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Mechanical Drafting Technology

What is 'Mechanical Design Technology (DRAF)?

Whether it's on paper or in pixels on a computer screen, every product begins as a drawing. As a drafting technician, you will use your drawing and analytical capabilities to turn specification lists into technical drawings so that ideas become a reality. The Mechanical Design Technology program at Metropolitan Community College offers a balanced curriculum that includes coursework in a classical drafting techniques, computer-aided design, solid modeling, and exploration of manufacturing materials and processes. Local industries provide many employment opportunities in drafting and design.

Is it for you?

Is Mechanical Design Technology for you? If you have a strong computer, mathematical and analytical skills, are a good communicator and a team player, a career in mechanical design could be a good fit for you. Drafters and CAD operators have the desire to grow and continue their education.

Jobs and Salary Expectations

Students in this field become drafters, CAD operators or technicians in the following industries: electronics, structural, automotive, foundry casting, manufacturing and piping/architectural. 

CAD technicians translate ideas and sketches from engineers, architects and scientists into detailed drawings of machinery and mechanical devices that are used for manufacturing and construction. Duties of CAD technicians may include interpreting directions, making sketches, preparing drawings to scale and calculating the strength, quality, quantity and cost of materials.

Program Faculty

Dave Lueders—531-MCC-2361

Program Descriptions

  • Mechanical Design Technology (DRAS1) - associate in applied science, provides a balanced curriculum which includes coursework in classical drafting techniques, state-of-the-art computer-aided design and exploration of manufacturing materials and processes
  • Mechanical Design Technology (DRTC1) -  certificate of achievement, provides students with basic skills in classical drafting techniques and computer-aided drafting
  • Computer-Aided Manufacturing Design (DCMSD) - career certificate, enables students to enhance their job-relevant skills in the workplace using CAD software
  • Computer-Aided Design (DCDSD) - career certificate, allows students to apply CAD software in the design of cams, gears, mechanisms and other machine components
  • Computer-Aided Drafting (DCASD) - career certificate, allows students to use 2-D and a variety of 3-D CAD solids modeling software to complete the drafting details and assemblies

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