Graduates from this program are prepared to enter the industry as product designers, drafters, CAD/CAM technicians, quality inspectors and tool designers. The course of study includes: print reading; machine tool applications; measurement and materials; job planning and layout; CAD/ CAM software; solid modeling; finite element analysis; transmission of power; and 3D prototyping.
Students spend a significant amount of time in the machine shop and metrology lab gaining hands-on manufacturing skills to help them understand the realities of 21st century manufacturing. Students obtain Certified Solidworks Associate (CSWA) certification as part of their course of study. Arts & Sciences curriculum supports the technical coursework by enhancing the students’ communication, mathematics and critical thinking skills.
Degree Information: Graduates earn an associate of Applied Science degree; the program takes two years (four semesters) to complete.
Common Job Titles
Designer; Drafter; Project Engineer
Graco; Medtronic; MTS
National Median Salary
SOURCE: Based on the 2012-2013 Edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, www.bls.gov