Technical Design – Mechanical

Practical education in technical design where you learn to draw, model, and visualizse mechanical assemblies and constructions in CAD, product design, and digital prototyping.

Computer-Aided Design

The transition from traditional 2D drawings to 3D models and increased focus on visualiszation has led to an increase in demand for skilled professionals with solid digital expertise that can be applied to larger projects.

CAD, or computer-aided design, is a dynamic field that requires mastery of software and technology. In the program, we work with custom software to maximize your learning experience.

Signe Berger Godtfredsen, Cameron
Proficiency in technical drawing is essential. Individuals with this knowledge are of interest to our product department.Signe Berger Godtfredsen, Cameron

Product Design and Prototyping 

The program provides competence in both constructing mechanical drawings complete with detail and assembly drawings and designing products for either prototyping or optimization towards additive production. The program also places emphasis on producing presentation material that can later be used as a portfolio in a job application process, for example.

Many of our students take this program as advanced training and move on to employment after completion, while others use it as preparation for engineering studies.

3D modelling

The program covers subjects in 2D drawing, 3D modelling, and visualisation. You will receive a thorough introduction to all three and learn to use modern and professionally updated tools and techniques.

Technical Design Mechanical

Program Structure

You will learn how to plan drawings and models, anticipate challenges, and solve problems in a constructive manner. By the end of the program, you will be able to create and deliver comprehensive product designs, drawings and models of constructions in close collaboration with architects, engineers, and drafting technicians.

You will have competence in basic design principles, universal design, holistic user experience, and technical solutions that meet current requirements.

  • Technical Drawing
  • 3D Mechanical
  • 3D Architectural
  • Semester Project
  • Product Design
  • Visualisation
  • Prototyping
  • CAD Project
  • Exam Project

The Candidate..

  • has knowledge of concepts, theories and terminology that are used in CAD industries
  • has knowledge of relevant processes and tools that are used to plan and document 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional CAD projects
  • has knowledge of concepts, processes and tools that are used for technical drawings and documentation in a CAD project
  • has knowledge of concepts, processes and tools that are used in professional visualisations
  • has insight into relevant regulations, standards and quality requirements for technical content creation
  • has a knowledge of the CAD industry and is familiar with professional workflows for developing and presenting CAD projects
  • can update his/her knowledge of CAD workflows, tools and techniques
  • understands the importance of timely and complete deliveries and the required level of professionalism during a collaborative project
  • can apply knowledge of 3D models and technical drawings to perform modifications based on design intent and new information
  • can apply knowledge of 3D models and technical drawings to plan a multidisciplinary project
  • master’s relevant tools and techniques to create CAD models and technical drawings
  • master's relevant tools and techniques for visualising CAD models
  • master’s relevant tools and techniques for Additive Manufacturing and prototyping
  • can find information and material that is relevant to the production of CAD models and technical drawings
  • can find information and material that is relevant to professional visualisations
  • can study elements in a CAD project and identify issues and what measures need to be implemented
  • can study a mechanical 3D model and identify issues, and what measures need to be implemented for an optimised and functional design
  • understands the principles and requirements in standards, regulations and requirements that apply in the architectural and mechanical industry
  • has developed a professional attitude in relation to quality requirements and his/her own productions and project documentation
  • can carry out professional 2D and 3D work based on specifications
  • can build relations with his/her peers, also across disciplinary boundaries, and with professionals about best practices and CAD workflows
  • can develop 3D models and technical drawings of relevance to CAD projects

We recommend:

Desktop PC rather than a laptop (this is due to price).
Intel i7 processor.
Microsoft® Windows® 10.
Graphics card 2060 RTX or better.
Minimum 16 GB of RAM.
Storage: SSD of at least 256GB, or a smaller SSD in conjunction with a larger spinning hard drive.
2 external monitors. The combination of screens should include one high resolution screen.
3Dconnexion Space Navigator.
PC not MAC - programs are not compatible with MAC or work less optimally.
3D Printer

Equipment recommendations are based on suppliers' system requirements for the programs used.

Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, 3D-printing software (Simplify3D, Cura or similar), Visualisation software (Enscape/3dsMAX/Blender/Unreal or similar). (Program overview not final, final version issued before startup)

Cost of software:
Approximately NOK 1,000 per year must be expected. Free alternatives can be used but are not recommended.

Job opportunities as a CAD operator

As a skilled and proactive CAD operator, there are generally good job opportunities in the construction or oil industry. You have the advantage of being able to produce visualisation material for both presentations and sales, as well as bring the products to life with prototyping and 3D modelling. 


Programme information

Startups: October 17, 2023
January 9, 2024
March 12, 2024
Read more about semester start.
Application deadline: Ongoing admissions
Duration: 1 year full time
2 years part time
Programme language: English
Tuition online:

EUR 4.200,- per semester full time
EUR 2.100,- per semester part time

Accreditations: Approved for loans and grants from the State Educational Loan Fund. NOKUT accredited.
Admission requirements: Admission by formal competence or admission by prior learning. Read more.
Degree: Professional Degree
Credits: 60 ECVET

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