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Spring 2020 Catalog 
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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 Manufacturing 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 CAD drafters or designer 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:

  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of the latest 2D and 3D CAD design software and equipment;
  • demonstrate knowledge of design techniques and principles involved in the production of technical plans, drawings, and models;
  • create accurate detailed drawings using CAD design software and equipment;
  • demonstrate critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills to perform effectively as a design drafter;
  • read and interpret the information provided by technical drawings in engineering, manufacturing, construction, and architectural applications;
  • solve engineering and design problems by applying fundamental knowledge of engineering concepts and manufacturing processes; and
  • research and present technical information both verbally and in written form.


Total Degree Credits: 64.0

First Year, Fall Semester


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

Internship opportunities are available, which provide unique opportunities for students to gain valuable experience while in school. Recent graduates have been placed in positions at Fisher-Price, MOOG, and other local engineering firms.

For more information contact the department chairperson or your advisor.

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