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Fall 2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer-Aided Drafting/Design Technology, A.A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code: 5303
Curriculum Code: 2202
Campus Location: South

Engineering & Technologies Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: Math I, Math II, Math III
Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences: Calculus, Physics
Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Engineering and Design Firms

Program Description

Every high school graduate has an opportunity for a rewarding and progressive Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) career. The curriculum has been designed to accommodate individuals who are high school graduates or equivalent and who have a desire to become part of the CADD profession in the challenging field of technology.

The first two semesters are designed to provide entry-level courses in keeping with the New York State Education Department requirements toward an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology. In the last two semesters, students are guided into a concentrated field of computer-aided design including a variety of different 3D software packages. The overall program provides the student with a broad assortment of different drawing experiences in diverse areas of study. Upon completion of this broad and comprehensive training in CADD, the student will be qualified to accept job opportunities in support of engineers and designers.

Graduates will be able to assume positions as designers or CADD operators working with and supporting engineers and engineering departments.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design, the graduate will be able to:

  • draw, dimension and interpret basic mechanical working drawings;
  • prepare accurate and concise technical reports;
  • demonstrate with explanation the metallurgical properties of materials, including plastics, be familiar with manufacturing processes and machine tools and have an awareness of product safety and reliability;
  • develop technical illustrations;
  • develop working drawings from engineering flow sheets and utilize standard piping symbols;
  • perform basic engineering calculation;
  • apply geometric tolerancing and true positioning to a drawing using the current ANSI Code Y-14.5;
  • demonstrate skills to design, draw and interpret basic wood frame construction;
  • draw, dimension and interpret structural detailing;
  • describe and construct an electrical/electronic drawing using standard symbols;
  • be able to research, interpret and present technical information;
  • demonstrate with explanation the basic operation of CADD and using commands, create two dimensional working drawings; and 
  • analyze with explanation the industrial working environment as it relates to management structure, work ethics and safety.


Total Degree Credits: 64.0

First Year, Fall Semester

First Year, Spring Semester


This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering.

Internships are unique opportunities for students to gain valuable experience while in school. Potential employment opportunities exist upon successful completion of internship/co-op program and graduation. Other internship/co-ops are available at Fisher-Price, MOOG, along with several local engineering firms.

For more information contact the department chair/adviser or call the ECC Internship Office at (716) 851-1800.

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