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Associate Degree

Mechanical Design

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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 students will learn:

  • An understanding of manufacturing processes, machines and their mechanisms, including hydraulics, circuit design, and electrical systems
  • Application of principles of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing
  • Drafting and design software including CAD and SOLIDWORKS
  • The selection, set-up, and calibration of measurement tools and instrumentation
  • How to prepare laboratory reports and systems documentation associated with development, installation, or maintenance of mechanical components and systems
  • A basic familiarity and use of industry codes, specifications, and standards
  • Utilization of all the skills they’ve acquired throughout the program in a capstone project.

Part of a career pathway, you will already have credits toward the Mechanical Design program if you completed the Design & Drafting Technology technical diploma at CVTC. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

Program Objectives & Student Outcomes

The Mechanical Design program is committed to providing the best curriculum and education to its students. Read the program's mission statement, program objectives, and student learning outcomes.

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

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Just the Facts

Mechanical Design
61 Credit Associate Degree

Program Length
Two Years

Delivery Method
Face-to-Face, Online

Program Location
Eau Claire, Online

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Financial Aid Eligible


Advanced Placement Available


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $10,868

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Career Opportunities

CAD Designer

Engineering Drafter


Mechanical Design Technician

Mechanical Designer

Product Design Specialist

Graduate Employers

AJ Manufacturing

Badger Truck Refrigeration

Catalytic Combustion Corporation

Global Finishing Solutions

Riverside Machine & Engineering

Wisconsin Mechanical Solutions

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Mechanical Design graduates reported an average starting salary of $52,116.



83% of our recent Mechanical Design graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

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


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Mechanical Design program.

Sample Courses

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.

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Career Pathways  What is a 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.

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I felt more like a person here rather than a number at a big school. I have good relationships with my instructors and they teach so efficiently. I’m very happy here with the personal relationships with the instructors.


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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

Design & Drafting Technology, Technical Diploma

Machine Tooling Technics, Technical Diploma

Mechanical Maintenance, Technical Diploma

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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  Unsure of which program you'd like to go into? Learn more about our Career Assessment to help narrow down your options.

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Program Accreditation

ABET - Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission

Associates of Applied Science Manufacturing Engineering Technologist is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs. ABET accreditation assures confidence that a collegiate program has met standards essential to prepare graduates to enter critical STEM fields in the global workforce.

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Admission Requirements

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Advanced Placement

This program has an advanced placement option. Eligibility for advanced placement requires students to meet additional requirements.

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