Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Bicycle Design and Fabrication

Turn your passion for cycling into a professional career


If you love cycling, technology, and the prospects for a great career, then the nation's first 2-year college degree in Bicycle Design & Fabrication is for you!

The design and fabrication of bicycles and their components is both engineering and art. The Bicycle Design & Fabrication program in Red Wing, Minnesota, is an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree option at Minnesota State College Southeast.

In this program, students explore a hands-on mechanical engineering technology and design curriculum, revolving around the fabrication of bicycles and associated components.

Build your own bike. As a student in Bicycle Design & Fabrication, you will gain the skills required to conceive and build a cycle creation of your own design. Along the way you will study metal fabrication, 3D printing, mechanical design, and composites.

Lab courses have been developed in welding, machining, and CNC as applied specifically for bike fabrication. The lecture components provide breadth and rigor to topics critical to understanding the physics and characteristics of bicycles. This includes algebra, statistics, and thermodynamics.

In addition to preparing students for careers in the bicycle industry, the skills mastered in this degree can be applied to any industry involving fabrication, manufacturing, and engineering technology.

Red Wing is a cycling lovers' paradise. In your free time, ride the scenic bluff roads throughout Southeast Minnesota, the Cannon Valley Trail, or a challenging mountain bike loop in Red Wing’s Memorial Park.

Major Offerings

  • Bicycle Design and Fabrication (AAS) View Classes
    Red Wing - 60 cr

Download the Program Plan

On Your Left!

Coursework starts Spring 2019
Laboratories start Fall 2019

Advisory Committee Members Include

HED logo    QBP logo    Erik's Bike Board Ski logo    TREK logo    Hawk Racing    Kirk Pacenti    Wolf Tooth Components    Park Tool

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand the nuances of metal working as it pertains to bicycle design and light manufacturing
  • Gain mechanical design skills encompassing both structural integrity as well as aesthetic elements
  • Experience performing CAD modeling and 3D rapid prototyping
  • Understand physics-based concepts applicable to mechanical components, principles of statics, and thermodynamics

Bicycle Design and Fabrication Job Placement: TBD

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Career Opportunities

In this career field, you can work in the bicycling industry including:

  • Test Technician
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Mechanical Design
  • Composite Manufacturing Technician
  • Production Specialist
  • Engineering Technician
  • Other careers spanning light manufacturing, mechanical design, and engineering technology.

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Opportunity to design and build a custom bicycle or bicycle component
  • Understand the art, aesthetics, and history of bicycle design
  • Coursework is created specifically as it applies to bikes
  • Gain transferable skills that can lead to a career in a wide range of industries


  • Chase Spaulding has bachelor's and master's degrees from North Carolina State University in Industrial Design. His background ranges from fabricating architectural metalwork to building custom motorcycles, putting academic theory into practical experiences and real world creations. In Bicycle Design and Fabrication, Chase aims to enable passionate students to jump-start their career in the cycling industry or a myriad of similar modern manufacturing opportunities
  • A long-time Red Wing area resident, Mike Ford has been an instructor in welding at the college since 2016. He is a retired iron worker with experience in construction welding with organizations like the Army Corps of Engineers, Rosemount Pine Bend Refinery, and 3M. He has 44 years of metal fabrication/welding experience and is certified in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, in Steel, SS, and Aluminum.

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