Manufacturing & Engineering Technology

Manufacturing & Engineering Technology

 

ENGINEERING CAD TECHNOLOGY

DELIVERY

Day or Evening

START

Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester

CAMPUS

Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie

 

OVERVIEW
Are you looking for a career that blends creativity and technology? HTC’s Engineering CAD (Computer-Aided Design) Technology program will prepare you for a career in the design and development of manufactured products. You will gain the skills to translate rough sketches, layouts and written specifications into a drawing showing complete details. From light fixtures to motorcycles to computer monitors to bridges, nearly every type of fabricated product requires a design technician to detail the entire project and its component parts. With the skills you develop in the engineering technology program, you will be ready to build a career.


More Than a Classroom


LABS AND CLASSROOMS

The Engineering CAD Technology program has three labs: one at Brooklyn Park Campus and two at Eden Prairie Campus.
Lab Equipment
Brooklyn Park Lab D125
3D Printing Image
3D Printing Image
23 Student Computers
  Intel Quad Core Processors
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Quadro FX Graphics Card
Windows 7 Professional
2 Laser Printers
  HP LaserJet 5200n (up to 11" X 17" page size)
HP LaserJet 5550n (up to 11" X 17" page size in color)
Stratasys Dimension 3D Printer
  10" X 10" X 12" Build Capacity
Multiple colors available
Printrbot LC 3D Printer
  5" X 5" X 6" Build Capacity
Multiple colors available in ABS
RepRap 3D printer currently under construction
  9" X 9" X 4" Build Capacity
Multiple materials and colors available
Two NextEngine 3D scanners
  0.005" accuracy
Macro mode scanning size: 5.1" X 3.8"
Wide mode scanning size: 13.5" X 10.1"
Multiple scans can be merged to scan any size object.
Eden Prairie Lab C120
3D Scanning Image
21 Student Computers
  Intel Quad Core Processors
6 GB RAM
Nvidia Quadro FX Graphics Card
Windows 7 Professional
2 Laser Printers
  HP LaserJet 5000n (up to 11" X 17" page size)
HP LaserJet 5550n (up to 11" X 17" page size in color)
Stratasys Dimension 3D Printer
  10" X 10" X 12" Build Capacity
Multiple colors available
Printrbot LC 3D Printer
  5" X 5" X 6" Build Capacity
Multiple colors available in ABS
Two NextEngine 3D scanners
  0.005" accuracy
Macro mode scanning size: 5.1" X 3.8"
Wide mode scanning size: 13.5" X 10.1"
Multiple scans can be merged to scan any size object.
Eden Prairie Lab C122
 
21 Student Computers
  Intel Quad Core Processors
6 GB RAM
Nvidia Quadro FX Graphics Card
Windows 7 Professional
1 Laser Printer
  HP LaserJet 5000n (up to 11" X 17" page size)
SUPPLIES/TOOLS

Speak with an Engineering CAD Technology instructor prior to purchasing any of these tools. There may be free versions of this software available from the vendors.
Software Used in Courses:
  AutoCAD 2013
Inventor 2013 Professional
SolidWorks 2012
Creo Parametric 2.0 (formerly called Pro/ENGINEER)
Computer Purchasing Guidelines:
  Intel Core 2 Duo or greater processor
4 GB or more RAM
250 GB or greater hard disk drive
Nvidia Quadro FX series graphics card (Open/GL)
3 button mouse with scroll wheel
Windows operating system
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Since a mechanical designer is responsible for developing and maintaining product documentation with solid models, assemblies, assembly drawings, detail drawings, and prototype assemblies, mechanical aptitude and attention to detail are two of the best indicators for success in this industry. Blueprint reading should be taken early in your studies to determine your ability to understand two-dimensional representation of three-dimensional objects. Because this industry relies heavily on Computer-Aided Design software to develop products, familiarity with computers and computer software is helpful.
WORK ENVIRONMENT

Professionals in this occupation typically work closely with engineers and managers in an office environment. They use computers equiped with special components related to CAD software such as a large monitor, a special video card, and more RAM than a typical home computer. A mechanical drafter also spends time clarifying designs with mechanical engineers, manufacturing professionals, and inspectors.
JOB OUTLOOK

Most of our graduates start working as mechanical drafters. Drafting experience and product knowledge provide opportunties to move into other areas of manufacturing such as design, engineering, and management. Even during times of slow growth, there is sufficient turnover in these positions to provide job opportunities for our graduates. As long as a company is seeking to increase profits through new products or improving existing products, a mechanical drafter is neccessary to record the changes and new designs.

Mechanical Drafter Wages

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT:

AutoCAD Operator Certificate

Engineering CAD Technology Diploma

Pro ENGINEER Operator Certificate

SolidWorks Operator Certificate
POTENTIAL JOB TITLES
Mechanical Drafter
SALARY
Average hourly wage in the Twin Cities is $28.80 (Source: iseek.org.)
ADVISORY COMMITTEE/PARTNERSHIPS

We are currently seeking advisory board members. A member of the board would provide input into the direction of the program. If you are interested, please contact rick.montzka@hennepintech.edu.
ARTICULATIONS
An articulation agreement between Hennepin Technical College and Minnesota State University Moorhead will facilitate credit transfer of HTC 's Engineering CAD Technology A.A.S. or diploma toward a  Bachelor of Science in Operations Management at MSU-Moorhead.
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Full Time Instructors:
Name Courses Taught
Joe Allen AutoCAD
Inventor
SolidWorks 1
Blueprint Reading
Engineering Drawing 1
Engineering Drawing 2
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Computers in Manufacturing
Industrial Manufacturing Processes
Additive Manufacturing
Rick Montzka AutoCAD
SolidWorks 1
Pro/ENGINEER 1
Engineering Drawing 1
Engineering Drawing 2
Industrial CAD Project
Special Fields of Drafting
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Computers in Manufacturing
Statics and Strengths of Materials
Additive Manufacturing
Part Time Instructors:
Name Courses Taught
Seng Kou SolidWorks 1
SolidWorks 2
Lee Peterson AutoCAD
SolidWorks 1
Don Rutledge Pro/ENGINEER 1
Pro/ENGINEER 2
Emeritus Instructors:
Name Courses Taught
Paul Ellefson AutoCAD
Engineering Drawing 1
Engineering Drawing 2
Special Fields of Drafting
Industrial CAD Project
Industrial Manufacturing Processes
Computers in Manufacturing
Blueprint Reading