Engineering CAD Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
This curriculum prepares graduates for mechanical and engineering drafting positions in manufacturing- and engineering-based industries using advanced 2D and 3D CAD applications. Additionally, students broaden their drafting skills with course work in civil, structural, electrical, electronic, piping, architectural, and tool and die drafting, providing employment opportunity in related work areas. Specialized topics in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing and CAD customization and management provide further opportunity for the graduate. Students are introduced to product design and manufacturing processes where problem solving and analytical skills are enhanced through projects often involving team collaboration. Cutting-edge CAD instruction within state-of-the-art computer and 3D printing labs prepares the graduate for today's work environment with a focus on parametric CAD and digital prototyping applications. AutoCAD®, Autodesk Inventor®, SolidWorks®, and Creo Parametric (formerly Pro/E) ® are used extensively in the program. In addition to course work specific to the major, mathematics, science, metallurgy, manufacturing materials, communications, and computer applications prepare the graduate for the drafting and design field. The Engineering CAD Technology (EN) program serves as the foundation for the Engineering Design Technology (BEN) baccalaureate degree, in which advanced topics in product design and manufacturing process are emphasized.
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About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Endorsed by the American Design Drafting Association.
We offer our students the opportunity to acquire AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor Certification. Learn more about Autodesk Software Certification.
Graduates of the EN major can elect to continue their education in the four-year BEN major without loss of credits. EN grads can also elect to begin employment while working on course requirements for the four-year degree.
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for mechanical drafters was $51,520 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $33,170.The top 10 percent earned more than $82,160.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||14,580||$27.21||$56,600|
|Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing||4,440||$23.04||$47,920|
|Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing||3,960||$34.36||$71,480|
|Ship and Boat Building||3,190||$26.98||$56,110|
|Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing||3,040||$24.02||$49,950|
Statistics reported in May 2013
View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
CAD Software Links and Computer Specifications
The following is a list of information that will be helpful for Engineering Design Technology students interested in purchasing their own computers. Please note that purchasing a computer and the software is not a requirement.
Students in Engineering Design Technology majors will be using the following CAD programs:
- Autodesk® Inventor®
- Creo® (formerly Pro-Engineer®)
Engineering Design Technology students will also be using Autodesk® Analysis software. This software is free to students from the Autodesk® student community.
Students can use the following link for downloading and systems requirements for all Autodesk® products (Inventor®, AutoCAD®, etc.). The Autodesk® Registration/Activation information is the same for all licenses, commercial and student.
Registering and downloading Autodesk
Program supplies and books are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
SkillsUSA Champions at Work
The purpose of SkillsUSA, a National vocational student organization, is to compete in more than 80 competitions in a variety of fields. Students can compete in the Technical Drafting competition. Regular SkillsUSA activities include chapter meetings, state and national conferences, fund raising, and community and college service.
Engineering Design Technology Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.