Michael Zilinek
Department Head, Mechanical Design and Engineering Technology
(203) 783-5358

Connecticut Technical Education and Career System’s Mechanical Design and Engineering Technology course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Mechanical Design and Engineering Technology Intermediate Mechanical Design and Engineering Technology Advanced Mechanical Design and Engineering Technology Mechanical Design and Engineering Technology Applications

Students deciding to enter the field of MDET/CADD will be exposed quickly to the industry standard design software, Solidworks ©.  Utilizing written and video tutorials MDET students will learn the basic functions of Solidworks © through progressively more difficult designs. The MDET Student will also learn basic drawing techniques and industry standards in their freshmen year.  The freshmen end of year project will be a board game design that includes 3D printing, playing instructions along with a competition for how well many rubric aspects are met or exceeded.

Sophomores will now face the rigor and challenges of a fast paced and in depth learning experience.  Skills taught during this year will include: Orthographic Projection, Section Views, Auxiliary Views, Fastening Systems, and Sheet-metal design. During the year using Solidworks ©, students will use top down design methods to design 3D printable projects that will reinforce prior and continuing knowledge. Reverse Engineering is also taught during this year in a project/team based environment using Infento ©. Team project of the piñata using sheet metal design.

Juniors now have the tools to apply themselves to many project based learning designs. These projects include: how to design and build a garden shed. Using the electric version of Infento to design, build and drive team driven vehicles. Design and 3D print in TPU (Rubber) a cell phone case. Desk design and legacy design using prints from the 60s to create a pedal-powered based kids car. In May of each year the juniors will take the Solidworks Academic Exam for their first level of Certification.  Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL).

Senior Year, 180 days to graduation and life in the real world.  Will you be ready for it? Seniors will start off the year with an intensive Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing course that lasts 21 days. During this time frame they will also entertain ideas for senior projects.  In the past the students have made Foosball Tables, life size R2D2, motorized go karts and bikes.  Seniors will in April take the Solidworks Professional Exam which is the second level of Certification.  They will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application and interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. When available they will perform school drafting and design projects for customers. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL).

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two- or a four-year degree in the areas of manufacturing, mechanical engineering or other related field. Students can obtain immediate employment as a computer-aided drafter, illustrator or as an engineering technician in applicable industries.

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