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Mechanical Design Technology AAS Degree

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The mechanical design technology associate of applied science degree program prepares graduates for entry-level careers as engineering design technologist. Courses within the program include technical design applications, computer-aided design software and customization, solid modeling design, applied strength of materials, statics, technical specialty courses, and general academic courses.

The mechanical design technology associate of applied science degree is awarded for successful completion of the 60 semester credit hours required in degree plans. Students desiring a less comprehensive program may consider the computer-aided design operator/drafting certificate. This certificate program includes 30 semester credit hours of required technical courses.

Graduates of the mechanical design technology associate of applied science degree possess the technical skills and knowledge to perform essential design layout, prepare supporting documentation, and create finished engineering documentation for production in the engineering or manufacturing industries. A wide variety of employment opportunities are available to graduates.

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Please e-mail Michael.L.Young@LoneStar.edu, call 832.920.5062 for more information.

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Please e-mail Hamid.A.Amnieh@LoneStar.edu, call 281.618.5732 for more information.

Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the Computer-Aided Design Operator/Drafting Certificate Level I: Mechanical, Manufacturing, Product Design program may be applied to this degree.

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
DFTG 1305 Technical Drafting 3
DFTG 1309 Basic Computer-Aided Drafting 3
MCHN 1319 Manufacturing Materials & Processes 3
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework: 1st Year Experience 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
DFTG 2302 Machine Drafting 3
DFTG 2319 Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting 3
DFTG 2340 Solid Modeling/Design 3
Elective Technical Elective1 3
Third Semester Courses 6 Credits
DFTG 2335 Advanced Technologies in Mechanical Design 3
Elective Technical Elective1 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
Fourth Semester Courses 12 Credits
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Elective Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
MATH 1316 Trigonometry 3
Elective AAS Technical Elective1 3
Fifth Semester Courses 9 Credits
ENTC 1343 Statics 3
Elective Creative Arts or Language, Philosophy, & Culture 3
Elective AAS Technical Elective1 3


Sixth Semester Courses 6 Credits
ENTC 1323 Strenght of Materials 3
ENTC 2380-or-DFTG 2338 Co-op Engineering Tech Technician4-or-Final Project - Advanced Drafting4 3


Mechanical Design Technology AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits


  1. ELPT 1311,ELPT 1341 or 1351, METL 1301, DFTG 1391, DFTG 2323, QCTC 1303 and INMT 1311
  2. Choose from the AAS core
  3. SPCH 1311, SPCH 1315 or SPCH 1321
  4. Capstone course
    ENTC 2380 - Cooperative Education - Engineering Technology/Technician, Gen. 
    DFTG 2338 - Final Project: Advanced Drafting


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Career Options

Median wage: $60,5131

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • CAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer)2
  • Mechanical Designer2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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