Learning Outcomes

The Mechanical Design/CAD Technology curriculum provides courses that include fundamental theories and principles, as well as hands-on training involving modern computer aided design technologies and traditional mechanical design techniques to design, model, validate and communicate ideas before production and manufacturing. Traditional technical drawing theory and practices are utilized alongside the most up-to-date CAD applications, rapid prototyping, and 3D printing technologies.

A.A.S Degree in Mechanical Design Technology (0270)

The A.A.S. degree in mechanical design/CAD technology requires a total of 60 credit hours, including 42 in the major area and 18 general education requirements. The curriculum focuses on preparing the student for job positions in mechanical design, architectural design, interior design and building information management.

Learning Objectives

After completing this degree the student will be qualified to:

  • Evaluate mechanical designs and select the proper process and materials for production.
  • Create 2D and 3D computer drawings and models for manufacturing and prototyping.
  • Evaluate computer aided design models and assemblies based on critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  • Develop a solution through group work.
  • Communicate and present ideas and solutions to design problems.

Mechanical Design/CAD Certificate
30 Semester Credit Hours; Curriculum: 0272

The Mechanical Design Certificate requires a total of 30 credits. The major requirements are similar to the A.A.S. without the general education requirements. This certificate offers a general multi-purpose curriculum which covers a concentrated area of mechanical design/CAD courses.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate mechanical designs and select the proper process and materials for production.
  • Create 2D and 3D computer drawings and models for manufacturing and prototyping.
  • Evaluate computer aided design models and assemblies based on critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Develop a solution through group work.

Computer-Aided Design Certificate*
11 Semester Credit Hours; Curriculum: 0273

The Computer Aided Design Certificate consists of 11 credit hours. This certificate prepares students for CAD drafting job positions using AutoCAD software. Students will be proficient in drawing setup and drafting techniques for mechanical and architectural applications as well as general design fundamentals using CAD. Possible job positions include: Mechanical Draftsperson, Architectural Draftsperson, and General Design Draftsperson.

  • Create 2D and 3D computer drawings and models for manufacturing and prototyping using AutoCAD.
  • Evaluate computer aided design models and assemblies based on critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Develop a solution through group work.

Industrial Design Engineering Certificate
14 Semester Credit Hours; Curriculum: 0278

The Industrial Design Engineering Certificate consists of 14 credit hours. This certificate prepares students for CAD drafting positions using parametric modeling soft wares like Solidworks and Inventor to design and 3D print computer models. Students will be proficient in 3D Computer modeling and 2D drafting and annotation of part drawing techniques for manufacturing. Possible job positions include: Industrial draftsperson, 3D Print technician, and mechanical designer.

  • Create 2D drawings and 3D computer models for manufacturing and prototyping using parametric software.
  • Create prototypes using a 3D Printer.
  • Evaluate computer aided design models and assemblies based on critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Develop and present designs and prototypes to the class.
  • Create prototypes using 3D printers.

General Design Certificate
17 Semester Credit Hours; Curriculum: 0284

The General Design Certificate consists of 17 credit hours. This certificate prepares students for general drafting positions using a variety of CAD software like AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, and Solidworks to design 2D and 3D CAD models and detail drawings. Possible job positions include CAD draftsperson and general CAD designer.

  • Create 2D drawings and 3D models for a variety of applications including: Architectural, Interior design, Building Information Modeling applications.
  • Evaluate computer aided design models based on critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Develop and present designs and prototypes to the class.

CAD Interior Design Certificate
8 Semester Credit Hours; Curriculum: 0267

The CAD Interior Design Certificate consists of 8 credit hours. This certificate prepares students for CAD drafting positions tailored towards Interior Design using AutoCAD for 2D and 3D design and drafting. Students will be proficient in creating floorplans and elevation drawings using AutoCAD and creating 3D computer models of interior floorplans. Possible job positions include CAD draftsperson and interior detail draftsperson.

  • Create 2D drawings and 3D models for interior design applications using AutoCAD.
  • Evaluate computer aided design drawings based on critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Develop a solution through group work
  • Present interior design solutions to the class as a group.

Revit – Building Information Modeling (BIM) Certificate
12 Semester Credit Hours; Curriculum: 0259

The Revit Building Information Modeling Certificate consists of 12 credit hours. This certificate prepares students for CAD design and drafting positions using Building Information Modeling software. BIM is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. Possible job positions include Building Information Modeler, Architectural Draftsperson and Interior Draftsperson.

  • Create parametric 3D models to design, build, and maintain higher-quality buildings.
  • Evaluate Building Information Models based on critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Identify the purpose of Building Information Management (BIM) and how it is applied.
  • Creating a 3D building model with walls, curtain walls, windows, and doors.
  • Set up sheets for plotting with text, dimensions, details, tags, and schedules.

SolidWorks Certificate
9 Semester Credit Hours; Curriculum: 0261

The Solidworks Certificate consists of 12 credit hours. This certificate prepares students for CAD design and drafting positions using Solidworks Parametric Modeling software. This certificate prepares students for Mechanical and Industrial Design drafting positions using Solidworks parametric modeling software. Solidworks is used by manufacturing and engineering companies to design parts and assemblies and to analyze their functions using computer engineering techniques. Possible job positions include Mechanical draftsperson, and Industrial designer.

  • Create parametric 3D models to design and build mechanical parts and assemblies.
  • Evaluate computer models based on critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Apply Parametric Modeling to manufacturing and engineering concepts.
  • Setup sheets for plotting with text, dimensions, and details.