Engineering CAD Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
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About this program

When you have a degree in Engineering CAD Technology, there are lots of ways to put your diverse skillset to use. Get hands-on experience with the industry’s most advanced 2D and 3D CAD applications. Explore product design in a collaborative setting. Flex your problem-solving skills. And broaden your drafting skills with coursework in civil, structural, electrical, electronic, piping, architectural, and tool and die drafting.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

Extensive Hands-on Experience

Seamless Associate-to-Bachelor Degree Pathway

Earn Industry-Recognized Credentials

Careers

  • Engineering drafter/detailer
  • Mechanical design technician 
  • CAD manager 
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Technical Drawing I (CCD103)
  • Detailing I (CCD104)
  • Technical Drawing II (CCD123)
  • Detailing II (CCD124)
  • AutoCAD - Comprehensive (CAD120)
  • 3D Parametric Modeling Using Autodesk Inventor® (CAD122)
  • Technical Drawing - Related Disciplines (CCD237)
  • Engineering Drawing Dimension and Tolerance Specifications (CCD238)
  • CAD Management and Customization (CAD247)
  • 3D Parametric Modeling Using Creo Parametric® (CAD123)
  • Engineering Production Drawings and Tool Design (CCD245)
  • Introduction to Metallurgy (MSC106) or

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication and Repair (MTT223)
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114) or
  • College Physics I (PHS115)
  • College Physics II (PHS125)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
Engineering Design Lab
Facilities

Engineering Design Lab

Cutting-edge CAD instruction within specialized computer and 3D printing labs prepares graduates for the future 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. 

Rapid Prototyping Lab
Facilities

Rapid Prototyping Lab

Take ideas from the screen to real life in the rapid prototyping lab loaded host of additive manufacturing and reverse engineering equipment.  

Student Experience

"My favorite thing about Penn College is the opportunity you have to really dive into your major. The hands-on aspects are what really drove me towards Penn College."

Alissa Aldinger

Engineering CAD Technology

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

May 26

Engineering & Industrial Design Technology Visit Day

Wednesday, May 2610:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jun 12

Engineering & Industrial Design Technology Visit Day

Saturday, June 129:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jul 7

Engineering & Industrial Design Technology Visit Day

Wednesday, July 710:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jul 17

Engineering & Industrial Design Technology Visit Day

Saturday, July 1711:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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More Information

Endorsed by the American Design Drafting Association.

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College and explained on the Transferring Credits page of this Catalog. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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We offer our students the opportunity to acquire AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor Certification. Learn more about Autodesk Software Certification .

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

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:

  • AutoCAD®
  • Autodesk® Inventor®
  • SolidWorks®
  • 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 links for downloading the system requirements for all Autodesk® products (Inventor®, AutoCAD®, etc.). The Autodesk® Registration/Activation information is the same for all licenses, commercial and student.

Program supplies and books are available for purchase through The College Store .

  • Mr. Christopher Allebach, '11, '13, Design Engineer, Dorman Products
  • Mr. Charles K Bear, Jr. PE, Senior Program Manager, Lycoming Engines
  • Mr. Ryan Bingaman, '98, '00, Lead Systems Engineer, GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies
  • Mr. Clark Bixler, '00, '01, Technical Service Engineer, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • Mr. Keith Dando, '00, '01, Manager, Engineering Technology & Services, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration
  • Mr. Tim Day, Manager of Manufacturing, Lycoming Engines
  • Mr. William Henry, '90, Design Drafting Supervisor, First Quality Products
  • Mr. Robert Holmes, Plant Designer, Metso Minerals
  • Ms. Mary Robinson, '85, '08, Product Engineer, Young Industries
  • Mr. David Taylor, CAD System Analyst, Metso Minerals
  • Ms. Mary Jo Vanderpool, '99, Mechanical Designer/CAD Manager/IT Specialist, Stantec Consulting, Ltd.