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Mechanical Design - CAD Technology Track, AAS Degree

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Offered at MCC (Code: MVDFT)

The two-year Mechanical Design/CAD Technology program is designed to train students to translate the ideas and calculations of engineers into complete and accurate working plans to be used by skilled craft persons. The program offers a background in engineering and science so that a design can be accurately represented in drawings. Graduates of this program are prepared to make calculations concerning the strength, reliability, and cost of materials as well as other design considerations.

The curriculum includes a strong emphasis on Computer-Aided Design (CAD). This program is certified by the American Design Drafting Association. Upon satisfactory completion of coursework and a minimum GPA of 2.0, graduates can transfer up to 64 credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Also 16 hours of vocational credit already transfers to the Iowa Regent schools.

Plan of Study

Humanities - Credit Hours: 6

Social/Behavioral Science - Credit Hours: 3

(PSY or SOC courses)

Total Credit Hours: 27

Total Credit Hours: 45

Total Required Hours: 72

Courses Approved for AA



No more than 6 credits from one prefix. LIT courses not on this list will satisfy this requirement and transfer to all three Iowa Regent Universities as Humanities electives.

Math and Science

Must include at least one math and one lab science course.

Computer Education

Physical Education

Student Development


All transfer courses may be used here including courses listed above (if additional are taken beyond requirements). Students should plan their elective courses according to their college major if they are planning to transfer on for a four year degree.

A maximum of 16 hours of vocational-technical credits may apply toward elective credit with a maximum of 9 of the 16 being independent projects or experimental courses. No more than 6 activity credits (those having prefixes of PEA, MUA, and some MUS courses) may be applied to elective credits. Developmental courses do not apply towards degree requirements.

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