The CAD Computer Aided Design and Drafting program prepares students with the skills necessary for an engineering technician career using both CAD drafting and 3-D Solid Modeling techniques. The course of study prepares students to work in a wide range of engineering disciplines, including engineering teams for large and small manufacturing firms, consultant engineering firms, testing, and research companies to gain employment as Computer Aided Drafters and Engineering Designers.
Students not only learn to draft using CAD and solid modeling techniques, but also get “hands-on” practical experience in rapid prototyping, engineering design projects, and by learning fabrication processes used in industry. Coursework includes a balance of basic skills in math and communications, as well as practical application of relevant computer assisted drafting skills in several engineering disciplines, including: mechanical, civil and structural engineering; architectural drafting; electrical and fluid power schematics; and fabrication/piping drafting.
Employment of CAD designers and drafters is strong locally and nation-wide. Many employers are looking for designers who are knowledgeable in the use of proper drafting and documentation and are skilled in CAD drafting techniques. As engineering and scientific occupations continue to grow, more technicians, designers, and drafters are needed in engineering groups. Due to the expanded use of computer aided design, skilled drafters and designers are in strong demand.
POTENTIAL POSITIONS INCLUDE: CAD design and/or drafting for manufacturing firms, engineering firms, architects, structural or HVAC contractors, electrical/electronics companies, in a wide range of types and sizes of companies.