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, specifications and calculations. They also calculate the strength, quality, 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.
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.