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Mechanical Design Overview

The need for innovative products across all industries triggered a rising demand for people trained in the design field. CVTC is meeting these needs with a Mechanical Design program. If you enjoy working with a team to design and develop new products and prepare them for the manufacturing process, CVTC’s new Mechanical Design program is right for you!

Utilize the newest technology, like laser engraving, 3D printing, and industry-utilized software while developing the basic skills and knowledge required to design products and solve problems.

Throughout the two-year program you will learn about:

  • CAD
  • Circuit Design
  • Drafting
  • Electrical systems
  • Hydraulics
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Knowledge of machines and their mechanisms
  • 3D Modeling

Career Opportunities


Design Drafter

Design Engineer


Just the Facts

Mechanical Design
60 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire and River Falls

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   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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Estimated Total:  $11,895

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in the Mechanical Design program.

Manufacturing Materials and Processes
Manufacturing materials includes the study of metals, plastics, elastomers, woods, ceramics, glass, composites, cement, and concrete properties. Manufacturing processes include mechanical tool cutting, machining, electrochemical milling, photochemical etching, laser machining, casting, fabricating, joining, heat treating, and secondary finishing operations. Automation applications such as robotics, and computer integrated technologies are also included with local case studies of industry. Applications and fundamental inspection techniques associated with the various materials are explored.

Solid Modeling I
This 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.

Tool Design Practices
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.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

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

Mechanical Design Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Mechanical Design professionals make an average starting salary of $45,760.


Regional Jobs

There are 25 job openings in the CVTC district for the Mechanical Design industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from EMSI which is an Economic Modeling Software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.


Focus On Student Success

Within the area, there is so much opportunity, and lots of internships. The job placement for this program will be very high. I can go from CVTC to UW-Stout and get my bachelor’s degree in engineering. It’s nice knowing everything I am doing here will transfer, so I’m not wasting any time.

Josh, Mechanical Design Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Architectural Structural Design, Associate Degree

Design & Drafting Technology, Technical Diploma

Manufacturing Engineering Technologist, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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