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The Engineering CAD Technology program prepares
graduates for positions as entry-level CAD operators in a
wide range of manufacturing and engineering industries.
Skills acquired from this program of study will allow
students to become an integral part of product design and
the manufacturing of those products. Graduates will apply
specialized knowledge and skills utilizing state-of-the-art
CAD software to think critically, to solve problems, and to
effectively communicate with colleagues and supervisors in
today's ever-changing work environment.
From preliminary drawings and sketches, to parametric
design, to animated assemblies, graduates will learn how
to simplify, enhance and streamline the manufacturing
and engineering processes utilizing CAD. Students acquire
comprehensive skills in the following technical areas:
fundamentals of drafting, technical drawing, process
pipe drafting, processes of manufacturing, geometric
dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), metals fabrication
drafting, and power transmission. Students' CAD skills are
developed with a comprehensive exposure to the latest
software releases of AutoCAD®, Autodesk Inventor®,
SolidWorks®, and Pro/Engineer®.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will find various
employment opportunities in the following fields:
* CAD operator
* Cost estimator
* Drafting manager
* Drafting supervisor
* Mechanical detailer
* Mechanical design technician
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A graduate of this program will be able to do the following:
* Produce working drawings such as detail, subassembly,
and full-assembly drawings utilizing manual, freehand,
and computer-aided drafting techniques.
* Recognize and apply the ASME Y14.5 guidelines in the
creation of mechanical working drawings.
* Apply industrial standards to the creation of working
drawings of sheet-metal components, welded
assemblies, electronics drafting, piping systems, and
power transmission components.
* Identify and understand basic manufacturing processes
as they relate to the dimensioning of working drawings.
* Demonstrate an ability to work independently and
to apply interpersonal and technical skills to solve
problems as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
* Demonstrate skills and proficiency in multiple 2D and
3D solid modeling CAD software packages.