Mechanical Design Student

Mechanical Design Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Mechanical designers pair design skills with a solid understanding of mechanics to develop comprehensive drawings and visual plans that assist engineers in creating specific products. These technical renderings show intricate product details, dimensions and structures, and indicate materials and procedures. In the Mechanical Design Technology program, study computer-aided drafting using the latest computer-aided design (CAD) applications, and learn about manufacturing processes, strength of materials, basic mechanisms and three-dimensional modeling.

  • Prepare for jobs such as mechanical designer, mold designer, CAD drafter, design technician or detailer.
  • Internship experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school Project Lead the Way courses.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $42,728

Program Code 10-606-1

Required Courses

+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

606-110 2
606-115 4
606-117 3
801-196 3
804-115 5

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities


Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 66
Colorado State University-Global CampusBachelor of Science in Business Management64
Concordia UniversityAny Bachelorsfull program
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
MSOEBachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology72
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Scienceminimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-MilwaukeeEngineeringup to 29 cr
UW-MilwaukeeComputer Scienceup to 29 cr
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies: Leadership and Organizational Studiesfull program
UW-PlattevilleBachelor of Science in Industrial Technology Management up to 46
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
UW-WaukeshaBachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)60-Junior Standing
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Randy Hoffman

Randy Hoffman

Phone: 262.691.7821


  • AAS--Mechanical Design, Waukesha County Technical College
  • BS--Mechanical Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering