The Computer Aided Design program is designed to help students to acquire a combination of skills and knowledge utilizing hands-on training on industry-relevant software, and includes studies in science, mathematics, communication and project supervision/management techniques. Practical lab projects and a learn-by-doing environment provides a well-rounded education that can assist students in launching a career in drafting. Some courses will also help prepare students for industry-relevant certifications such as AutoCAD, Revit, and SolidWorks. Students utilize current versions of industry software such as AutoCAD, Civil 3-D, Revit, Inventor, Microstation, ArcGIS, and SolidWorks to create detailed technical drawings. Students also use state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and software, including GIS, GPS, and surveying related equipment.
This program culminates with a capstone class to expose students to multi-disciplinary data collection and modeling. Students illustrate scientific field data sets using geodatabases, CAD technology, field data collection units (GPS), and GIS mapping software.
CAD Program Outcomes
1. Design 2-dimension and 3-dimension objects that conform to relevant industry standards by using Computer Aided Design and Drafting software.
2. Illustrate scientific or technical field datasets that conform to relevant industry standards.
3. Collect contextually relevant field or shop data using appropriate hardware and software.
4. Communicate scientific and mathematical information with content specialists within their disciplines.
5. Acquire technical information via database queries.
6. Design a simple database which conforms to E.F. Codd’s third normal form.
7. Evaluate information for technical validity.
Required Course of Study for AAS Degree