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CAD Design and Drafting

Are you inventive, good with technology and like to draw? Mechanical design could be the right career for you.

In this program, you’ll develop the critical thinking and computer drafting skills needed to create manufacturing drawings for everything from a car to a complex robotic work cell. You’ll practice designing new products and build hands-on prototypes using machine tools, welding, laser cutting and 3D printing.

Whether you want to work as a technician in drafting, design or sales, this program prepares you to join engineering teams in the manufacturing, testing, aerospace and robotics industries,as well as in consultant engineering firms and research companies.

Detailed Information

For more information about the CAD and mechanical design programs, including career information, new student orientation, and club activities, visit the instructor web site for CAD and mechanical design.

  1. Use the systems, symbols, language and mechanics of the drafting field.
  2. Skillfully apply computers and engineering office software for documentation, communication, design, and drafting.
  3. Identify, solve, and apply engineering calculations relevant to a full drafting and design project.
  4. Work productively in a team environment and/or as an independent drafter/designer when required.
  5. Work with the sense of responsibility and accuracy required in the field of engineering design and drafting.
  6. Develop individual and full sets of drafting projects including shop drawings, assembly drawings, schematics, and construction plans using 2-D CAD and 3-D CAD solid modeling.
  7. Create accurate solid model computer files to transfer to rapid prototypes, CNC use, shop drawings, or engineering designs.
  8. Identify and select appropriate materials and processing of materials used in industry for a design project.
  9. Demonstrate basic shop practices in woods, metals, plastics, and composites, including machining, fabrication/welding, assembly and testing for design prototypes.
  10. Demonstrate global awareness of the impact of efficiency, effectiveness, cost, and sustainability in design.
  11. Create, track, and maintain an engineering design project from inception through scheduling, drafting, prototyping, costing, and documentation.

The CAD Design and Drafting program prepares students with the skills necessary for drafting and design using both CAD drafting and solid modeling techniques. The course of study prepares students to work in a wide range of engineering disciplines, including engineering teams for large and small manufacturing firms, consultant engineering firms, testing, and research companies to gain employment as computer aided drafters and engineering designers.

Students not only learn to draft using CAD and solid modeling techniques, but also get “hands-on” practical experience in 3D printing, engineering design projects, and by learning fabrication processes used in industry. Coursework includes a balance of basic skills in math and communications, as well as practical application of relevant computer assisted drafting skills in several engineering disciplines, including: mechanical, civil and structural engineering; mechanical design in building systems; electrical and fluid power schematics; and fabrication/piping drafting.

Students may start the CAD Design and Drafting program in the fall, winter, or spring (the spring sequence may be more difficult to complete in two years).

Students are offered several options within the CAD Design and Drafting program. They may choose to complete an AAS degree in one of the following areas: CAD Design and Drafting or Mechanical Engineering Technology. A CAD Drafting Certificate is also available.


 

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Placement

Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

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Total Program Credits: 55 - 59


Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
APLED121
Applied Written Communication   1
4
CAD 101
Introduction to Technology   2
3
CAD 111
Applied Technical Math 1   3
3
CAD 114
Engineering Graphics/CAD 1   4
5
Total Credits
 
15

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
APLED123
Leadership Skills for Business and Industry   1
3
CAD 120
Basic Blueprint Reading  
3
CAD 121
Applied Technical Math 2   3
3
CAD 124
Engineering Graphics/CAD 2  
5
Total Credits
 
14

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CAD 133
Introduction to Design  
5
CAD 142
CAD Solid Modeling  
5
 
Approved CAD Electives   5
3 - 5
Total Credits
 
13-15
ARCHT122
Architectural Design 1  
7
CAD 242
Mechanical Design Fundamentals  
5
CAD 243
Building Systems Mechanical CAD Applications  
3
CAD 244
Structural CAD Applications  
4
CAD 246
Manufacturing Processes and Precision Measuring  
3
CAD 256
Mechanical CAD Applications  
3
CAD 258
Schematic CAD Applications  
4
CAD 260
Fabrication and Piping CAD Applications  
3
CAD 268
Schematics/Advanced CAD  
3
CAD 269
Civil CAD Applications  
4

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
APLED125
Employment Preparation   1
3
CAD 252
CAD Solid Modeling/Graphics 2  
4
 
Approved CAD Electives   5
6 - 8
Total Credits
 
13-15
ARCHT122
Architectural Design 1  
7
CAD 242
Mechanical Design Fundamentals  
5
CAD 243
Building Systems Mechanical CAD Applications  
3
CAD 244
Structural CAD Applications  
4
CAD 246
Manufacturing Processes and Precision Measuring  
3
CAD 256
Mechanical CAD Applications  
3
CAD 258
Schematic CAD Applications  
4
CAD 260
Fabrication and Piping CAD Applications  
3
CAD 268
Schematics/Advanced CAD  
3
CAD 269
Civil CAD Applications  
4

Approved CAD Electives  

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ARCHT122
Architectural Design 1  
7
CAD 242
Mechanical Design Fundamentals  
5
CAD 243
Building Systems Mechanical CAD Applications  
3
CAD 244
Structural CAD Applications  
4
CAD 246
Manufacturing Processes and Precision Measuring  
3
CAD 256
Mechanical CAD Applications  
3
CAD 258
Schematic CAD Applications  
4
CAD 260
Fabrication and Piping CAD Applications  
3
CAD 268
Schematics/Advanced CAD  
3
CAD 269
Civil CAD Applications  
4
1 This related education requirement may be met by any course or combination of courses approved by the instructional dean.
2 CAD 101 may be met by an equivalent course or combination of courses approved by the department dean.
3 This related education requirement may be met by any course or combination of courses approved by the department dean. This course may be substituted as approved by the CAD instructor or department dean with APLED 112.
4 This course may be substituted with ENGR 103 Engineering Graphics/CAD.
5 This course may be substituted with an approved elective or with co-op credits CAD 266 and 267. This course may also be substituted with equivalent courses or approved Technical Design Electives.

Estimated costs for completing this program

 
WA Resident
Non-Resident
International
Military Tuition Assistance Program
Tuition
$ 5,981
$ 7,562
$ 13,890
$ 4,699
Books
$ 702
$ 702
$ 702
$ 702
Course Fees
$ 233
$ 233
$ 233
$ 233
Institutional Fees
$ 448
$ 448
$ 448
$ 448
Total Costs
$ 7,364
$ 8,945
$ 15,274
$ 6,083

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

  • Cameron Douglass-Parkin
    Cameron Douglass-Parkin
    Mech Engineering Techno
    Certificate, Green River College; A.A., South Puget Sound Community College; B.S., Evergreen State College; A.A., Spokane Community College, A.A. Spokane Community College
    C.Douglass-Parkin@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-7129
  • Jerry Murray
    Jerry Murray
    Mech Engineering Techno
    A.A., College of the Redwoods; B.S., Humboldt State University; M.S., Utah State University
    Jerry.Murray@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-7130

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