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Computer-Aided Drafting / Design Engineering Technology

Program Description

Computer-aided design (CAD) is an advanced, rapidly evolving technology used by designers and engineers 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. Examples include automobiles, aircraft, marine vessels, machinery, electronics, plastic parts, medical devices, bridges, buildings, and roads, to name a few. Because of its broad application, computer-aided design offers many employment opportunities for people who maintain up-to-date skills.

Computers have made conventional manual drawing and design methods obsolete, thereby fundamentally changing the process of technical documentation. CAD enables a designer to make rapid revisions in a drawing and to evaluate many potential solutions to a design problem, thereby allowing the best one to be selected. In contrast to traditional methods, the designer works with computer models of the complete three-dimensional geometry of an object, rather than the two-dimensional views required when drawing on a sheet of paper. These models allow viewing of the object from any direction and enable a designer to visualize the assembly and fit of complex parts. Although the departmental program emphasizes this new technology, intelligent use of the computer relies upon a thorough knowledge of the principles of engineering graphics and conventional drafting practices. Therefore, topics such as orthographic and isometric projection, section and auxiliary views, descriptive geometry and dimensioning continue to be the starting point for the curriculum. The departmental program combines comprehensive instruction in the use of several current CAD software systems with industrial practice. Employment opportunities include: CAD Draftsperson/Operator, Mechanical Draftsperson, Designer, Engineering Technician, and Technical Illustrator.

General Education Core course listings and definitions appear on pages 54-57. Placement testing will determine the sequencing of courses. Additional courses may be required.

Program Requirements

Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics TCN*H101 Introduction to Engineering Technology 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Program Requirement CAD*H150 CAD 2D 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H172 College Algebra 3
Scientific Reasoning PHY*H121 General Physics I 4
Scientific Knowledge CHE*H111 Concepts of Chemistry OR CHE*H121 General Chemistry I1 4
Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature and Composition OR ENG*H200 Advanced Composition OR ENG*H202 Technical Writing2 3
Program Requirement MAT*H185 Trigonometric Functions 3
Program Requirement MFG*H104 Manufacturing Processes 4
Program Requirement CAD*H200 3D CAD Modeling 4
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communications listed2 3
Program Requirement MEC*H114 Statics (fall only) 3
Program Requirement MFG*H106 Computer-Aided Manufacturing I (fall only) 3
Program Requirement CAD*H220 Parametric Design 3
Program Requirement Directed Elective3 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Program Requirement MEC*H251 Materials Strength (spring only) OR MFG*H275 Mechanics of Materials 3-4
Program Requirement CAD*H294 Senior Project 4
Program Requirement Directed Elective3 3
Program Requirement Directed Elective3 3

Total Credits: 65-66

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

1Choose if planning to transfer to a Bachelor's degree program.

2ENG*H202 Technical Writing and COM*H173 Public Speaking recommended for transfer to CCSU.

3Directed Electives: (9 credits total)

Choose from any 200-level CAD*; EET 102 or any 200-level EET*; any 200-level MAT*; any 200-level MEC*; MFG* 171 or above.

Also see:
Electronic Engineering Technologyy

Engineering Technology

Manufacturing (Automated) Engineering Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology


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.

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