Changes are occurring right now in manufacturing that make it necessary for potential
employees to have higher skill levels than ever before. Critical thinking, problem
solving, math, science, computer abilities, team building and communication skills
are at the top of the list.
Any graduate from the EICC Mechanical Design Technology program will receive these
skills as part of their intensive computer aided design (CAD) training. The Mechanical
Design Technology program includes proficiencies require by industry, delivered in
a practical hand’s on method that applies directly to the world of work.
Parametric solid modeling is now the standard in the industry. That’s why here at
EICC we incorporated it into our curriculum several years ago. We offer solid modeling
training in the industry standard software of both SolidWorks and Pro-Engineer (Pro
E), all the while requiring hundreds of hours of lab time which prepares our students
well for employment. Our graduates’ extensive CAD training gives them the edge they
need to succeed in today’s job market.
- Associate in Applied Science
All three of these awards/paths to completion are available via the EICC MediaSite
system and are offered at the Blong Technology Center in Davenport as well as Clinton
Community College and Muscatine Community College.
What is MediaSite?
Starting in the fall of 2009, the Mechanical Design Technology program has been offered
district wide through the EICC MediaSite system. This technology allows students access
to lectures of the internet at the BTC, CCC, or MCC sites, or any site of the student’s
choosing as long as there is internet access. Instructors are available on each campus
on a set schedule, with lab and classroom also available at each site. It is the responsibility
of the student to make sure he or she allows adequate time to complete assigned work
for any course they are enrolled in.
Titles include: drafting technician, design technician, mechanical drafter, mechanical
designer, engineering technician, detailer, etc. All consist of design and development
work by preparing detailed drawings showing exact dimensions and specifications –
most prepared on CAD systems.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects that the employment of
mechanical drafters will keep pace with the average rate of growth experienced by
all occupations from 2010 to 2020, increasing by about 11% over the decade. The BLS
published the median annual salary earned by mechanical drafters at $50,360 in May
2012. For details, please visit http://www.bls.gov/oco/
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