Computer-Aided Design


About the Program

The main purpose of the design process is to create sets of drawings that provide all the information required to build and assemble mechanical parts and buildings. The design process often requires that computer simulations and functional models called prototypes be developed to ensure that the mechanical parts and assemblies function correctly.  Building designs also require photo-realistic computer renderings and computer animations that show the clients how the building will look after they are built. This process requires Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technicians to understand the design process as well as be capable of using sophisticated computer software such as 2-dimensional Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and 3-dimensional modeling software.

The Computer Aided Design Certificate prepares students for employment as entry-level technicians capable of supporting the 2D and 3D CAD and modeling requirements of most industrial design and manufacturing organizations.

This certificate is designed to be used as an option within the Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree, or it can be used to dovetail easily with other certificates to build an Associate in General Technology degree specific to the student and potential employer’s needs.

Certificate curricula are reviewed and updated periodically in response to community and industry demands. The student is cautioned to discuss certificate choices and course selections with an Engineering Advisor before each registration cycle.

Learning experiences for students in Engineering Technology programs are provided at the Northeast Campus in classrooms and state-of-the-art labs in the Engineering Technology and Science Classroom Building.


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