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  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Mechanical Design, A.A.A.S.


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Academic Programs Code: 904

Students in the Mechanical Design Program are prepared to enter employment as an engineering technician or to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in a related field. This program includes instruction in the topics of CAD, parametric design, engineering graphics and geometric dimensioning and tolerances. Additional topics include manufacturing materials and processes, mechanical components, blueprint reading and technical communication. Several of the most popular CAD engineering graphics software products are incorporated in this program including SolidWorks, Pro-E, Inventor, Catia and AutoCAD. Students are offered the opportunity to pass the Certified SolidWorks Associate level exam. 

Mechanical Designers prepare detailed drawings based on rough sketches and specifications. They also calculate the strength, quantity and cost of materials. Engineering Technicians control engineering changes and design modifications to existing components and assemblies. The College has incorporated into the Mechanical Design program the latest information and techniques in computer aided design (CAD) and parametric modeling. A 3-D printing machine is used to give students the most up-to-date training available and to maximize their employment opportunities.

Graduates of GRCC’s Mechanical Design program have opportunities in such careers as mechanical design; tool, die, mold, machine and product design; and engineering technician.

Courses may be taken in any order as long as all requirements (including prerequisites) are met.

General Education Courses


Select a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work from the General Education Course list.  Course work must be selected as directed from the areas below.

English Composition and Communications


All students must take EN 101.

Humanities


Select one (1) Humanities General Education Elective.

Social Sciences


Select one (1) Social Sciences General Education Elective.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Select one (1) Natural Sciences Lab/Non Lab General Education Elective or one (1) Mathematics General Education Elective.

General Education Total Credit Hours


15 (minimum)

Program Elective Courses


Total Credit Hours


61

Transfer Notes


Students intending to transfer to a four year institution should take MA 107 and MA 108 or higher instead of TE 103 and TE 104.  PH 125 is also required for transfer.

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