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Mechanical Drafting & Design

The Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program offers a degree, a diploma and two CAD certificates to prepare graduates for high-demand careers in engineering companies that design and manufacture products.

Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology graduates work in a variety of settings:

  • Manufacturing companies
  • Engineering firms
  • Electro-mechanical companies
  • Contract firms


The Anoka Technical College associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology is a 69-credit program.  The program consists of technical courses designed to develop skills in mechanical drafting, design and related fields. These courses combined with Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) general education courses provide students a solid education for the work place or a launching point to move on to other educational opportunities. 

Learn:
  • Drafting
  • Detailing 
  • Industrial materials
  • Manufacturing methods 
  • Machining
  • Industrial relations
Hands-on Computer-aided Drafting (CAD) Training:
  • AutoCAD 
  • Inventor
  • ProE/Creo 
  • Solidworks


Prerequisites

Although no prior knowledge or experience is necessary to succeed in this program.

Prospective students should have a high school diploma or GED.

A background in algebra/trigonometry, drafting, metalworking or computers can be helpful.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 69
 Technical
54
MATH1050 Technical Mathematics           5
MACH1090 Machining Fundamentals
2
MECH1200 Mechanical CAD I
4
MECH1216 Drafting Standards
5
MECH1228 Materials and Processes
4
MECH1243 Descriptive Geometry and Applications            3
MECH2010 Power Transmission Design            3
MECH2031 Process Design Drafting            3
MECH2045 Design Projects            4
MECH2055 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing            3
MECH2064 Introduction to Inventor
4
MECH2074 Introduction to SolidWorks
4
MECH2080 Special Projects             3
MECH2084 Introduction to ProE/Creo
4
MECH2090 Advanced CAD
3
 
General Education/MnTC Requirements
15

Fifteen (15) general education credits of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required.

Students are required to select courses from three or more MnTC Goal Areas.

Of the fifteen (15) required general education credits, one Speech class of three (3) or more credits is required, and one English class of four (4) or more credits is required.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Semester One
 MATH1050  Technical Math 5
 MECH1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH1216  Drafting Standards
5
   
 *TOTAL Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
14
 
Semester Two
 MACH1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
 MECH1228  Materials and Processes
4
 MECH2064  Introduction to Inventor
4
 MECH2074  Introduction to SolidWorks
4
   
 *TOTAL  Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
14
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Semester Three
 MECH1243  Descriptive Geometry and Applications
3
 MECH2031  Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH2045  Design Projects
4
 MECH2084  Introduction to ProE/Creo
4
     
 *TOTAL  Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
14
 
 Semester Four
 MECH2010  Power Transmission Design
3
 MECH2055  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
3
 MECH2080  Special Projects
3
 MECH2090  Advanced CAD       3
     
 *TOTAL Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
12
     
 * Fifteen (15) general education/MnTC credits are required for this program and are NOT included in this sequence. See program Credits for details.
   

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

A four-year degree is often required to advance to a drafting management position.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link

Anoka Tech has an articulation agreement with the University of Minnesota/Crookston for a four-year bachelor of Manufacturing Management degree. The University of Minnesota/Crookston program is often completed in two to three years. Classes are offered in the evenings so as not to conflict with work schedules.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program graduates find employment with manufacturing companies, big and small, engineering firms, electro-mechanical companies and contract firms.

Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology graduates have the necessary knowledge and an excellent foundation to begin their careers as mechanical drafters in engineering departments that design and manufacture hard goods products of every description.

Most mechanical drafters begin as detail drafters, making the drawings required for the manufacture of products.

Mechanical drafters can advance to supervisory positions within the department or may advance to assistant engineer as they gain experience.

Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Most mechanical drafters begin as detail drafters, making the drawings required for the manufacture of products.

Mechanical drafters can advance to supervisory positions within the department or may advance to assistant engineer as they gain experience.

Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) is an important part of the Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting program. CAD training opens up an entirely new area of job advancement, especially in large companies.

A four-year degree is often required to advance to a drafting management position.

The Anoka Technical College CAD Drafter diploma is a 58-credit program.

The program consists of technical courses designed to develop skills in mechanical drafting, design and related fields.

Learn:
  • Drafting
  • Detailing 
  • Industrial materials
  • Manufacturing methods 
  • Machining
  • Industrial relations
Hands-on Computer-aided Drafting (CAD) Training:
  • AutoCAD 
  • Inventor
  • ProE/Creo 
  • Solidworks

Prerequisites

Although no prior knowledge or experience is necessary to succeed in this program.

Prospective students should have a high school diploma or GED.

A background in algebra/trigonometry, drafting, metalworking or computers can be helpful.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 58
 Technical
 51
 MATH1050  Technical Math      5
 MACH1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
 MECH1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH1228  Materials and Processes
4
 MECH1243  Descriptive Geometry and Applications
3
 MECH2010  Power Transmission Drafting and Design
3
 MECH2031  Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH2045  Design Projects
4
 MECH2055  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
3
 MECH2064  Introduction to Inventor      4
 MECH2074  Introduction to Solidworks
4
 MECH2084  Introduction to ProE/Creo
4
 MECH2090  Advanced CAD         3
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
7

Seven (7) general education credits of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required.

Students are required to take the following two courses.

 ENGL1105  Composition I
4
 SPCH1200  Interpersonal Communication
3
 

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Semester One
 MATH1050  Technical Math 5
 MECH1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH1216  Drafting Standards
5
   
 *TOTAL Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
14
 
Semester Two
 MACH1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
 MECH1228  Materials and Processes
4
 MECH2064  Introduction to Inventor
4
 MECH2074  Introduction to SolidWorks
4
   
 *TOTAL  Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
14
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Semester Three
 MECH1243  Descriptive Geometry and Applications
3
 MECH2031  Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH2045  Design Projects
4
 MECH2084  Introduction to ProE/Creo
4
     
 *TOTAL  Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
14
 
 Semester Four
 MECH2010  Power Transmission Design
3
 MECH2055  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
3
 MECH2090  Advanced CAD       3
     
 *TOTAL Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
9
     
 *Seven (7) general education/MnTC credits (MATH1050 and SPCH1200) are required for this program and are NOT included in this sequence. See program Credits for details.
   

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

A four-year degree is often required to advance to a drafting management position.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

Anoka Tech has an articulation agreement with the University of Minnesota/Crookston for a four-year bachelor of Manufacturing Management degree. The University of Minnesota/Crookston program is often completed in two to three years. Classes are offered in the evenings so as not to conflict with work schedules.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program graduates find employment with manufacturing companies, big and small, engineering firms, electro-mechanical companies and contract firms.

Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology graduates have the necessary knowledge and an excellent foundation to begin their careers as mechanical drafters in engineering departments that design and manufacture hard goods products of every description.

Most mechanical drafters begin as detail drafters, making the drawings required for the manufacture of products.

Mechanical drafters can advance to supervisory positions within the department or may advance to assistant engineer as they gain experience.

Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Most mechanical drafters begin as detail drafters, making the drawings required for the manufacture of products.

Mechanical drafters can advance to supervisory positions within the department or may advance to assistant engineer as they gain experience.

Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) is an important part of the Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting program. CAD training opens up an entirely new area of job advancement, especially in large companies.

A four-year degree is often required to advance to a drafting management position.

Gainful Employment Report

The Anoka Technical College Advanced CAD certificate is a 30-credit program.

Although no prior knowledge or experience is necessary to succeed in this program, a background in algebra/trigonometry, drafting, metalworking or computers can be helpful.

Prerequisites

Although no prior knowledge or experience is necessary to succeed in this program.

Prospective students should have a high school diploma or GED.

A background in algebra/trigonometry, drafting, metalworking or computers can be helpful.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 30
 Technical

 MECH1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH1243  Descriptive Geometry and Applications
3
 MECH2031  Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH2055  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
3
 MECH2064  Introduction to Inventor
4
 MECH2074  Introduction to Solidworks
4
 
Select four (4) credits from this list of electives
 MACH1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
 MECH1228  Materials and Processes
4
 MECH2084  Introduction to ProE/Creo         4
 MECH2090  Advanced CAD         3
 

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Semester One
 MECH1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH2064  Introduction to Inventor
4

 
 *TOTAL
13
 
 Semester  Two
 MECH1243  Descriptive Geometry and Applications
3
 MECH2031  Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH2055  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
3
 MECH2074  Introduction to SolidWorks         4
     
 *TOTAL  Does NOT include required electives
13
 
 * A minimum of four (4) elective credits are required for this program and are NOT included in this sequence. See program Credits for details.
   

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

The Anoka Technical College Advanced CAD Drafting certificate program has credit transferability to the Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology associate in applied science (AAS) degree and diploma programs.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program graduates find employment with manufacturing companies, big and small, engineering firms, electro-mechanical companies and contract firms.

Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology graduates have the necessary knowledge and an excellent foundation to begin their careers as mechanical drafters in engineering departments that design and manufacture hard goods products of every description.

Most mechanical drafters begin as detail drafters, making the drawings required for the manufacture of products.

Mechanical drafters can advance to supervisory positions within the department or may advance to assistant engineer as they gain experience.

Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Most mechanical drafters begin as detail drafters, making the drawings required for the manufacture of products.

Mechanical drafters can advance to supervisory positions within the department or may advance to assistant engineer as they gain experience.

Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) is an important part of the Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting program. CAD training opens up an entirely new area of job advancement, especially in large companies.

A four-year degree is often required to advance to a drafting management position.

Gainful Employment Report

The Anoka Technical College Basic CAD Drafting certificate is a 20-credit program.  
Credits earned in this certificate are transferable to other awards in the Mechanical Drafting and Design programs.

Prerequisites

Although no prior knowledge or experience is necessary to succeed in this program.

Prospective students should have a high school diploma or GED.

A background in algebra/trigonometry, drafting, metalworking or computers can be helpful.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 20
 Technical Education Requirements
20
 MECH1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH1243  Descriptive Geometry and Applications
3
 MECH2045  Design Projects
4
 
 Select four (4) Technical Elective credits:
 MACH1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
 MECH1228  Materials and Processes
4
 MECH2055  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing       3
 MECH2064  Introduction to Inventor       4
 

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Semester One
 MECH1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH1216  Drafting Standards
5
   
 *TOTAL  Does NOT include required electives
9
 
 Semester  Two
 MECH1243  Descriptive Geometry and Applications
3
 MECH2045  Design Projects
4
     
 *TOTAL  Does NOT include required electives
7
 
 * A minimum of four (4) elective credits are required for this program and are NOT included in this sequence. See program Credits for details.
   

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

The Anoka Technical College Basic CAD Drafting certificate program has credit transferability to the Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology associate in applied science (AAS) degree and diploma programs.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program graduates find employment with manufacturing companies, big and small, engineering firms, electro-mechanical companies and contract firms.

Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology graduates have the necessary knowledge and an excellent foundation to begin their careers as mechanical drafters in engineering departments that design and manufacture hard goods products of every description.

Most mechanical drafters begin as detail drafters, making the drawings required for the manufacture of products.

Mechanical drafters can advance to supervisory positions within the department or may advance to assistant engineer as they gain experience.

Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Most mechanical drafters begin as detail drafters, making the drawings required for the manufacture of products.

Mechanical drafters can advance to supervisory positions within the department or may advance to assistant engineer as they gain experience.

Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) is an important part of the Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting program. CAD training opens up an entirely new area of job advancement, especially in large companies.

A four-year degree is often required to advance to a drafting management position.

Gainful Employment Report

Start

Fall: August

Delivery

Day
Evening: AutoCAD and Solidworks only

Awards

AAS Degree
Diploma
Advanced Certificate
Basic Certificate

Contact

Peggy Armstrong
763-576-4176