Computer Aided Drafting Design Technology
Associate Degree Program
You will be able to use computers to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional drawings that transform an engineer’s ideas into reality! You will use a combination of Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software and hand drafting techniques to develop and present engineering and design construction documents.
This program is offered at the Stanton campus.
What You Can Do
In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for positions such as:
- CAD Technician
- Process Piping Drafter
- Mechanical Drafter
- Civil Drafter
- Electrical/Electronics Drafter
- Architectural and Structural Drafter
- Engineering Technician
- HVAC Drafter
- CAD Manager
- Project Manager
- CAD System Operator
- Technical Sales Representative
- Engineering Technician
What You Will Earn
Competitive starting salaries range from $30,000-$40,000.
What You Will Learn
Program Graduate Competencies
The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.
- Prepare detailed mechanical, machine, architectural, structural, HVAC, industrial piping electrical/electronics drawings for light commercial, manufacturing and industrial companies.
- Perform routine structural design calculations required to size steel beams, columns and decking materials in accordance with AISC standards, and reinforced concrete slabs, foundation footings in accordance ACI standards.
- Support manufacturing office administration activities with ability to read and interpret drawings and specifications, prepare technically accurate drawings using both manual and CAD techniques, perform quantity surveys and organize cost data for cost estimating functions, prepare or check shop drawings, assist in the planning or coordinating of manufacturing activities, assist designers and coordinate the preparation and review of bid packages.
- Communicate in a clear and concise manner with peers and management, verbally and in writing, through the preparation of technical reports, effective inner-office and business correspondence and contribute to the development of manufacturing specifications and other written contract documents.
- Provide meaningful and innovative assistance to supervising engineers or designers by developing layout design solutions to manufacturing problems, recommending alternate material substitutions or methods of production, and applying reference resources to collect, organize and analyze required research data.
- Collect, organize, and analyze data for manufacturing machine parts, prepare plans for department/client approval.
- Demonstrate a professional attitude by working efficiently in close cooperation with others, being adaptable to changes in plans and giving proper credit for assistance received through outside resources
Core Curriculum Competencies
The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.
- Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
- Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
- Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
- Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
- Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
- Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.