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The Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, a diploma and a CAD Operator certificate 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
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Hands-on education taught by industry experts

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Great career for problem-solvers who are interested in engineering, mechanical and mathematical solutions

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Work in a variety of industries with growth potential

Potential Jobs:

  • CADD Operator
  • Designer
  • CAD Drafter
  • CAD Technician
  • Mechanical Drafter

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $30.06 per hour
Top Earners: $49.14 per hour

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

The Anoka Technical College Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Mechanical Drafting & Design Technology is a 69 credit program that consists of technical courses designed to develop skills in mechanical drafting, design, and related fields.

All manufactured goods are created following a design process and this process needs to be documented. This documentation includes three-dimensional computer models, detailed two-dimensional drawings, bill of materials, engineering and manufacturing changes, physical prototypes, and more. The ability to follow strict industry standards while utilizing creativity to solve and document complex problems is the job of a mechanical designer.

In addition to drafting and detailing skills, students receive training in related areas such as industrial materials, manufacturing methods, machining, and professional communication.
Students also receive hands-on training in Anoka Technical College’s computer aided drafting lab. (AutoCAD, Inventor, ProE/Creo, and SolidWorks)

The primary goal of the Mechanical Drafting and Design program is to provide all graduates with the solid technical foundation necessary to ensure their success in a wide variety of employment opportunities. To accomplish this goal, program learning outcomes and program objectives are defined and assessed for continuous improvement.

Program Objectives. Graduates two to three years into their careers should have the foundation to:
1. Identify, create and evaluate solutions to complex engineering-related problems in a timely and professional manner utilizing the skills developed in the areas of design, manufacturing and mechanics.
2. Solve technical problems while considering the local, national, and global requirements and impact of the solution.
3. Successfully function as a team member and leader.

  1. Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
  2. Apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  3. Conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
  4. Function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  5. Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems.
  6. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  7. Understand the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  8. Understand and commit to addressing professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  9. Commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in engineering materials, applied mechanics, and manufacturing methods.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in applied drafting practice emphasizing mechanical components and systems, as well as fundamentals of descriptive geometry, orthographic projection, sectioning, tolerancing and dimensioning, and basic computer aided drafting and design with technical depth in at least one of these areas.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in the application of physics and engineering materials having an emphasis in applied mechanics, or in-depth application of physics having emphasis in mechanical components and design.

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

Take a self-guided virtual tour of our campus to see what it's like to be a student at Anoka Tech. View program labs, common student spaces, campus offices and more. 

Virtual Tour

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

MnTC General Education Requirements

This program requires completion of the following fifteen credits of general education from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the MnTC course list for elective courses:

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENGL 1107 OR ENGL 2105  Composition I (Goal 1&2)/Business and Technical Writing (Goal 1&2) 4
 SPCH 1200 OR SPCH 1500  Interpersonal Communications (Goal 1&7) /Interpersonal Communications (Goal 1&7)    3
 MnTC Electives   8

Program Sequence

Fall Semester 18
 MATH 1081  Technical Mathematics 5
 MECH 1200  Mechanical CAD I 4
 MECH 1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH 2064  Introduction to Inventor
4
Spring Semester  16
 ENGL 1107 OR ENGL 2105  Composition I/ Business and Technical Writing 4
 MACH 1090  Machining Fundamentals 2
 MECH 1229  Materials and Processes 3
 MECH 2055  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3
 MECH 2074  Introduction to SolidWorks
4
Fall Semester  18
 MECH 1235  Statics and Strengths of Materials 4
 MECH 2035  Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH 2084  Introduction to ProE/Creo
4
 SPCH 1200 OR SPCH 1500  Interpersonal Communications/ Intercultural Communications 3
 MnTC Elective   4
Spring Semester 17
 MECH 1245  Sheet Metal Concepts and Applications 3
 MECH 2045  Design Projects
4
 MECH 2080  Special Projects 3
 MECH 2090  Advanced CAD 3
 MnTC Elective   4

Students who start in the spring will need more time to complete this program. Limited first semester technical courses are offered in the spring semester.

Students can choose to complete the Mechanical Drafting & Design programs part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisor for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

Below, new students can find the first semester part-time course options. After the first semester, work with your faculty advisor to plan future semesters.

First Semester Course Options

Fall Semester:

MECH 1216, MATH 1070 & 1080*, MECH 1200, MECH 2064

Spring Semester: 

MECH 1229, MACH 1090, MECH 2074, ENGL 1107 OR ENGL 2105, MECH 2055

*MATH 1070 & MATH 1080 must be taken together in the same semester

View Course Schedule

Notes: Course options differ depending on whether you plan to start in the fall or spring semester. The courses are listed in order of importance; for example, diploma and/or AAS degree students wishing to start in the fall semester with just 1 course would take MECH 1216, if they wish to take 2 courses they would take MECH 1216 with MATH 1070/1080, etc. 

Faculty

Gk6577ew
Paul Klevann
PKlevann@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

Current Students

register for classes

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Apply to Graduate

The Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, a diploma and a CAD Operator certificate 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
Handsoneducation Blk

Hands-on education taught by industry experts

Manufactjob Blk

Great career for problem-solvers who are interested in engineering, mechanical and mathematical solutions

Opportunities Blk

Work in a variety of industries with growth potential

Potential Jobs:

  • CADD Operator
  • Designer
  • CAD Drafter
  • CAD Technician
  • Mechanical Drafter

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $30.06 per hour
Top Earners: $49.14 per hour

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

The Anoka Technical College Mechanical CAD Drafter diploma is a 58 credit program that consists of technical courses designed to develop skills in mechanical drafting, design, and related fields.

All manufactured goods are created following a design process and this process needs to be documented. This documentation includes three-dimensional computer models, detailed two-dimensional drawings, bill of materials, engineering and manufacturing changes, physical prototypes, and more. The ability to follow strict industry standards while utilizing creativity to solve and document complex problems is the job of a mechanical designer.

In addition to drafting and detailing skills, the students receive training in related areas such as industrial materials, manufacturing methods, machining, and professional communication.
Students also receive hands-on training in Anoka Technical College’s computer aided drafting lab. (AutoCAD, Inventor, ProE/Creo, and SolidWorks)

The primary goal of the Mechanical Drafting and Design program is to provide all graduates with the solid technical foundation necessary to ensure their success in a wide variety of employment opportunities. To accomplish this goal, program learning outcomes and program objectives are defined and assessed for continuous improvement.

Program Objectives. Graduates two to three years into their careers should have the foundation to:
1. Identify, create and evaluate solutions to complex engineering-related problems in a timely and professional manner utilizing the skills developed in the areas of design, manufacturing and mechanics.
2. Solve technical problems while considering the local, national, and global requirements and impact of the solution.
3. Successfully function as a team member and leader.

  1. Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
  2. Apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  3. Conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
  4. Function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  5. Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems.
  6. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  7. Understand the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  8. Understand and commit to addressing professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  9. Commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in engineering materials, applied mechanics, and manufacturing methods.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in applied drafting practice emphasizing mechanical components and systems, as well as fundamentals of descriptive geometry, orthographic projection, sectioning, tolerancing and dimensioning, and basic computer aided drafting and design with technical depth in at least one of these areas.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in the application of physics and engineering materials having an emphasis in applied mechanics, or in-depth application of physics having emphasis in mechanical components and design.

Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program graduates find employment with manufacturing companies, 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 engineers as they gain experience. Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

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

Take a self-guided virtual tour of our campus to see what it's like to be a student at Anoka Tech. View program labs, common student spaces, campus offices and more. 

Virtual Tour

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Fall Semester 18
 MATH 1081  Technical Mathematics 5
 MECH 1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH 1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH 2064  Introduction to Inventor 4
 Spring Semester 12
MACH 1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
MECH 1229  Materials and Processes
3
 MECH 2055  Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3
MECH 2074  SolidWorks
4
 Fall Semester  15
 ENGL 1107 or ENGL 2105  Composition I/Business and Technical Writing (Goal 1&2) 4
 MECH 1235  Statics and Strengths of Materials 4
MECH 2035  Process Design Drafting
3
 MECH 2084  Introduction to ProE/Creo
4
 Spring Semester  13
 MECH 1245  Sheet Metal Concepts and Applications
3
 MECH 2045  Design Projects
4
 MECH 2080  Special Projects 3
 MECH 2090  Advanced CAD  3

Students who start in the Spring will need more time to complete this program. Limited first semester technical courses are offered in the spring semester.

Students can choose to complete the Mechanical Drafting & Design programs part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisor for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

Below, new students can find the first semester part-time course options. After the first semester, work with your faculty advisor to plan future semesters.

First Semester Course Options

Fall Semester:

MECH 1216, MATH 1070 & 1080*, MECH 1200, MECH 2064

Spring Semester: 

MECH 1229, MACH 1090, MECH 2074, ENGL 1107 OR ENGL 2105, MECH 2055

*MATH 1070 & MATH 1080 must be taken together in the same semester

View Course Schedule

Notes: Course options differ depending on whether you plan to start in the fall or spring semester. The courses are listed in order of importance; for example, diploma and/or AAS degree students wishing to start in the fall semester with just 1 course would take MECH 1216, if they wish to take 2 courses they would take MECH 1216 with MATH 1070/1080, etc. 

Faculty

Gk6577ew
Paul Klevann
PKlevann@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

Current Students

register for classes

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Apply to Graduate

The Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, a diploma and a CAD Operator certificate 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
Handsoneducation Blk

Hands-on education taught by industry experts

Manufactjob Blk

Great career for problem-solvers who are interested in engineering, mechanical and mathematical solutions

Opportunities Blk

Work in a variety of industries with growth potential

Potential Jobs:

  • CADD Operator
  • Designer
  • CAD Drafter
  • CAD Technician
  • Mechanical Drafter

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $30.06 per hour
Top Earners: $49.14 per hour

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

The Anoka Technical College Mechanical CAD Operator certificate is a 25 credit program that consists of technical courses designed to develop skills in mechanical drafting.

In addition to drafting and detailing skills, the students receive training in related areas such as industrial materials, manufacturing methods, and professional communication. Students also receive hands-on training in Anoka Technical College’s computer aided drafting lab. (AutoCAD, Inventor, ProE/Creo, and SolidWorks)

The primary goal of the Mechanical Drafting and Design program is to provide all graduates with the solid technical foundation necessary to ensure their success in a wide variety of employment opportunities.

  1. Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
  2. Apply written, oral and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  3. Understand the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  4. Commit to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in engineering materials, applied mechanics and manufacturing methods.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in applied drafting practice emphasizing mechanical components and systems, as well as fundamentals of descriptive geometry, orthographic projection, sectioning, tolerancing and dimensioning and basic computer aided drafting and design with technical depth in at least one of these areas.

Anoka Technical College Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program graduates find employment with manufacturing companies, 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 engineers as they gain experience. Other areas of advancement include purchasing and sales.

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

Take a self-guided virtual tour of our campus to see what it's like to be a student at Anoka Tech. View program labs, common student spaces, campus offices and more. 

Virtual Tour

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

 Fall Semester  13
 MECH 1200  Mechanical CAD I
4
 MECH 1216  Drafting Standards
5
 MECH 2064 OR MECH 2084  Introduction to Inventor/ Introduction to ProE/Creo  4 
 Spring Semester
12
 MACH 1090  Machining Fundamentals
2
 MECH 1229  Materials and Processes 3
 MECH 2074  SolidWorks 4
 MECH 2090  Advanced CAD 3

Students can choose to complete the Mechanical Drafting & Design programs part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisor for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

Below, new students can find the first semester part-time course options. After the first semester, work with your faculty advisor to plan future semesters.

First Semester Course Options

Fall Semester:

MECH 1216, MECH 2064, MECH 1200

Spring Semester: 

MECH 1229, MACH 1090, MECH 2074

View Course Schedule

Notes: Course options differ depending on whether you plan to start in the fall or spring semester. The courses are listed in order of importance; for example, diploma and/or AAS degree students wishing to start in the fall semester with just 1 course would take MECH 1216, if they wish to take 2 courses they would take MECH 1216 with MATH 1070/1080, etc. 

Faculty

Gk6577ew
Paul Klevann
PKlevann@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

Current Students

register for classes

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Apply to Graduate

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Fall semester: August
Spring semester: January*

*with instructor approval

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