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Mechanical Design Technology

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Degree Type
60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code

Time to Degree
2 years

Start Date
August / January

How You'll Learn

  • On Campus
  • Daytime
  • Evening

Mechanical designers combine design skills with mechanics to develop complex visual plans that assist engineers in creating specific products. These technical renderings show intricate details, dimensions and structures, and indicate materials and procedures. In this program, study computer-aided drafting using current computer-aided design applications, and learn about manufacturing processes, material strength, basic mechanisms and three-dimensional modeling.

How To Apply

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading, writing and math skills:
    • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
    • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
    • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
    • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

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Potential Careers

If you have an interest in computer design and drafting programs, have a strong analytical mind and a desire to learn, a career as a mechanical design technician might be right for you. Those in this field work closely with mechanical engineers to develop and manufacture specialty equipment and products.

  • Mechanical Designer
  • Mold Designer
  • CAD Drafter
  • Design Technician
  • Design Detailer
High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

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Career Salaries

$44,400 – $72,700 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. You’ll benefit from hands-on learning in real-world settings through technical internship experiences.
  2. Develop skills working with a variety of hand and power tools.
  3. Gain an introduction to three-dimensional printing in the program lab.

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