Mechanical Design Technology
Associate Degree in Applied Science
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.
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
Explore financial aid eligibility for Mechanical Design Technology.
All courses for this program are offered only in person.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.
- 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.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC.
Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
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MATC Mechanical Design Technology program graduates are prepared to:
- Prepare detail and assembly drawings for documentation of mechanical components and products.
- Create computer-aid design (CAD) geometry, parts and assemblies.
- Design mechanical components and products.
- Analyze mechanical engineering problems.
- Select purchased parts.
- Work effectively and productively, both independently and within a team work environment to develop customer focused needs.
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
- 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
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.
Estimated Program Cost
# of Credits for Completion70Tuition$9555.00Materials/Supplemental Costs$1186.30Other Costs$0.00Total Estimated Program Costs:
(book costs not included)$10741.30
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2016 2017 2018 Number of Program Graduates 10 17 13 Number of Surveys Sent 9 17 12 Number of Surveys Returned 8 15 9 Percent of Surveys Returned 88.90% 88.20% 75.00% Available for Employment 8 15 9 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% Not in Labor Market 0 0 0 Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Available for Employment
2016 2017 2018 Graduates Employed 8 13 9 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 86.70% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 7 8 7 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 87.50% 61.50% 77.80% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 5 2 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 12.50% 38.50% 22.20% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 0 2 0 Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 13.30% 0.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.4 3.3 Number of Satisfaction Responses 8 14 9 Very Satisfied 3 6 5 Percent Very Satisfied 37.50% 42.90% 55.60% Satisfied 5 8 3 Percent Satisfied 62.50% 57.10% 33.30% Unsatisfied 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfied 0 0 1 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 11.10% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Number of Primary Reason Responses 8 15 9 Preparation for Getting a Job 4 7 4 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 50.00% 46.70% 44.40% Career Change 3 5 4 Percent Career Change 37.50% 33.30% 44.40% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 3 1 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 20.00% 11.10% Preparation for Further Education 1 0 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 12.50% 0.00% 0.00% Personal Interest 0 0 0 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2016 2017 2018 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 8 13 9 Before Enrollment 1 3 1 Percent Before Enrollment 12.50% 23.10% 11.10% While Attending the College 2 6 4 Percent While Attending the College 25.00% 46.20% 44.40% After Training at the College 5 4 4 Percent After Training at the College 62.50% 30.80% 44.40% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2016 2017 2018 Number of Employment Location Responses 8 13 9 In College District 5 13 8 Percent In College District 62.50% 100.00% 88.90% In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 0 1 Percent of In Wisconsin 25.00% 0.00% 11.10% Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 12.50% 0.00% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 6 7 7 Average Monthly Wage $3,197 $3,229 $3,861 Average Hourly Wage $18.59 $18.77 $22.45 Average Work Hours per Week 41.4 43.6 42.1 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $14.00 Average Work Hours per Week 15
Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018 Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison Number of Full Time Positions Open 77 606 Number of Part Time Positions Open 8 79 Total Jobs 85 685 Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018 Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions Diesel Forward Manufacturing Engineer Windsor Plastic Ingenuity Inc Mechanical Engineering Intern Cross Plains Sub-Zero Freezer Co, Inc Drafter 2 Tormach Inc Mechanical Design Technician Waunakee United Science Mechanical Designer Osceola Wisconsin Built Engineer Deerfield
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