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Computer-Aided Design Technology

This program is offered at Clark State's Springfield location.

Students completing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technology are qualified to play a support role to the engineering professions in industrial, research, and academic areas preparing drawings, blueprints, layouts, bills of materials, manufacturing, and product support documentation. Training in the area of advanced computer-aided drafting is also included.

In addition to applied technical courses, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technology includes a co-op experience. Students must complete EBE 1000, Employability Skills, and then work with the Office of Career Management to secure an appropriate co-op site.

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students, and those taking college preparatory courses, will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult their academic advisor for help in planning their schedules.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technology, a graduate will be able to:

  • Design, produce, and document a finished product per quality specifications using knowledge of engineering, materials, metrology, and manufacturing process.
  • Use computers in troubleshooting, maintenance planning, and report writing.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of manufacturing processes, including safety, cost, documentation, material selection, fabrication, and assembly.
  • Formulate and analyze the mathematical models for physical and engineering problems.
  • Use commonly-available instruments, schematics, operating manuals, and troubleshooting guides.

Transfer Options
Students enrolled in Associate of Applied Business and Associate of Applied Science degree programs are preparing for employment upon graduation from the program. However, at some point many of these students are also interested in completing a bachelor's degree. A number of colleges or universities have designed bachelor's completion programs designed for students completing applied degrees. See the Transfer section of the catalog for more information.

Scholastic Preparation

Students starting the program should have one year each of high school algebra, trigonometry, and physics or equivalent. Students may take these preparatory courses at Clark State, but it will require a longer amount of time to complete their degree program. Those without high school physics must complete PHY 1100, Fundamentals of Physics.

Course Title Credits
CAD 1101 Computer-Aided Design I 3
EBE 1000 Employability Skills 1
ENG 1111 English I 3
ENT 1000 Introduction to Industrial and Engineering Technology 3
ENT 1050 Manufacturing Foundations 4
INT 1000 OSHA 10-Hour General Safety 1
CAD 1301 Architecture I 3
CAD 2100 Solid Modeling 3
ENT 2100 Manufacturing Processes 3
MTH 1280 College Algebra 4
ENT 1500 Engineering Materials 3
EBE 2701 Co-op Education I 1
CAD 1102 Computer-Aided Design II 3
ECO 2210 Principles of Macroeconomicsor  
ECO 2220 Principles of Microeconomics 3
PHY 1501 General Physics I with Algebra 5
MTH 1340 Pre-Calculus 5
CAD 2200 Advanced Solid Modeling 3
ENT 2600 Engineering Design 3
ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
EBE 2703 Co-op Education I 3
  Total Credit Hours 60

* The technical elective must be a minimum of 4 semester hours in any combination of co-op (EBE 2701 - EBE 2704, EBE 2801 - EBE 2804) or any course not already prescribed in the following areas: CAD, ENT, INT or NTK 1110.

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.