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College Catalog Fall 2012 - Spring 2013
Computer Aided Drafting and Design (Mechanical) - Certificate

The Instructional Program

The one-year certificate in CADD Mechanical consists of the first-year courses from the two-year Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degree program in CADD. The certificate is primarily for those individuals who can only spend one year in college. It is a two-semester program that begins each fall. If a student completes the certificate program and then decides to continue on for the associate degree in CADD, the courses taken for the certificate will transfer with no loss of credit.

Students interested in this certificate must enroll directly in the A.O.S. degree program in Computer Aided Drafting and Design.

Career Options

Jobs available to students who earn certificate in CADD Mechanical are:

There are career opportunities in manufacturing firms, contract drafting firms, surveying and mapping companies, and in any company that requires technical drawings. Students who continue on for the associate degree increase their options for employment in the field of drafting and design.

Further information regarding careers in this field can be found in the Computer Aided Drafting and Design program description.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:



Technical Standards:  In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the minimum Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 31

Major Courses Required - 25 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
 CADD 111 Fundamentals of Drafting 3
 CADD 112 Dimensioning and Tolerancing 
 CADD 113 Descriptive Geometry 3
 CADD 130 Introduction to CAD (Solid Edge) 3
 CADD 151 Production Drawing 3
 CADD 152 Geometric Form Tolerances 4
 CADD 153 Industrial Drawing 3
 CADD 170 Manufacturing Processes 3

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 6 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
MATH ___ Mathematics* 6

*Note:  Mathematics is by placement according to competency.  MATH 102 Mathematics for Applied Technology is the minimum exit-level requirement for this program.


Student Learning Outcomes

A student who earns the CADD Mechanical Certificate should be able to:

    1. Delineate various mechanical types of parts by following the industry standard, ASME Y14.5M, as it relates to line quality, lettering, geometric constructions, multiview drawings (orthographic projection), and sectioning.
    2. Detail various mechanical types of parts by following the ASME Y14.5M standard as it relates to dimensioning and tolerancing.
    3. Detail various mechanical types of parts by following the ASME Y14.5M standard as it relates to descriptive geometry, theory of projection, and auxiliary views.
    4. Learn and master the use of at least two different types of computer-based 3-D Parametric Solids graphic software, one in the first year (Solid Edge) and a different one in the second year (AUTOCAD), to generate and create electronic files as well as printed/plotted sets of working drawings that conform to the ASME Y14.5M standard.
    5. Detail complete sets of working drawings by following the ASME Y14.5M standard for the development, production, and/or servicing of various types of mechanical systems.
    6. Detail drawings that relate to the areas of welded fabricated parts, piping, hydraulics, pneumatics, structural, and developments by conforming to various industry standards.

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Last Updated: 3/13/13