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

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completion of basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
69

 Technical 54
MACH 1090 Machining Fundamentals 2
MATH 1070 Technical Mathematics I  3  
MATH 1080 Technical Mathematics II  2  
MECH 1200 Mechanical CAD I 4
MECH 1216 Drafting Standards 5
MECH 1228 Materials and Processes 4
MECH 1243 Descriptive Geometry and Applications 3
MECH 2010 Power Transmission Design 3
MECH 2031 Process Design Drafting 3
MECH 2045 Design Projects 4
MECH 2055 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3
MECH 2064 Introduction to Inventor 4
MECH 2074 Introduction to SolidWorks 4
MECH 2080 Special Projects 3
MECH 2084 Introduction to ProE/Creo 4
MECH 2090 Advanced CAD 3
 
General Education/MnTC Requirements
15

ENGL1105
Composition
4

SPCH 1500
Intercultural Communications
3  
 OR
   
SPCH 1200
Interpersonal Communications
3  
MnTC Courses
8

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

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
 MECH1200  Mechanical CAD I 4
 MECH1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH2064
 Introduction to Inventor
4
 *TOTAL Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
13
 
Semester Two
 MACH1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
 MATH1070  Technical Mathematics I 3
 MATH1080  Technical Mathematics I 2
 MECH1228  Materials and Processes 4
MECH2074  Introduction to SolidWorks
4
 *TOTAL  Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
15
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Semester Three
 MECH2031  Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH2045  Design Projects
4
 MECH2084  Introduction to ProE/Creo
4
 *TOTAL  Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
11
 
 Semester Four
 MECH1243  Descriptive Geometry and Applications
3
 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
15
     
 * 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 seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

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

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please visit:

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

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

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completion of basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 58
 Technical
 51
 MATH1070  Technical Mathematics I
3
 MATH1080  Technical Mathematics II 2
 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
 MECH1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH2064
 Introduction to Inventor
4
 *TOTAL Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
13
 
Semester Two
 MATH1070
 Technical Mathematics I
 3
 MATH1080  Technical Mathematics I  2
 MACH1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
 MECH1228  Materials and Processes
4
 MECH2074  Introduction to SolidWorks
4
 *TOTAL  Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
15
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Semester Three
 MECH2031
  Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH2045
 Design Projects
4
 MECH2084
 Introduction to ProE/Creo
4
 *TOTAL  Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits
11
 
 Semester Four
 MECH1243  Descriptive Geometry and Applications
3
 MECH2010  Power Transmission Design
3
 MECH2055  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing  3
 MECH2090  Advanced CAD  3
 *TOTAL Does NOT include required general education/ MnTC credits 12
     
 *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 seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

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

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please visit:


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

Gainful Employment Report

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

In addition to drafting and detailing skills, the student receives training in related areas, such as industrial materials, manufacturing methods, machining and industrial relations. Students also receive hands-on training in Anoka Technical College’s computer-aided drafting (AutoCAD, Inventor, ProE/Creo and Solidworks) lab. Training in these programs opens up an entirely new area of job advancement, especially in large companies.

Prerequisites

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completion of basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

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 seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

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

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please visit:

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

Gainful Employment Report

The Anoka Technical College Basic CAD Drafting certificate is a 20-credit program that consists of technical courses designed to develop skills in mechanical drafting, design and related fields. In addition to drafting and detailing skills, the student receives training in related areas such as industrial materials, manufacturing methods, machining and industrial relations.
Students also receive hands-on training in Anoka Technical College’s computer-aided drafting (AutoCAD, Inventor, ProE/Creo and Solidworks) lab.

Prerequisites

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completion of basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

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 seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

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

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please visit:

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

Gainful Employment Report

Start

Fall: August

Delivery

Day
Evening: AutoCAD and Solidworks only

Awards

AAS Degree
Diploma
Advanced Certificate
Basic Certificate

Contact

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710