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Mechanical and Computer Drafting (2019-2020)

Technical Diploma
School of Technology and Applied Sciences / Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 31-421-2

For Information: 414-297-6315
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview — Prepare to be a detail drafter in the mechanical drafting field through this program. Detail drafters play an important role in manufacturing.

Before a new product can become a reality, it must exist in the mind of the engineer, designer or drafter; then it is the detail drafter, working from design layouts, sketches, handbooks and catalogs, who creates working drawings that are used in the manufacturing of the product.

Skills necessary for success in this program include the ability to read technical data and solve math problems. Average or better mechanical aptitude and a grasp of spatial relationships are important. 

Career Pathway — After earning this technical diploma, your credits can be applied toward completing the Mechanical Design Technology associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — The employment outlook is favorable for mechanical drafters having current training involving computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) systems. Manufacturing environments, contract engineers and engineering consulting firms employ mechanical drafters. Firms use CADD systems to create two- and three-dimensional orthographic and pictorial multiview drawings of mechanical engineering detail, assembly and tooling.


Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Prepare detail and assembly drawings for documentation of mechanical components and products
  • Create CAD Geometry, parts, and assemblies
  • Design mechanical components and products
  • Select purchased parts


Admission Requirements 

  • High school diploma or GED
  • One year of high school-level algebra or equivalent


Possible Careers
CADD Operator
Detail Drafter


Related Programs
Mechanical Design Technology
Architectural Technology
Civil Engineering Technology


Start Date: August

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Sixteen-Week Terms
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students








Introduction to AutoCAD




Computer Applications




Engineering Materials


MCDESG-102 Technical Drafting 1 ‡ 3        
(2) MATH-115

College Technical Mathematics 1 ‡

(or) MATH-201 College Algebra ‡






Technical Drafting 2 with CAD ‡


MCDESG-114  SolidWorks 1‡ 2        
(3) MCDESG-106 Advanced Engineering Graphics ‡ 3
(3) MCDESG-124 SolidWorks 2 ‡ 2
MCDESG-163 Machining Processes ‡ 2        




‡ Prerequisite required.
Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Page updated April 2019.