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 education base, the program also includes education and training in applied technical mathematics, 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 AutoCAD integrated with Pro/ENGINEER solid-modeling and rendering technology, both predominant technology leaders in CAD/solid-modeling.
All technical manufacturing and engineering design in today’s high-technology business and industry uses computer-based, computer-aided design technologies that integrate the design, engineering and manufacturing design analysis–and manufacturing of complex products and product parts, sub-assemblies, and assemblies–into a single, technically coherent process.
Students may enroll in this program full- or part-time. Courses are offered during daytime and/or evening hours. Students who complete the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) certificate program and decide to pursue an associate in science degree may apply all of their credits towards the Industrial Technology A.S. degree program or the Connecticut College of Technology Technological Studies A.S. degree pathways program, both of which are articulated technology programs within Central Connecticut State University’s School of Engineering and Technology. Students should consult with an engineering/technology faculty advisor to plan their program and schedule of classes, and to discuss required course prerequisites.