Effective Fall 2022

The Engineering CAD Technology (EN) 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.

Career Opportunities

Engineering drafter or detailer, mechanical drafter or detailer, drafter, detailer, CAD technician, mechanical design technician, CAD operator, CAD operator in gas/petroleum industry, CAD manager, estimator, drafting manager, drafting supervisor; employment opportunities are also available in related industries such as civil, structural, electrical, electronic, piping, architectural, and tool and die drafting.

Special Equipment Needs

See the tools section of the program website for information about downloading CAD Software and necessary computer specifications.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • produce working drawings such as details, subassemblies, and assemblies in compliance with industrial standards utilizing 2D and 3D computer-aided drafting techniques.
  • design and calculate data for gears, cams, and mechanisms and analyze them using 2D and 3D CAD simulation techniques.
  • calculate dimensioning and tolerancing, and apply these calculations to working drawings.
  • produce technical drawings with a focus on the following categories: civil, structural, architectural, electrical, electronic, piping, welding, sheet metal, and jig/fixture applications in compliance with industrial standards utilizing 2D and 3D computer-aided drafting techniques.
  • demonstrate techniques and practices associated with advanced 2D and 3D CAD, including customization and CAD management.
  • demonstrate research and data-collection skills necessary to obtain and apply technical information, such as the use of manufacturers' catalogs to select standard parts.
  • apply math, English, science, and machine technology principles and practices to drafting and design industrial applications.
  • demonstrate an understanding of professional behaviors associated with the drafting and design occupation.


First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
CCD103Technical Drawing I 43 3 MREQ
CCD104Detailing I 3 9 MREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
MTH181College Algebra & Trigonometry I 32.50 1.50 SREQ
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
CCD123Technical Drawing II 32 3 MREQ
CCD124Detailing II 3 9 MREQ
CAD120AutoCAD - Comprehensive 32 3 MREQ
MTT223Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication & Repair 31 6 SREQ
MTH183College Algebra & Trigonometry II 32.50 1.50 SREQ
FITFitness & Wellness Elective 1 SFIT
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
CAD1223D Parametric Modeling Using Autodesk Inventor® 32 3 MREQ
CCD237Technical Drawing - Related Disciplines 42 6 MREQ
CCD238Engineering Drawing Dimension & Tolerance Specifications 32 3 MREQ
ENL121English Composition II 33 SREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 43 3 SREQ
PHS115College Physics I 43 3 SREQ
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
CAD247CAD Management & Customization 32 3 MREQ
CAD1233D Parametric Modeling Using Creo Parametric® 32 3 MREQ
CCD245Engineering Production Drawings & Tool Design 31 6 MREQ
MSC106Introduction to Metallurgy 43 3 SREQ
PHS125College Physics II 43 3 SREQ
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3 SARP
AAPCore Applied Arts Perspective 3 SAAP
CDPCore Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective 3 SCDP
HIPCore Historical Perspective 3 SHIP
SSPCore Social Science Perspective 3 SSSP

Additional Information

Endorsed by the American Design Drafting Association.