Academic Program - Computer Aided-Design CAD

Mission Statement

The CAD AAS degree is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position in the CAD industry. The field of CAD will continue to be one of the most promising growth areas for meaningful employment well into the twenty-first century. Students graduating with this degree may find employment working under the guidance of engineers and architects as CAD Operators, Engineering Technicians, CD Detailers, and Design Assistants.

Program Goals

  • Goal 1: Demonstrate, through appropriate drawing layout, standard drafting principles.
  • Goal 2: Create and plot simple 2D and orthographic drawings with CAD using common industry practices.
  • Goal 3: Adapt and customize CAD software to meet the personal and/or organizational needs and configurations.
  • Goal 4: Create user menus, libraries and modifications of software configurations and program start-up settings.
  • Goal 5: Create CAD design files and drawing plots for mechanical applications using common industry techniques.
  • Goal 6: Create, develop and integrate blocks and block libraries for use in mechanical designs.
  • Goal 7: Apply solid modeling software to create and plot 3D objects from sketches, dimensions and constraints.
  • Goal 8: Develop 2D drawings, and parts and multipart assemblies from sold model files.
  • Goal 9: Create, render and plot 3D drawings using solid and surface modeling techniques.
  • Goal 10: Use and apply various graphic files (raster and vector), file exchange, CAD data bases and Object Linking and Embedding (OLE), in the creation of files.
  • Goal 11: Create, model and plot various architectural drawings using industry wide conventions and symbols.
  • Goal 12: Incorporate and utilize Civil Site Engineering drawing information in the creation of related drawings.
  • Goal 13: Apply CAD software to civil applications to create and plot related drawings suitable for the civil engineering profession.
  • Goal 14: Interpret and utilize Civil Site Engineering drawing information in the creation of related drawings.
  • Goal 15: Apply fundamental CAD drafting skills needed for work in the CAD industry.
  • Goal 16: Apply fundamental computer skills required for work in the CAD industry.
  • Goal 17: Apply Advanced CAD skills, practices and principles through both the analysis of graphical problems found in the CAD industry and the creation of appropriate drawing to solve these graphical problems.


Program Contact

Robert Brown

Division Chair, Business & Technology

DepartmentBusiness & Technology 
Phone410 386-8224 

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