The Computer-Aided Design (CAD) certificate program provides students with career-based training in mechanical design using computer-aided drafting/design technology. To provide the necessary technical base, the program also includes engineering drawing, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing skills. Basic training in computer technology is included to prepare students for the two-dimensional, three-dimensional and solid-modeling computer-aided design technology in the program. CAD technology in the core of the certificate program is comprised of 2D AutoCAD®, Solidworks® parametric solid modeling and rendering technology, as well as an option of Mastercam® CNC software, and NX parametric solid modeling.
All manufacturing and engineering design in today’s high-technology business and industry use computer-based manufacturing and computer-aided design technologies that integrate the design, engineering and manufacturing processes of complex products, parts, and assemblies-into a single, technically coherent process.
Students may enroll in this program full- or part-time. Courses are offered during afternoon and/or evening hours. Students who complete the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) certificate program and decide to pursue an associate in science degree in Technology Studies, CAD Option, may apply all of their credits towards that degree. Students should consult with an engineering/technology faculty advisor to plan their program and schedule of classes, and to discuss required course prerequisites.