Associate in Science
Bedford Campus - Day, Starts Fall Semester Only
The Engineering Technology-CAD Associate in Science degree program provides a solid foundation in mechanical design and drawing. The CAD labs at Middlesex are equipped with powerful workstations that complement the popular AutoCAD, Inventor and SolidWorks software for mechanical courses, Architectural Desktop and Revit for architectural courses, and PADS-PCB for printed circuit board design courses. Students create drawings in 2-D and 3-D, generate solid models and explore animation techniques, all skills sought in the fast-growing, high-salaried field of computer aided design. Graphics techniques and microcomputer systems, database, spreadsheet and word processing are interrelated. As a result, students gain versatility in various areas of CAD, in addition to technical proficiency.
Career and Transfer Outlook:
Graduates of the program are qualified to pursue jobs in several Engineering CAD career fields, especially mechanical and printed circuit board design.
Graduates work in various industries with departments in mechanical design, printed circuit design, manufacturing or architectural design. Some of the positions that MCC graduates have held are mechanical designer, mechanical engineering technician, and printed circuit designer. Many graduates of the Engineering Technology-CAD associate degree program have continued their studies toward a bachelor’s degree in engineering or engineering technology.
The program should be started in the fall semester. Students who intend to finish within two years should enroll in Engineering Graphics I (CAD 110), Solid Modeling I (CAD 169), Computer Applications (CAP 101) and an approved elective in the first semester. Students must work with a faculty advisor to determine the courses to take during the spring semester. Students are advised to fulfill their math requirement as early as possible.
Some CAD courses are part of the Massachusetts Vocational Articulation agreements.
Graduates of the Engineering Technology-CAD program will be able to:
- Demonstrate proficiency in advanced CAD skills by creating complex drawings using wire-frame and solid modeling techniques, manipulating analytic and non-
analytic surfaces, analyzing drawing data, and developing customizing techniques;
- Demonstrate proficiency in applying selected software packages used in the electronics-related industries for drawing schematics and designing multilayered printed
- Apply related academic skills (from mathematics, e.g.) to resolve drafting and design problems;
- Extrapolate information, data and specifications from technical resources and standards for application on drawings, projects and reports;
- Collaborate and cooperate in a team setting to enhance cognitive and social learning by sharing in a CAD engineering environment;
- Apply knowledge of CAD technology and engineering design to solve design problems.