torsion, and column analysis. Calculations and hands-on demonstrations will be used.

801-197Technical Reporting3801-136 or 801-219Prepares and presents oral and written technical reports. Types of reports may include lab and field reports, proposals, technical letters and memos, technical research reports, and case studies. Designed as an advanced communication course for students who have completed at least the prerequisite introductory writing course with a grade of "D-".


Fourth Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

606-123Mechanism Design2The student will design mechanical system using graphical and analytical methods as well as 3D modeling and simulation tools. Topics include displacement of linkages, velocity and validations of acceleration calculation and force analysis.

606-127Machine Design4606-140Fundamental principles required for the correct design of shafts, gears, belt drives, sprockets, bearings, and other machine elements. Calculations will be relied upon to determine the size and proper material for machine components.

606-151Capstone Design Project2606-118 and 606-140 and 606-127 or concurrentThis course integrates technical knowledge, CAD, and documented communication skills acquired from the two-year mechanical design program. Actual design projects are documented to include a statement of the problem, product design requirements, analysis sketches with load conditions, a selection of materials, stress analysis and motion requirements, completed CAD details and assembly drawings, 3-D models or prototypes of graphic simulations. Research written and Internet design information, summaries, vendor reports, and computer generated designs for a compiled technical portfolio. Prerequisite: 4th semester status.

606-167Advanced CAD2606-130The Advanced CAD course will focus some of the topics found in our Solid Modeling and AutoCad courses which were forced out of the initial curriculum due to industry demands on more print reading and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance topics. The program will also introduce other software platform applications in this new course.

809-195Economics3Designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

809-199Psychology of Human Relations3Students will become acquainted with the basic theories and concepts of psychology and human behavior, enabling them to be more effective in their work and personal lives. A better understanding of human relations will help the individual adjust and grow in a complex society.



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Minimum Program Credits Required: 61

2.0 Minimum Program Cumulative GPA Required for Graduation
If a student does not enroll in any courses at CVTC for two or more consecutive semesters, the student will be required to reapply with Admissions. Students must abide by any changes in admission requirements and degree requirements.

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