School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

Truax A2105
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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Mechanical Design Technology

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 106061


As a Mechanical Design Technology student, you will: 

  • Apply skills that are used to assist in the design process for manufactured products used in everyday life.
  • Analyze product reliability costs and design to meet customer needs.
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to design parametric part models.
  • Use state-of-the-art additive manufacturing technology when creating 3D printed or rapid prototyped parts.
  • Acquire hands-on training in various manufacturing processes including machine tool operations, plastics processes, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), hydraulics and pneumatics.
  • Interpret and apply American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) drawing standards when creating engineering drawings.
  • Apply common industry quality practices when designing parts.
  • Learn to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Use project management principles when planning for projects, including scope, time and cost.
  • Apply math, science and communication skills.
  • Explore potential design career paths through field trips to high-tech companies.

Program Details

Students in the Mechanical Design Technology program can attend full or part time.

Mechanical Design Technology program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax


All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Mechanical Design Technology


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience, including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210. 


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester


MATC Mechanical Design Technology program graduates are prepared to:  

  • Communicate effectively in written, verbal, electronic and sketch formats to co-workers and customers.
  • Apply technical math and science knowledge to assist in the design of products and preparation of engineering drawings.
  • Use computers and appropriate software to solve problems and communicate in the mechanical design work environment.
  • Use industry-leading CAD systems to create parametric part models and engineering working drawings.
  • Apply technical drawing and design standards to engineering drawings and designs.
  • Analyze mechanical parts based upon selection criteria and strength requirements.
  • Use technology resources to assist in the selection of components used in designs.
  • Apply basic knowledge of project management considerations used in the industry.
  • Use the latest technology to create rapid prototyped parts.
  • Apply quality practices related to the mechanical design field.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors by effectively managing time, maintaining positive work/client relations, and displaying initiative and professional ethics.
  • Work effectively and productively, both independently and within a team environment.

Earning your Associate Degree in the Mechanical Design Technology program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:

  • Mechanical Drafter
  • Mechanical Design Technician
  • Detailer
  • CAD Drafter
  • Mechanical Designer

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Senior Mechanical Designer
  • Tool Designer
  • Mold Designer
  • CAD Specialist
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Machine Designer
  • Professional Engineer
  • Engineering Consultant
  • Director 

Graduates of this program have excellent career potential.

  • The average starting salary over the past two years for graduates of the Mechanical Design Technology program at Madison College ranges from $39,500 to $54,500.
  • Opportunities exist for graduates to transfer to four-year engineering degree programs, which upon successful completion potentially enhance job potential and growth. 

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