Mechanical Design (CAD/Pro-E)

Program Description

Changes are occurring right now in manufacturing making it necessary for potential employees to have higher skill levels than ever before. Critical thinking, math and science, electronics and computer skills are at the top of the list.

An Associate in Applied Science degree in Mechanical Design Technology allows you to get those skills and specialize in Computer Aided Design (CAD)/Pro-E. The Mechanical Design Technology program includes proficiencies required by industry, delivered in a practical, hands-on method that applies directly to the world of work.

Pro-Engineer (Pro-E) is a standard in industry, that's why we incorporated it into our curriculum several years ago. In addition, we offer training in SolidWorks and AutoCAD. More than 500 hours of lab time prepare you well for employment. Our graduates' extensive CAD training gives them the edge in today's job market.

A two-year degree is the new criteria for the manufacturing employee. An Associate in Applied Science degree in CAD/Pro-E from Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is an excellent foundation for success.

Award Options

The CAD/Pro Engineer program is comprised of three separate degree paths - Certificate, Diploma, and Associate in Applied Science Degree.

All of the instructors' lectures are online, meaning students can listen to them whenever they want… or even repeat parts of lectures to make sure they understand the content.

Students then come into the college to do their actual hands-on work. Labs are available at Clinton and Muscatine Community Colleges, and the Blong Technology Center. The instructors have regularly-scheduled times they are at the colleges each week to answer questions and work with students one-on-one.

Degree options:

Associate in Applied Science - CAD\Pro Engineer 68 Credits

Job Classification

Mechanical Design Technicians assist engineers in design and development work by preparing detailed drawings showing exact dimensions and specifications. Most drawing are prepared on the computer (CAD system) utilizing advanced knowledge and skills of drafting, design, mechanical operations, geometric dimensioning and tolerances, strength of materials, and solid modeling.

In some instances mechanical design technicians will work with solid modeling software such as Pro-Engineer, basic modeling, basic detailing, assemblies and sheet metal for comprehensive design and processing of different mechanical/geometrical sub-assemblies, and/or systems.

Job Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides detailed information on hundreds of jobs - including:

  • earnings
  • expected job prospects
  • what workers do on the job
  • working conditions

In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each state, and more.

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