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.