Engineering CAD Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Student working on computer with CAD software

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.

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Overall Placement

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)
  • AutoCAD - Comprehensive (CAD120)
  • Technical Drawing II (CCD123)
  • Detailing II (CCD124)
  • 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)

​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.

  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART) or
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)

​​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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Manufacturing Materials and Processes (MTT211) or
  • Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey (MTT104)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114) or
  • College Physics I (PHS115)
  • Introduction to Metallurgy (MSC106) or
  • College Physics II (PHS125)
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. 

Student Experience

"All the professors have field experience. You know they’re real and you know they can relate the subject matter to reality." 

Ben Schappell

Computer Aided Product Design

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Student Wildcats of Robotic Design (SWORD)

SWORD allows students to learn and enhance valuable skills in design and manufacturing situations, project management, business presentations, graphics and web design, and computer applications. As part of the club, students build a vehicle to compete in a Design Series competition.

SkillsUSA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

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Study Abroad

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.

View general transfer information

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 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.

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.
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lee Dawson

SASC, Rm. 1082
800.367.9222 ext. 7308
ldawson@pct.edu