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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
2017-2018 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer-Aided Design Technology, AAS

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Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technology prepares students for a career in a variety of design and drafting disciplines. The CAD technology student will be exposed to and operate different CAD software packages and related equipment. Students will learn how to create CAD models and drawings to meet international and U.S. customary design and drafting standards.

Students can obtain a one-year diploma or a two-year Associate degree in CAD technology. Students enrolled in the one-year diploma will be taught basic drafting and CAD practices with emphasis on entry-level drafting job skills. Students enrolled in the Associate degree program will complete the first-year diploma requirements and in the second year apply advanced CAD software operations including three-dimensional parametric (solid) modeling, model/assembly analysis and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Associate degree students will also be taught a variety of specialized design and drafting standards that are used in several different industries.

Engineering and manufacturing design and drafting, render and animate assemblies, technical publishing and independent CAD contracting are areas where Computer-Aided Design Technology program graduates may find employment.

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Program Details

Location: Ankeny

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Students start Fall semester

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session. 
  4. Successful completion of CSC 105 - Computer Essentials  or equivalent or approval of the program counselor.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Computer-Aided Design Technology diploma or AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Requirements for the Diploma

Semester 1

Required Courses

Option 1 - Select 1 course

  • Credits: 3
  • Any AAS degree core Math course   Credits: 3
  • Note: Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should check with that institution and a DMACC advisor regarding requirements for math and humanities before selecting courses for this program.

Option 2 - Select 1 Course

Semester 2

Required Courses

Option 3 - Select 1 Course

Total Credits Required to Complete the Diploma - 40

Requirements for the AAS Degree

Semester 4

Required Courses

Option 4 - Select 1 Course

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree - 70*

*Program total credits do not include 1 entry requirement credit.

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$151.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
Books (approximate) 510 158 248 248 210
Supplies/Equipment   55        

Approximate total for the program: $11,719**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Prepare a variety of product engineering models and drawings, including detail drawings, assembly drawings, and layout drawings in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional realms. Prepare three-dimensional prints (prototypes).
  • Design new products or modify existing products.
  • Identify industry standards (ASME/ANSI, ISO, etc.). Work with industry codes.
  • Operate computers, printers, and rapid-prototyping equipment, and use a variety of CAD and computer software.
  • Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) software to create models, assemblies, drawings and analyze models.
  • Students gain practical experience that is applicable to design and drafting, through field trips and exposure to manufacturing processes.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Visualize in two and three dimensions.
  • Self-motivation to start a project and self-discipline to carry it out.
  • Adapt to various CAD software, drafting systems and work environments.
  • Understand and work in an engineering office.
  • Learn to apply math skills up through trigonometry.
  • Visualize parts separately and how they fit together.
  • Willingness to learn and use your imagination.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Computer-Aided Design and Drafting is projected as a growth field through the year 2015 and beyond.
  • Computer experience is now a minimum requirement for many occupations.
  • Graduates with minimal experience can start their own business with little capital investment.
  • Average starting salary-A.A.S. degree $33,977 (2013-2014 Placement Report)

Nondiscrimination Statement

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6857,  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6574,  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2017)

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