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2023-2024 Catalog 
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Computer-Aided Drafting Technology A.A.S. (A50150)

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Program Description

The Computer-Aided Drafting Technology curriculum prepares students to apply technical skills and advanced computer software and hardware to develop plans and related documentation, and manage the hardware and software of a CAD system. Includes instruction in architectural drafting (2D and 3D), computer-aided drafting and design (CADD), creating and managing two- and three-dimensional models, solid modeling, 3D printing, linking CAD documents to other software applications, and operating systems as well as truss design, statics, machine design, CNC programming and milling, fluid mechanics and design processes. 

This curriculum is designed to prepare students through the study and application of principles from mathematics, natural sciences, and technology and applied processes based on these subjects. Course work includes mathematics, natural sciences, engineering sciences and technology.

Graduates should qualify to obtain occupations such as technical service providers, engineering technicians and should qualify for CAD jobs in architectural and engineering consulting firms and industrial design businesses.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate drafting standards and best practices on fabrication drawing.
  • Demonstrate proper use of drafting equipment during drawing development.
  • Develop construction/fabrication drawings using CAD software.
  • Develop fabrication assembly, exploded assembly, parts and working drawings using modeling software.
  • Organize and maintain/manage computer files.
  • Produce prototype part on 3D printers and assess, adjust design, and repeat until correct part is produced.
  • Perform computer-based analysis using solid modeling software and print a report of the analysis.
  • Calculate forces and loads on design components using mathematical analysis.

Articulation Agreements

  • East Carolina State University 2+2 Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (BSIT) Transfer Program is a degree completion curriculum designed for students who have been awarded a qualified Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in an industrial or technical related field.

The courses completed in the qualified technical AAS degree provide the foundation and half of the courses required in the major for the Industrial Technology degree. This BS degree program has the flexibility to allow students to tailor a curriculum to their specific career goals.


Entering or returning students may be required to take placement tests for math and English prior to enrolling; testing is done in Student Success by appointment. Students may be required to take one or more developmental English or Math courses prior to the required course(s), depending upon their SAT, ACT, COMPASS or ASSET test scores.

Transfer Options

The Computer Aided Drafting Technology program was established as a stand-alone curriculum. Any student who has an interest in transferring to a university should make their advisor aware of this intension. There are substitute course options students should take to better facilitate the transfer. Candidate universities presently include UNC-Charlotte, East Carolina University and NC A&T. Other transfer option agreements may be under development. Students are encouraged to consult with advisors directly on this matter.

**Students who plan to transfer in pursuit of a 4-year degree should also consult transfer guide.

Extra-curricular Certifications

SOLIDWORKS certifications can be used as a benchmark to measure your knowledge and competency with SOLIDWORKS software.

There are 19 industrially recognized certifications available for students to obtain. These include CSWE-Mechanical Design, CSWE-Simulation, CSWA-Mechanical Design, CSWP-Mechanical Design, Platform Explorer Associate, CPPA, CSWP-MBD, CSWP-CAM, CSWA-Additive Manufacturing, CSWA-Electrical, CSWA-Sustainability, CSWA-Simulation, CSWP-Simulation, CSWPA-Sheet Metal, CSWPA-Weldments, CSWPA-Surfacing, CSWPA-Mold Making, CSWPA-Drawing Tools, CDWA-Drive Works Express

Technical Standards

Students enrolling in the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical and cognitive standards. This information is found in the Student Success office.

Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.

First Year

Fall 1st Semester

Semester Total: 26 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 16 Credit Hour(s)

Spring 2nd Semester

Semester Total: 24 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 16 Credit Hour(s)

Summer 3rd Semester

Semester Total: 10 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 7 Credit Hour(s)

Second Year

Fall 4th Semester

Semester Total: 26 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 17 Credit Hour(s)

Spring 5th Semester

Semester Total: 25-33 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 15-17 Credit Hour(s)

Total: 111-119 Contact Hour(s)

Total: 71-73 Credit Hour(s)

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