Be an expert in the latest techniques of machine design and enjoy job security today and tomorrow.

Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Mechanical Design Technician Certificate program prepares you for a high-skilled position in today’s cutting-edge design and manufacturing industries.

The S.C. annual mean wage for Mechanical Engineer Technicians and Drafters is around  $58,000 according to 2017 reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Program

This 33-credit-hour program helps you develop basic and advanced engineering graphic skills to produce accurate technical drawings. In addition, 3-Dimensional object based and state-of-the-art parametric design concepts are introduced for designing machineries and their components.

Additive and subtractive 3-D modeling concepts using solid modeling software will be applied for product development and students will learn rapid prototyping techniques. Students will demonstrate their machine design skills by producing models of working prototypes and develop a portfolio to share with prospective employers.

Courses include intro to engineering/design graphics, geometric dimensioning, CAD, rapid prototyping and more.

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  • Accreditation & Accolades

    Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

    Quick Facts


    Learn by actually practicing the skills you’ll need on the job.


    Learn to use the latest solid modeling software including SolidWorks, CATIA, and Inventor solid modeling.


    Learn to create shop drawings for production.


    Tuition: 33 credits x $190 per credit = $6,270.

    Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free.

    *Based on Fall 2019 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.


    “Many students take this certificate and transfer to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.”


    Is this program for you?

    The program is a great fit for those who:

    • Enjoy building things.
    • Want to learn more about correct design techniques.
    • Want to advance their education to move up the career ladder.

    Program Dean

    Shunda Ware

    Dean, Business and Industrial Technologies


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 14, Rm. 118