Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Engineering Technology

Associates of Science

Learn to use and master technology used by designers and engineers to create technical drawings and computer models.

What is CAD?

Computer-aided design (CAD) is an advanced, rapidly evolving technology used by designers, engineers and technical illustrators to create technical drawings and computer models. It is essential to many industries because drawings and computer models are required before any product can be manufactured.

CAD involves a specialization in one of the following:

  • technical illustration
  • general CAD/D
  • manufacturing
  • mechanical
  • engineering design

Because of its broad application, CAD will also lead to a variety of employment opportunities such as, CAD draftsperson/operator, mechanical draftsperson, designer, engineering technician, technical illustrator and digital prototyping technician.

The suggested sequence for full-time students is shown below.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Continuing Learning/Information Literacy and Ethics TCN*H101 Introduction to Engineering Technology 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H172 College Algebra 3
Program Requirement MFG*H104 Manufacturing Processes 4
Program Requirement CAD*H150 CAD 2D 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Scientific Knowledge CHE*H111 Concepts of Chemistry or CHE*H121 General Chemistry I 4
Scientific Reasoning PHY*H121 General Physics I 4
Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature and Composition or ENG*H200 Advanced Composition or ENG*H202 Technical Writing (suggested) 3
Program Requirement MAT*H185 Trigonometric Functions 3
Program Requirement CAD*H200 3D CAD Modeling 4
THIRD SEMESTER
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communications listed, COM*H173 suggested 3
Program Requirement MEC*H114 Statics 3
Program Requirement MFG*H106 Computer-Aided Manufacturing I 3
Program Requirement CAD*H220 Parametric Design 3
Program Requirement MFG*H210 Materials of Engineering 4
FOURTH SEMESTER
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Program Requirement MFG*H275 Mechanics of Materials or MEC*H251 Materials Strength 3-4
Program Requirement CAD*H275 CAD Animation Studio 3D Studio Max 4
Program Requirement CAD*H294 Senior Project 4
Program Requirement Choose One Directed Elective †† 3
Total Credits: 67-68

Notes:

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

Choose if planning to transfer to a Bachelor's degree program

††Directed Electives:
CAD*H285 Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) I, CAD*H286 Advanced Modeling Techniques
EET*H102 Electrical Applications, MAT*H232 Applied Calculus, MAT*H254 Calculus I, MFG*H201Computer Aided Manufacturing II

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of CAD tools and processes.
  2. Demonstrate team-oriented human skills that permit effective participation in multicultural work and social environments.
  3. Apply appropriate mathematical and scientific principles to CAD applications, particularly descriptive geometry.
  4. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of engineering graphics and conventional drafting practices such as orthographic and isometric projection, section, detail, auxiliary views, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to develop an engineering concept through the detail design process and produce professionally finished engineering drawings suitable for use in manufacturing.
  6. Be able to work with specialists to resolve technical problems in design, manufacturing engineering, quality assurance, and production.
  7. Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the use of state-of-the-art CAD software and be able to adapt to new CAD systems as they are developed.
  8. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of 3-dimensional solid modeling concepts, procedures, and applications.
  9. Be aware of new developments in CAD and related areas, and assimilate new technologies as they emerge.
  10. Be able to organize activities and perform work in an efficient, accurate manner.
  11. Apply knowledge of computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, and other software related to CAD processes.

2D Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) Certificate
Requirements and Outcomes

Course No. Title Credits
CAD*H150 2D CAD Drafting 3
MFG*H104 Manufacturing Processes 4
ENG*H101 Composition 3
MAT*H137 Intermediate Algebra 3
Elective Directed Elective† 3
Total Credit Hours 16

†Directed Electives:

CAD*H200 3D CAD Modeling
CAD*H220 Parametric Design
MAT*H172 College Algebra (or higher level Mathematics course)
MFG*H106 Computer-Aided Manufacturing I
TCN*H101 Introduction to Engineering Technology

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of engineering graphics and conventional 2-dimensional drafting practices such as geometric constructions, orthographic, projection, isometric, section, detail, and auxiliary views.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of CAD software for 2-dimensional applications.
  • Explain concepts and requirements for drawings used in the manufacturing process.
  • Create 2D professionally finished drawings from working drawings under the supervision of a senior draftsperson.
  • Demonstrate the proper setup and procedures for various manufacturing processes.
  • Apply language arts skills related to the occupation, including but not limited to: critical thinking, reading, and writing.
  • Apply mathamatics required for basic drafting and manufacturing applications.

3D CADD Modeling Certificate
Requirements and Outcomes

Course No. Title Credits
MFG*H106 Computer-Aided Mfg I 3
CAD*H200 3D CAD Modeling 4
CAD*H220 Parametric Design 3
Elective Directed Elective† 3
Total Credit Hours 13
†Directed Electives
CAD*H275 CAD Animation 3D Studio Max
CAD*H285 Computer Integrated Manufacturing I
CAD*H286 Advanced Modeling Techniques
CAD*H294 Senior Project
MAT*H185 Trigonometric Functions (or higher level Mathematics course)
MFG*H104 Manufacturing Processes
MFG*H201 Computer-Aided Manufacturing II

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of engineering graphics and conventional drafting practices such as geometric constructions, orthographic, projection, isometric, section, detail, auxiliary views, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.
  • Starting with an engineering design concept, create 3D geometric models, develop tolerance requirements, perform basic analysis functions under the supervision of a degreed engineer, and produce professionally finished engineering drawings, suitable for use in manufacturing.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of 3-dimentional wire frame, surface, and solid modeling concepts, procedures, and applications.
  • Perform basic CNC programming.

CADD Modeling (Advanced) Certificate
Requirements and Outcomes

Course No. Title Credits
MFG*H201 Computer-Aided Mfg II 3
CAD*H220 Parametric Design 3
CAD*H275 CAD Animation 3D Studio Max 4
CAD*H294 Senior Project 4
Elective Directed Elective† 3
  Total Credit Hours 17

†Directed Electives:

CAD*H285 Computer Integrated Manufacturing I  
CAD*H286 Advanced Modeling Techniques  
MAT*H232 Applied Calculus  
MAT*H254 Calculus I  
MEC*H251 Materials Strength  
MFG*H210 Materials of Engineering  
MFG*H275 Mechanics of Materials  

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of engineering graphics and conventional drafting practices such as geometric constructions, orthographic, projection, isometric, section, detail, auxiliary views, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.
  • Develop an engineering concept through the detail design process and produce professionally finished engineering drawings.
  • Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the use of state-of-the-art CAD software and be able to adapt to new CAD systems as they are developed.
  • Do basic and advanced manual CNC programming.
  • Write computer generated CNC programming.
  • Be aware of new developments in CAD and related areas.
  • Organize activities and perform work in an efficient, accurate manner.
  • Utilize advanced design methods, such as parametric feature based modeling, animation, simulation, and web-based design.

Program Coordinator
Peter S Angelastro
203-596-8690 (p)
Room: T618