Feb 29, 2024  
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Mechanical Design, A.A.A.S.

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(Code 904)

Suggested GRCC Program:

Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences

Note: This program is articulated with the bachelor’s degree program in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology and Management, Product Design Engineering Technology, and Quality Engineering Technology at Ferris State University.

This program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to develop working drawings and electronic simulations in support of mechanical and industrial engineers, and related professionals. Includes instruction in manufacturing materials and processes, mechanical design, mechanical components, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, blueprint reading and technical communication.

Designers prepare detailed drawings based on rough sketches, specifications and calculations. Designers also calculate the strength, quality, quantity and cost of materials. Final drawings contain detailed views of the object as well as specifications for materials to be used, procedures followed and other information needed to make the part or assembly. Those seeking careers in this area should consider GRCC’s Mechanical Design program.

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.

Some advanced-standing credit may be granted to entering graduates of high school programs that are members of the Kent Metropolitan Articulation Project.

The following scheme is presented as a guide only. Courses may be taken in any order as long as all requirements (including prerequisites) are met.

First Year

Second Year

Total Credits: 62/64

* Students intending to transfer to four-year colleges with an Associate in Arts degree:

  • Must take EN instead of BA courses
  • Are advised to take MA instead of TE courses
  • Need 5 more credits in Humanities
  • Need 5 more credits in Social Sciences
  • Need PH 125  instead of TE 114  or MN 217 

** If taking MA 110 , only one math course is required.

Mechanical Design Electives

Please note: If the student has insufficient credits to graduate after completing the required courses, additional Drafting/CAD Specialization electives should be taken.

Transfer Opportunities:

The Transfer Guide for many bachelor’s degree majors offered at Michigan colleges and universities is available at the Counseling and Career Center and online at www.grcc.edu.

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