Computer Aided Drafting and Design - Mechanical

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Recommended basic skills standards are

The Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) program prepares students to enter the workforce as a skilled CAD technician for who are equipped with a solid foundation for drafting positions in manufacturing, engineering, and other areas requiring production-ready drawings and 3-dimensional or 3D printed models. Students will learn to prepare 2D and 3D projects for fabrication using the latest releases of multiple CAD software. In addition, students will acquire skills in subject matter of design principles, industry standards, fabrication materials, manufacturing applications, tolerance methods and analysis, problem-solving techniques and general organizational skills.

Career opportunities include drafting and engineering technician, project technician, design technician, draftsperson, and certified document technician. These career options play a critical role in product planning and the design of assembly parts and products which are to be fabricated and produced. With additional equipping and/or education, additional career options include mechanical engineer, commercial or industrial designer, civil engineer, product designer, and project designer.

Degree opportunities are:

CAD Mechanical Emphasis- this emphasis students are trained to be CAD technicians in manufacturing, engineering, fabrication, and other areas requiring production-ready drawings and solid 3-dimensional models. Assisting with the design of residential and commercial buildings in an architectural or construction office. Subject matter such as design principles, technical drawing, print reading, product documentation, and fabrication materials and methods are included.

CAD Robotics and Automation Emphasis - this emphasis students are prepared for entry level careers as a CAD technician in the robotics and automation field. Graduates become qualifies to work in electronic automation and in control systems environments. Students in this program are trained on the principles behind robotic and automation technology while focusing on principles of robotics, design, programming, operation of robotic systems, and robotics system maintenance topics such as programmable logic controllers, sensors and transducers, and fundamentals of DC/AC.

CAD HVAC Emphasis- this emphasis students are prepared for entry level careers as a CAD technician in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration field. This field of work involves different trade disciplines in residential and commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. This includes drafting technician positions in mechanical, electrical, and heating systems while learning basic refrigeration, fundamentals of gas heating, and electricity for HVAC systems for both residences, and large facilities.

Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the Computer Aided Drafting and Design – Mechanical program, students should be able to:

  • Read and interpret industry prints, using current drawing standards in dimensioning, symbology, linetypes, lineweights, drawing notes for working drawings, engineering assembly and design related manufacturing drawings
  • Apply and integrate computer technology using the latest 2D and 3D CAD software to develop technical engineering drawings in two-dimensional multi-view and three-dimensional solid models in a manner that is efficient and compliant with standard industry practices
  • Recall and define the principles and theory of manufacturing processes and basic operation of machine tools
  • Determine part function and relationship to each other, to include tolerancing of parts for assemblies while calculating mating part conditions to guarantee parts fits
  • Apply and diagnose Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing according to ASME Y14.5M – 1994 standards
  • Define and apply proper design materials while identifying proper standard part vendors for design applications
  • Compare additive manufacturing to traditional technologies and choose the best technology for a given application to include proper 3D printing materials and select appropriately for a given application
  • Create rapid prototypes using additive manufacturing to include identifying vendor parts to make a functional prototype

Interested students should schedule appointments with CAD program advisor prior to enrolling. Students may address and complete prerequisite requirements with the beginning program courses. Students not meeting a course prerequisite must have prior permission in order to enroll in the course.

General Education Courses

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

or

 

 

CSC 105

Computer Literacy

(3)

COM 225

Organizational Communication

3

ENG 131

Technical Writing I: CO1 or higher

3

MAT 107

Career Math or higher

3

Three (3) additional credit hours from list below

3

 

 

15

Three (3) additional credit hours

BUS 115

Introduction to Business

3

COM 125

Interpersonal Communication

3

PSY 100

Psychology of Workplace Relationships

3

Additional Required Courses (all emphasis areas)

CAD 100

Print Reading for Computer Aided Drafting

3

CAD 101

Computer Aided Drafting/2D I

3

CAD 102

Computer Aided Drafting/2D II

3

CAD 153

Introduction to Creo Basics

3

CAD 255

Solid Works/Mechanical

3

EGT 103

Technical Drafting III

3

EGT 210

Mechanical Design III

3

 

 

21

Emphasis Areas

HVAC

HVA 102

Basic Refrigeration

4

HVA 105

Electricity for HVAC/R

4

HVA 110

Fundamentals of Gas Heating

4

HVA 111

Piping Skills for HVAC

4

HVA 247

Hot Water Heating Systems

4

Electives

Choose six (6) hours from technical electives

6

 

26

Total Hours for HVAC Degree Emphasis

62

Mechanical

EGT 205

Geometric Dimension & Tolerance

3

MAC 100

Machine Shop Safety

1

MAC 101

Introduction to Machine Shop

3

MAC 252

Practical Metallurgy

3

MTE 130

Metrology

3

MTE 247

Strengths of Materials

3

Electives

Choose nine (9) hours from technical electives

9

 

25

Total Hours for Mechanical Degree Emphasis

61

Robotics & Automation

ELT 106

Fundamentals of DC/AC

4

ELT 146

Digital Devices in Computers

3

ELT 165

Electronic Assembly

3

ELT 252

Motors & Controls

3

ELT 258

Programmable Logic Controllers

3

ELT 266

Advanced Electronic Assemble

3

ELT 267

Introduction to Robotics

1

ELT 268

Robotics Technologies

3

Electives

Choose three (3) hours from technical electives

3

 

 

26

Total Hours for Robotics & Automation Degree Emphasis

62

Technical Electives

CAD 202

Computer Aided Drafting/3D

3

CAD 240

Inventor I/Autodesk

3

CAD 253

Advanced Creo

3

CAD 259

Advanced Solidworks

3

CAD 262

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing

3

CAD 266

Advanced 3D Printing

3

CAD 280

Internship

3

MAC 110

Introduction to Engine Lathe

3

MAC 120

Introduction to Milling Machine

3

MAC 205

Introduction to CNC Milling Operations

3

MAC 206

CNC Milling Operations II

3

MAC 240

CAD/CAM 2D

3

MAC 241

CAD/CAM 2D Lab

3

Certificates

Advanced CAD Technical Skills

CAD 100

Print Reading for Computer Aided Drafting

3

CAD 101

Computer Aided Drafting/2D I

3

CAD 102

Computer Aided Drafting/2D II

3

EGT 103

Technical Drafting III

3

EGT 210

Mechanical Design III

3

Total Credit Hours

15

Basic CAD Skills

CAD 100

Print Reading for Computer Aided Drafting

3

CAD 101

Computer Aided Drafting/2D I

3

CAD 102

Computer Aided Drafting/2D II

3

Total Credit Hours

9

CAD–Quality Assurance

CAD 100

Print Reading for Computer Aided Drafting

3

EGT 205

Geometric Dimension & Tolerance

3

MAT 107

Career Math or higher

3

MTE 130

Metrology

3

Total Credit Hours

12

CAD Skills for Interiors

CAD 105

AutoCAD for Interiors

4

CAD 215

Advanced CAD for Interiors

3

IND 111

Drafting for Interiors

4

Total Credit Hours

11

Modeling Design

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CAD 153

Introduction to Creo Basics

3

CAD 253

Advanced Creo

3

CAD 255

Solid Works/Mechanical

3

CAD 259

Advanced Solidworks

3

CAD 262

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing

3

CAD 266

Advanced 3D Printing

3

Total Credit Hours

18

Professional CAD - Architecture

AEC 102

Residential Construction Drawing

4

AEC 104

Architectural Drawing Theory

4

CAD 104

CAD for Architecture

4

CAD 224

Revit Architecture

3

CAD 227

Advanced Revit Architecture

3

Total Credit Hours

18

Professional CAD - Interior Design

CAD 105

AutoCAD for Interiors

4

CAD 215

Advanced CAD for Interiors

3

CAD 224

Revit Architecture

3

CAD 227

Advanced Revit Architecture

3

IND 111

Drafting for Interiors

4

Total Credit Hours

17

Professional CAD Mechanical

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CAD 100

Print Reading for Computer Aided Drafting

3

CAD 101

Computer Aided Drafting/2D I

3

CAD 102

Computer Aided Drafting/2D II

3

CAD 153

Introduction to Creo Basics

3

CAD 255

Solid Works/Mechanical

3

EGT 103

Technical Drafting III

3

EGT 210

Mechanical Design III

3

MAT 107

Career Math

3

Electives

Choose six (6) hours from technical electives

6

Total Credit Hours

30

Revit Skills

This certificate is for students who are in industry and with prior knowledge of Interior Design and Architecture

CAD 224

Revit Architecture

3

CAD 227

Advanced Revit Architecture

3

Total Credit Hours

6

Additional information available on the Computer Aided Drafting and Design – Mechanical Department website at www.ppcc.edu/computer-aided-drafting.