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Engineering Technology: Computer Aided DraftingRequirements

Explore the classes that will teach you about computer aided drafting to start or advance your career supporting engineering, construction, architecture and manufacturing teams. The degree requirement classes will teach you various software used by CAD professionals, including AutoCAD, Chief Architect, Revit Architecture and Inventor.

Customize your learning experience by choosing elective classes in an area of focus aligned with an industry you’re interested in, including construction, architecture, civil engineering and mechanical engineering. 

Choose electives in subjects including:

  • Construction materials
  • Surveying
  • CAD architecture
  • Civil 3D software
  • 3D printing
  • Machine shop
  • Global information systems (GIS)

You can also pursue up to six credits engaged in an independent study focused on a particular aspect of computer aided drafting. An internship is another elective course option. Gain supervised work experience with a business in the community with guidance from your instructor. 

General education requirements round out your learning experience and reinforce the soft skills you’ll learn during degree requirement classes. Study PC applications, written and oral communication, mathematics, geography and physics.

Row Groupings Program Requirements: Credits
required

Interpret construction prints and the related documents produced by the residential or commercial architect and used in the construction industry. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Covers linetype identification, use of lineweights, file management, prototype/template creation using AutoCAD. Covers interpretation of industry standards in dimensioning, symbology, drawing notes, scales, and reading working drawings. Architecture, engineering, design related, civil/survey, manufacturing, HVAC, and welding are industries discussed in this course. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on basic computer aided drafting skills using the AutoCAD software. Includes file management, Cartesian coordinate system & dynamic input, drawing templates, drawing aids, linetype and lineweights, layer usage, drawing & editing geometric objects, polylines & splines, array, text applications, creating tables, basic dimensioning and Help access. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on intermediate 2D Computer aided drafting skills using the AutoCAD software. Includes blocks, wblocks & dynamic blocks, hatching, isometric drawings, advanced dimensioning and dimension variables, layouts, paper space and viewports, templates, external references, attributes, raster images, & printing/plotting. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

CAD 1101 with a grade of "C" or better.

3
required

Introduces residential and light commercial software design in order to produce 3D models and construction documents using the software Chief Architect. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Prepares individuals for proficiency exams level II. This course shows how to prepare for engineering testing and evaluation of advanced CAD drawings. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

CAD 1102 with a grade of "C" or better.

3
required

Introduces students to the AutoDesk Revit Architecture software. Examines the Building Information Modeling approach to 2D and 3D architectural construction documents. Covers the creation of floorplans, elevations, sections, 3D models, perspective renderings and walkthroughs with this software application. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces basic Inventor applications of non-parametric modeling, three-dimensional parametric modeling and visualization & animation of 3D modeling. The student learns to construct, modify, and manage complex models in 3D space. Produces 2D drawing assemblies from 3D models. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces parametric feature-based solid modeling 3D concepts to build confidence in 3D thinking and progresses to three-dimensional parameters. This course provides instruction on how to construct, modify, and manage complex parts in 3D space as well as to produce 2D drawings from the 3D models. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
Total Required Program Credits 21
Row Groupings General Education Requirements: Credits
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Combines the basic theories of communication with public speech performance skills. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, audience analysis, and delivery. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Examines the communication involved in interpersonal relationships occurring in family, social, and career situations. Relevant concepts include self-concept, perception, listening, nonverbal communication, and conflict. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Covers mathematical material designed for career and technical students. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and vectors. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Focuses on a variety of functions and the exploration of their graphs. Topics include: equations and inequalities, operations on functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and non-linear systems, and an introduction to conic sections. This course provides essential skills for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) pathways. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Introduces descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on critical thinking and statistical literacy. Topics include methods of data collection, presentation and summarization, introduction to probability concepts and distributions, and statistical inference of one and two populations. This course uses real world data to illustrate applications of a practical nature. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Examines the spatial distribution of environmental and societal phenomena in the world's regions. Environmental phenomena includes topography, climate, and natural resources. Societal phenomena include patterns of population and settlement, religion, ethnicity, language, and economic development. This course also analyzes the characteristics that define world regions and distinguishes them from each other. This course examines the relationships between physical environments and human societies, and examines globalization, emphasizing the geopolitical and economic relationships between more developed and less developed regions. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS2 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on mechanics, heat, properties of matter, electricity and magnetism, and light. Incorporates laboratory experience. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. It is recommended that ENG 1021 and MAT 1340 be completed prior to or be taken concurrently with this course. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Covers the physics of mechanics and requires application of classical physics to both mathematical and conceptual problems. Major topics include kinematics in one and two dimensions, Newton's Laws, circular motion, work and energy, impulse and momentum, and rotational mechanics. This course may also include topics relating to simple harmonic motion and traveling and standing waves. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SCI category. It is recommended that ENG 1021 and MAT 1340 be completed prior to or be taken concurrently with this course. Course is not repeatable for credit.

5
Total Required General Education Credits 15-18
Row Groupings Program Elective Courses: Credits
Program Elective Courses:

Choose a minimum of 24 credits from the following electives:

required

Examines building materials and construction techniques. Topics include a study of soils, concrete, brick, masonry, steel, timber, and plastics, and a study of types of building structural systems and components. Principles of interpreting light commercial construction drawings (blueprints) for structural and trade information are also introduced. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Explores basic principles of soil mechanics and proper testing procedures. Introduces students to soils and the testing of soils. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

The course includes the fundamentals of plane surveying and basic surveying instruments. It emphasizes construction-related aspects of surveying and the development of skills in using surveying field information. Surveying projects are generally covered in coordinated and fieldwork segments. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on estimating techniques used to establish and verify costs of materials, equipment, and labor and the time requirements related to building construction projects. Emphasis is placed on preparation of an estimate of construction costs of a commercial building. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

AEC 1200 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Introduces techniques and common practices of 3D modeling using Sketchup software. Focuses on the creation and editing of virtual three-dimensional forms and volumes and the organization of their elements through the various features of the software. Includes applying material and textures, changing the appearance of models with styles and shadows and introduces the basic techniques of presenting and sharing the 3D model. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on program customization of AutoCAD software. Includes the creation of Dynamic Blocks, customizing Shortcut Menus and Double Click Actions, customizing Tool Palettes, Ribbon Tabs and Panels, user Profiles and Workspaces, basic CAD programming, path options, Sheet Set Manager, and eTransmit. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on construction of three-dimensional objects using the AutoCAD software. Includes mesh & surface modeling, solid modeling, extrusions, Boolean operations, 3D editing, 3D views, rendering, materials, advanced lighting, and walkthrough, flyby animations of 3D Solids to 2D Layouts. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

CAD 1101 with a grade of "C" or better.

3
required

Introduces students to the BIM management software Autodesk Navisworks. Multiple BIM models will be combined for the purposes of scheduling and clash detection. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Provides students with the Computer Aided Software (CAD) software application training in Architectural construction drawings using industry standards. This course focuses on the basic to advanced software application necessary to produce 2D to 3D architectural construction documents using AutoCAD Architectural software. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on the advanced applications of the AutoDesk Revit Architecture software. Includes Family Editing, topographic Site Plans, Worksharing, Phases, Key Schedules, custom Annotation, Templates, and presentation techniques. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

CAD 2220 with a grade of "C" or better.

3
required

Provides students with the basics to advanced software application necessary to produce 3D Civil models and 2D drawings using the Civil 3D software. This course will cover topics including components and program interface, linework, geometry, 2D to 3D Civil CAD applications. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on parametric modeling and direct manipulation modeling techniques to create 3D designs using the Fusion software. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces advanced applications of the 3D parametric software SolidWorks. Focuses include management of design data, advanced assembly, analysis of model creations, documentation of bill of materials and parts lists, rendering, animation, and dynamic simulation and testing a model assembly. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

CAD 2455 with a grade of "C" or better.

3
required

Provides the student with the ability to blend the virtual and real design worlds together through the use of 3D CAD Modeling, and 3D Printing. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

CAD 2221, CAD 2400, CAD 2455, CAD 2456, or CAD 2460 with a grade of "C" or better.

3
required

Provides students with a vehicle to pursue in depth exploration of special topics of interest. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.

0 to 12
required

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor is required.

0 to 12
required

Offers students the development of skills that are needed to search for a job. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Introduces the basic skills needed for many careers in electronics and related fields. Covers the operations and applications of basic DC and AC circuits consisting of resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers and diodes. Emphasizes the use of common test instruments in troubleshooting. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Introduces industrial robotics as well as a survey of the technologies and equipment used in manufacturing automation and process control. Includes axis configurations, work envelopes, programming, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Incorporates a survey of automation topics including history, computer and hardwired controls, sensors and transducers, motors and actuators, fluid power, etc. and provides a preview of the other ELT classes that cover those subjects. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Surveys the development, application and use of geographic information systems (GIS). Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces the terminology, hardware, and technological principles of Global Positioning Systems (GPS). This course focuses on using industry standard hand-held GPS units, integrating field data with existing spatial data, reading maps, navigation, and map-making. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Builds on the spatial analysis principles and concepts of GIS 101. Students work with advanced analytical tools and develop skills in spatial problem solving. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

GIS 1001 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Covers the hazards of a machine shop including health and safety, locating essential safety information from a code or other standard, location and use of safety and emergency equipment, and identifying and applying shop safety procedures. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Covers safety procedures, use of bench tools, layout tools, power saws, drill presses, precision measurement tools, and various hand tools related to the machine shop. Also included are sharpening drill bits and general purpose turning tools for the lathe and determining speeds and feeds for both the lathe and the milling machine. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

MAC 1000 with a grade of "C" or better, may be taken concurrently

3
required

Introduces basic lathe applications which will consist of identifying lathe components and controls, understanding turning safety, calculating speeds and feeds, using various tools and tool holders, identifying basic tool geometry, and the use of common lathe spindle tooling. Students will perform basic lathe operations, which will consist of facing, center-drilling, chuck turning, turning between centers, boring, grooving, tapers, knurling, and single point threading. Students will be required to produce specified parts to a tolerance of +/- .004 in. and perform competencies set by manufacturing standards. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

MAC 1000 and MAC 1001 with grades of "C" or better

3
required

Teaches students to identify the major parts of the vertical mill, align a vise, use an indicator, edge finder, and boring head, determine speeds and feeds perform simple indexing, mill flat, square surfaces and slots, drill, bore, and tap holes, and work within a plus or minus .002 inch tolerance. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

MAC 1000 and MAC 1001 with grades of "C"or better

3
required

Introduces basic writing and editing of CNC lathe programs. G&M codes, math, speeds and feeds, production processes including basic process controls, and documentation associated with manufacturing will be covered. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

MAC 1010 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Introduces basic creating and editing of CNC mill programs. Introduction to G&M codes, math, speeds and feeds, production processes including process controls, and documentation associated with manufacturing will be covered.  Course is not repeatable for credit. 

Course Prerequisites

MAC 1020 with a grade of "C" or better

3
Total Elective Credits 24
Total Credits for A.A.S. Degree 60