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CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) Technology Overview


CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) Technology

Career/Program Overview

RCTC’s Computer Aided Drafting Technology (CAD) major is designed to prepare students for a technical career using Computer Aided Drafting tools and techniques.  CAD drafters turn concepts, ideas, and rough sketches into mechanical prints then “prototypes” or finished parts can be fabricated, designed or repaired.  The curriculum primarily covers the mechanical disciplines of drafting and design.  The CAD courses are taught in state-of-the-art facilities featuring the latest release of SolidWorks. 

Curriculum-at-a-Glance

Depending on the program/degree option selected, coursework may include: 3D CAD, Engineering Drafting Technical Drafting, Technical Illustration, Manufacturing Materials and Processes I and II, Basic and Advanced Dimensioning, Machine Design, Product Design, Welding Technology, Reverse Engineering & Rapid Prototyping, and Working Drawings & Design.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers two different program/degree options in CAD.  RCTC offers a 68 credit diploma and a 72 credit Associate in Applied Science degree in CAD Technology. 

The CAD Technology Associate in Applied Science and diploma majors will receive CAD training in a state of the art facility featuring the latest release of SolidWorks.  If you are mechanically inclined and like taking things apart or figuring out how things work, this is the career for you.  CAD drafters turn concepts, ideas, and rough sketches into mechanical prints then “prototypes” or finished parts can be fabricated, designed or repaired.  CAD majors have the opportunity to create hands-on projects in our prototype lab.  Employment opportunities exist in large and small industries.  Graduates can advance into positions such as designers, associate engineers, inspectors, supervisors, sales, and purchasing personnel. The curriculum primarily covers the mechanical disciplines of drafting and design.

Program Start Date(s)

Students can start coursework for the CAD Associate in Applied Science degree and diploma degree in fall or spring semesters.  Fall semester is preferred.  

Career Opportunities/Information

According to the Occupational Employment Statistics in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wages of mechanical drafters (17-3013) in the United States is $23.65 per hour.  In Minnesota the median hourly wage for mechanical drafters is $24.52.  In Southeastern Minnesota, mechanical drafters can anticipate a median hourly wage of $21.99.

Gainful Employment Programs

Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”

RCTC gainful employment information for CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) Technology Diploma:

http://www.mnscu.edu/admissions/ge/rochester/002373-15.1302/gedt-002373-15.1302.htm

Accreditations/Articulations

Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/cadtech
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Last Updated: July 2, 2014

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