Mechanical Drafting and Design Diploma
Drafting and 3D Technologies Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Mechanical drafting and design technicians use software to generate parts and assemblies of parts and machines to the specifications necessary for manufacturing. They create designs and translate the ideas into the two-dimensional working plans and three-dimensional geometry used in manufacturing those products.
The Drafting and 3D Technologies program prepares students for employment in a wide variety of engineering-related disciplines. Students are trained across multiple two-dimensional and three-dimensional software platforms to generate drawings of parts, assemblies and layouts, as well as other manufacturing and construction-related documentation specifically required by employers. The curriculum incorporates 3D printing, 3D scanning and rapid prototyping as tools for taking student designs from computer models to three-dimensional solids. Graduates of the program enter the workforce as mechanical drafters, designers and engineering technicians. The degree is fully transferable to the Operations Management program at Minnesota State University Moorhead.