NWCCD 2016-17 Catalog 
    Jul 13, 2024  
NWCCD 2016-17 Catalog [This is an Archived Catalog.]

Computer Aided Design AAS

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The Computer Aided Design program is designed to allow 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


Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Total Degree Credit Hours: 60

Program Electives 9-9.5

Any combination from the list below, to include at least 1 safety-related course*.  An additional half credit will be required if your take CMAP 1800 & 1805 Access I & II rather than COSC 2050 Intro to SQL.

Any 2000 level MATH course; any 2000 level STAT course; any ENTK, ES, GEOL, CHEM, PHYS, MCHT, CNTK or WELDING course; *Safety course: SAFE 1510, SAFE 1570, MINE 1840, MCHT 1500

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