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Design & Drafting Technology Program Details

This embedded technical diploma will prepare you for a career in Mechanical Design. You will utilize the newest technology to develop detailed design drawings and specifications for mechanical equipment, dies, and tools using AutoCAD and SolidWorks software. While developing a student portfolio, you will learn to create two- and three-dimensional drawings, isometric drawings, and assemblies. Print reading visualization, sketching, and design document structuring will also be addressed. If you decide to pursue a Mechanical Design associate degree, this technical diploma will apply towards your degree.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to apply their credits to the Mechanical Design Associate Degree program.

Just the Facts

Design & Drafting Technology
17 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
One Year

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire and River Falls

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Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $2,764

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Additional Information

Non-Traditional Occupation

Mechanical Design Career Pathway  

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers. Learn more about Career Pathways.

Technical Diplomas

Design & Drafting Technology

Associate Degree

Mechanical Design

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These are a few of the courses you will take in the Design & Drafting Technology program.
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  • Basic CAD
    Basic 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, viewpoints, model space layout and paper space 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. All assignments are documented within an AutoCAD portfolio.
  • Measurement for Engineering
    This course will provide the theory, technique, and care of the coordinate measuring machine (CMM) and various measuring instruments. The student will apply blueprint reading skills and geometric tolerancing to projects while applying measuring techniques used with the CMM and basic measuring instruments. The student will be exposed to precision inspection methods as it relates to industrial blueprints, manufactured parts, and the student's projects.
  • Solid Modeling II
    The 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.


  • CAD Technician
  • Design Engineer
  • Designer Drafter
  • Drafter

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