Mechanical Design Technology


The Mechanical Design Technology AAS-T degree prepares students for careers as Technicians, Drafters, Designers, and Assistant Engineers with mechanical engineering firms (e.g.: aeronautics, aerospace, medical, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, etc.) in the Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, and other surrounding areas. Graduates of the program can also seek professional positions in other areas around Washington state and the United States. Mechanical Design Technology program is part of the School of Engineering, Science & Math.

Through hands-on individual and collaborative projects, students receive a solid foundation in designing for manufacturability, quality, and function by applying elements and principles of mechanical design. Students will learn how to apply geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) to ensure functional design and interchangeability of mating parts (ASME Y14.5-2018). Classes are small with significant individual attention.

Students will create complete, complex, and accurate fabrication drawings and digital models, per industry standards, using the latest in Computer Aided Design (CAD) software such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks and other design software.

Students will have the opportunity to get their AutoCAD certified user certificate by taking the AutoCAD certified user exam as part of the AutoCAD class's final requirement. Students can also have the opportunity to get their SolidWorks certificate by taking the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) exam as part of the SolidWorks class's final requirement.

In the maker space Innovation Lab and related classes, students will develop skills using rapid prototyping / digital fabrication software and tools (such as 3D printers) to fabricate their designs in a supported, collaborative, hands-on environment. A suite of technology tools will be taught in line with industry standards. Students will have the opportunity to not only create designs for classes but also for prototyping their own ideas.

Students interested in pursuing LWTechโ€™s Bachelor of Applied Science in Design program, and/or a career in industrial design or product design are encouraged to enroll in these courses.

Class Schedule

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student's responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor or counselor. Any developmental coursework a student might be required to complete may increase the program length.

2021 Fall classes have been posted!

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Admission Requirements

Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.

At LWTech, we welcome all students as an open enrollment college and we are committed to your inclusion at the college. The Mechanical Design Technology program of study leads to an industry or specific employers that may not hire individuals with certain types of convictions, immigration status or involvement in suspicious activity. Examples of common background checks required in this industry are criminal, immigration, and character witnesses.