(Also see Computer Integrated Manufacturing)
This Mechanical Design curriculum trains students in mechanical design based on computer-aided techniques. Oakton’s curriculum provides courses in basic principles as well as hands-on applications. Students, including those working in industrial settings, are prepared for employment as mechanical designers, mechanical engineering technicians and technical salespeople.
Mechanical Design Courses
Course covers properties of materials including plastics and decomposites, ceramics and metals. Processes discussed include molding, machining, forming and joining operations. Non-traditional methods such as EDM, stereolithography and abrasive cutting are presented. Course may include plant tours.
Course provides overview of hardware, software and procedures involved in computer design and manufacturing. Content includes hardware and fundamentals of CAD, programmable controllers, NC programming, robotics technology, inventory management and computer-integrated manufacturing.
Course examines design of machine elements as affected by material properties, loading conditions, stresses, deformation and costs. Content includes failure analysis, shafts and couplings, clutches and brakes, mechanical fasteners and springs.
Course covers concepts of statics and strength of materials. Content includes forces, force components, trusses, centroids, equilibrium, stress and strain, defection of beams, torsion, and various types of joints.