Mechanical Design

“I like knowing we’re making a product that can be used on a daily basis.” —Michelle Smith, Wilson Tool

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What do mechanical designers do?

Design or alter products, taking into account factors such as price, manufacturability and aesthetics. Create designs and drawings for products and machines using the latest computer hardware, 3D modeling and computer-aided design (CAD) manufacturing software.

Specify manufacturing instructions for the creation and assembly of parts. Get into rapid prototyping, 3D printing, reverse engineering and analysis of competitors’ products.

Upsides & Downsides: Facts you should know

People in Workforce

High demand

Companies are seeking trained mechanical designers.


A good living

Mechanical designers in Minnesota make a median wage of $56,638 a year.

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Strong placement

77% of mechanical design students are hired within 6 months of graduation.

Graduation Cap

A growing field

197 students graduate each year from mechanical design programs in Minnesota.

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Intense screen time

You’ll spend lots of time working on a computer.

  • CAD drafter
  • CAD designer
  • Engineering technician
  • Mechanical technician

Under 1 year, 1 year, 2 years post-high school

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Research and information taken from Career OneStop, Career Manufacturing, CAREERWise Education (formerly iSeek), Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic, Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Workforce Assessment Initiative, National Association of Manufacturers, O*NET, The Manufacturing Institute, U.S. Department of Labor and Wanted Analytics. Information is subject to change without notice.

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