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
- Design 2-dimension and 3-dimension objects that conform to relevant industry standards by using Computer Aided Design and Drafting software.
- Illustrate scientific or technical field datasets that conform to relevant industry standards.
- Collect contextually relevant field or shop data using appropriate hardware and software.
- Communicate scientific and mathematical information with content specialists within their disciplines.
- Acquire technical information via database queries.
- Design a simple database which conforms to E.F. Codd’s third normal form.
- Evaluate information for technical validity.