Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) A.A.S.

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Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) A.A.S.

Department: Computer-Aided Drafting

Total Credit Hours: 60 credits

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Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (26 credits)
Mathematics MAT 158 or College Algebra-General Education 4
MAT 162 College Algebra-STEM* 
Communication ENG 101  English Composition I* 3
ENG 115 Technical Writing* 3
COM 101 Oral Communications 3
Social Science HIS 101 or US History to 1877  3
HIS 102 or US History Since 1877 
HIS 145 or Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Heritage
HIS 146 or Western Civilization: Modern European Heritage
POL 101 American Government 
Natural Science PHY 150/153 Physics I and Lab 4
Elective CPT/BTC 103 or Microcomputer Applications 3
CPT115 Introduction to Data Processing
ART 1400 Drawing I 3
Core Course Requirements (13 credits)
CDM 103 CAD Systems I 3
CDM 104 CAD Systems II 3
CDM 205 or Architectural Drafting I  3
CDM 207 Revit Architectural Drafting I
CDM 221 Solid Modeling I 3
CDM 298 CAD Capstone 1
Electives** (21 credits)
CDM 120 Descriptive Geometry 3
CDM 205 Architectural Drafting I 3
CDM 206 Architectural Drafting II 3
CDM 207 Revit Architecture I 3
CDM 208 Revit Architecture II 3
CDM 209 Construction Materials 3
CDM 210 HVAC Drafting 3
CDM 211 Structural Drafting 3
CDM 212 Electrical/Electronic Drafting 3
CDM 222 Solid Modeling II 3
CDM 223 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance 3
CDM 227 Revit MEP 3
CDM 235 Manufacturing Processes 3
CDM 251 Introduction to Piping Drafting 3
CDM 255 Civil Drafting 3
CDM 265 Sustainable Design 3
CDM 270 Externship* 3
CPM 220 3 D Animation 3
GEO 120 Introduction to GIS 3
GEO 225 Advanced GIS 3
Total Required Hours: 60 credits

* The Academic Skills Assessment is required before enrolling in Math or English courses. If a student places into lower level courses than are required for his/her degree, then the student needs to first enroll in lower level courses before enrolling in the courses needed for graduation.

** CDM electives listed above. Choose 20-21 hours.

***General Elective: Choose any course 100 level or higher.

What Is CAD?

This program option provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of computer-aided drafting (CAD). Students will be able to choose from a list of optional CAD courses to allow emphasis in architectural, industrial, civil or broad scope applications as desired. Additional courses in science and math are required.

Occupation Overview

These technicians (i.e. drafting technicians or "drafters") operate computer-aided design systems to produce final specifications and drawings for new designs. A drafter may work as a team member with engineers, analysts, architects, other drafters and/or designers assigned to a specific design. Drafters use special computer software for producing, communicating and revising detailed specifications and drawings.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of computer-aided design technicians is expected to have varied growth through 2018 depending on the industry.

Local/regional placement and outlook have been higher than average compared to the national outlook.

Salary Outlook

Nationally, people established in their career generally earn between $37,840-$59,740 per year. Exceptional performers can earn in excess of $73,050.

Exceptional performers can earn in excess of $73,050.

CAD graduates typically average between $15-$28/hour. Opportunities for advancement and promotion after entry-level employment are typically higher with a CAD Associate of Applied Science degree as compared to a CAD Certificate of Achievement.

Sources: FOCUS Online Career and Education Planning Systems.

CAD Careers

SCC graduates are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: Aeronautical drafter, architectural drafter, automotive design drafter, CAD drafter, civil drafter, controls designer, construction designer, designer, detail drafter, detailer, die designer, die-drawing checker, drawings checker, electrical drafter, estimator, government recordkeeper, factory layout drafter, HVAC drafter, industrial drafter, manufacturing technician, patent drafter, product design drafter, project designer/manager, SolidWorks designer, structural drafter, technical illustrator tooling designer.

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