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Mechanical Design Program Details

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
  • Solidworks
  • 3D Modeling

Just the Facts

Mechanical Design Technology
60 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire and River Falls

Start Dates

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $9,945

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CVTC offers up to $5,000 scholarships to students enrolled full-time in STEM programs who exhibit academic talent and financial need. To learn more and apply, click here.

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Pathway Credentials

Design & Drafting Technology

Embedded Technical Diploma

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.

Career Opportunities

  • CAD Technician
  • Designer Drafter
  • Design Engineer
  • Drafter

Just the Facts

Design & Drafting Technology
17 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program
One Year

Delivery Method:

Program Location:
Eau Claire & River Falls

Start Dates:

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $2,636

How To Enroll

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These are a few of the courses you will take in the Mechanical Design program. For more detailed course info, click here.

  • 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.

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Drafter
  • Design Drafter
  • Design Engineer
  • Designer

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Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 1% growth is projected in manufacturing engineering positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

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