Jan 23, 2021  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog

Mechanical Design, A.A.A.S.

Academic Programs Code: 904

The Mechanical Design Program prepares students to enter employment as an engineering technician.  This program includes instruction in the topics of CAD, parametric design, engineering graphics, 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, NX, and AutoCAD. Students are offered the opportunity to take 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 Maker Lab that has lasers, scanners, 3D printers, and CNC equipment is available 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


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


Program Notes

Students interested in transferring to a 4-year institution should consult the 4-year institution to identify specific courses that will transfer.  It is also strongly suggested that students work with a faculty advisor in the Mechanical and Architectural Design department for course selection. All students intending to transfer should take MA 107  and MA 108  or Higher instead of TE 103  and TE 104 PH 125  is also required for transfer.

Other courses that can be used to meet the MA 107 requirement include:  MA 110 , MA 131 , MA 133 .

Other courses that can be used to meet the MA 108 requirement include:  MA 131 , MA 133 .