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CAD: Mechanical Design AAS Degree

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) is the process of creating 3D Virtual Models of components and assemblies, and 2D drawings that fully describe the product.  The Mechanical Designer, while using a wide variety of CAD software, develops the product and creates drawings following standardized practices through International and company related standards.  This program provides learning opportunities in multiple CAD software packages, drawing creation following ASME standards, tool and machine design, dimension & tolerance per the ASME Y14.5 standard and introduction to part creation through Manufacturing.   Graduates can find employment in design and engineering related activities, in the areas of transportation, aerospace, medical technology, power transmission and defense.

Students who satisfactorily complete all college and program requirements qualify for an associate in applied science degree.

Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.

Schoolcraft program code #AAS.00258
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Sample Plan

First Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 14-17 

First Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 15

First Year - Spring/Summer Session 

Total Credits: 6 

Second Year – Fall Semester  

Total Credits: 14

Second Year - Winter Semester 

Total Credits: 15-16 


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Learn more about Credit Hours, Course Load, Study Expectations and more in the student handbook.