Endorsed by the American Design Drafting Association

(Effective Fall 2013)

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.

Recommended High School Subjects

Algebra II, geometry, art and science (physics) courses are recommended. Drafting and CAD skills are helpful but not required. Computer experience is desirable. Following a Career and Technical program of study curriculum would be a distinct advantage.

Special Equipment Needs

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

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading proficiency. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the Placement Testing page of this Catalog. Students with single or double deficiencies are permitted to enroll in the major while remediating their deficiencies.

Transfer Procedures

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.

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.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
CCD103 Technical Drawing I 4  
CCD104 Detailing I 3  
MTT211 Manufacturing Materials and Processes 3  
or
MTT104 Manufacturing Processes and Toolmaking Survey 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits
CAD120 AutoCAD - Comprehensive 3  
CCD123 Technical Drawing II 3  
CCD124 Detailing II 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Semester Credits
CAD122 3D Parametric Modeling Using Autodesk Inventor® 3  
CCD237 Technical Drawing - Related Disciplines 4  
CCD238 Engineering Drawing Dimension and Tolerance Specifications 3  
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3  
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
or
PHS115 College Physics I 4  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth Semester Credits
CAD247 CAD Management and Customization 3  
CAD123 3D Parametric Modeling Using Creo Parametric® 3  
CCD245 Engineering Production Drawings and Tool Design 3  
MSC106 Introduction to Metallurgy 4  
or
PHS125 College Physics II 4  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Additional Information

Endorsed by the American Design Drafting Association.