Jul 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Computer Aided Design, Certificate

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A Computer Aided Design Certificate prepares the individual to create engineering drawings using CAD software. Typically these individuals will work closely with mechanical engineers, sometimes receiving objectives and technical advice from supervisors and/ or engineers (both Electrical and Mechanical), displaying both their knowledge of the software and current knowledge of drafting and design standards. It is expected by employers that individuals demonstrate excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Coursework (100 level or higher) completed in this certificate directly applies toward the associate degree in mechanical engineering technology with a CAD/CAM major.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program may find employment as an entrylevel CAD operator/technician or as a detailer working under the direction of a design engineer. Some of the typical duties of a CAD operator/technician will include: compiling and computing a variety of engineering data; developing and preparing schematics from designs made by you and/or others; making preliminary designs from rough specifications and/or verbal directions; generating and revising current engineering prints and three-dimensional patterns for parts and products; designing and modifying equipment used for manufacturing; building a bill of material for new or revised designs, revising drawings and checking prints for accuracy. 

Job opportunities for CAD technicians will remain stable through the next several years, with most of the positions occurring from replacing workers who leave the profession or retire.

Program Learning Outcomes

Learners will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate file handling and management
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with computer software, CAD, computer hardware, and component terminologies
  3. Interpret and apply the Cartesian coordinate system
  4. Demonstrate setup, display, drawing, inquiry, and modify commands
  5. Develop, modify, and manipulate symbols, crosshatching, and various types of dimensioning
  6. Demonstrate inquiry commands and develop industrial type detail and assembly drawings as well as produce finished projects

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 16

Total Program Hours 31

+ Students must attain a minimum grade of “C” in all courses with a ‘+’ to progress in the program and to graduate.

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