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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2010-2011 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology

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Bedford Campus - Day        Starts Fall Semester

Program Description:

The Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology Certificate program (Day Option) is a 24-credit, computer-based curriculum designed to develop CAD operators and CAD designers skilled in using 2-D and 3-D software tools. The program provides interactive learning on state-of-the-art software packages in the principal areas of mechanical design through solid modeling and printed circuit board design. The student will have an option of taking a course in Printed Circuit Design, Architectural CAD, Information Technology or Computer Science.

Career and Transfer Outlook:

Graduates of the program work in various industries with departments in mechanical design or manufacturing. Some of the positions that MCC graduates have held are mechanical designer and mechanical engineering technician. Graduates of the certificate program may apply most or all of their credits toward an associate degree in Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology.

Helpful Hints:

The program should be started in the fall semester. Students who intend to finish within a year should enroll in Mechanical Drafting I (CAD 101), Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD 115), Printed Circuit Design (CAD 129) and Microcomputer Applications (CAP 101) in the first semester. Students must work with a faculty advisor to determine the courses to take during the spring semester.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the CAD Technology Certificate program are prepared 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 circuit boards;
  • 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.


Total Credits: 24

**Must be CAP 155 or higher

Special Requirements: For the Certificate in Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology, a total of 24 credits and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 are required for graduation.

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