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Career Area: Architecture and Construction
Associate Degree
Program Number: 10-614-2
Approximately 2 Years to Complete
This is based on full-time enrollment. Actual time to completion may vary based on the availability of courses a college offers and the number of credits the student takes in any given time period.
Credit Program
Most credit programs are eligible for financial aid, while most non-credit certificates provide valuable work-related skills on a short timeline. Check with the college offering the program to determine if it is eligible for financial aid.
Average Annual Tuition: $4386
This is based on one year of full-time enrollment for in-state students. WTCS tuition is set by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board in March for the following year. It does not include books, materials or program/college-related fees.
Students painting 3D model while wearing proper PPE

Prototype and Design Technician Careers

Recent Wisconsin job postings for this degree:

CAD System Operator
Model Technician
Prototype Model Builder

Average Median Wage


Prototype and Design Technician Programs

The Prototype and Design Technician prepares students to be model builders in a variety of industries, such as architectural, mechanical, product development, prototype, legal, props, and special effects. Graduates of the program will be able to safely operate all hand and stationary tools typically used in a professional model shop, create jigs and fixtures necessary for special machining operations, effectively estimate the time and cost of a model, use critical thinking and problem solving techniques in the construction of a model, create programs to be used on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling machines using Surf CAM software, create a variety of computer aided drawings using AutoCAD, SolidWorks & Mechanical Desktop, produce highly detailed and accurate parts using the laser machining center, construct 3D models using a variety of rapid prototyping processes, fabricate silicone rubber molds and rigid molds suitable for casting and apply a variety of industrial finishes on various materials.
Prototype and Design Technician Part of a Career Pathway Program Transfers Offered completely online Shared Program
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