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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies - AAS


Career Area: Engineering, Manufacturing & Trades
Program: Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies
Campus(es): Online

MSC Southeast's 100% online CAD program attracts students from all around the world.

Complex products all start with a plan. By receiving a degree from Minnesota State College Southeast’s online CAD drafting program, you will learn how to translate ideas at the product conception stage into physical work plans that launch the design process. As a CAD designer, you will be an essential part of any technical team.

The two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies will prepare you for employment with 16 credits of general education in communications, math, the humanities, and physics plus 44 credits of technical education.

Employment opportunities in the CAD drafting field abound, and a degree from MSC Southeast’s online CAD drafting program will prepare you with the specific skills employers are looking for. Solidworks, Inventor, Google SketchUP, Autocad - they’re all here, and you’ll learn how to apply these industry-standard software programs on a project basis just as you will on the job.

Our highly experienced CAD drafting faculty will teach you the tools of the trade so that you can be successful in your career on day one. And with their industry connections, MSC Southeast instructors will help you find an internship to gain invaluable real-world experience.

Best Colleges Online SealHave a busy schedule or just like to work at your own pace? MSC Southeast’s online CAD drafting program is flexible enough to accommodate your busy lifestyle, but rigorous enough to ensure you develop the skills employers demand. Take the next step to achieve an online CAD degree, and put a new career in motion - apply today!

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Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies at MSC Southeast has been recognized by BestColleges.net as the nation's #4 Best Online Computer Aided Drafting Associate Degree in 2019.

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Cluster/Pathway
Career Field: Engineering, Manufacturing & Technology
Cluster: Manufacturing
Pathway: Manufacturing Production Process Development
Recommended high school classes and basic job/program skills

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Courses

1) Must complete a minimum of 3 different MnTC goals in Liberal Arts and Sciences

2) 1100 or higher Liberal Arts and Sciences courses required unless specified


GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Goal 4: Mathematics
Choose one Goal 4 course
3 cr
3 cr
PHYS1215
College Physics I
This non-calculus based course introduces the basic principles of physics through applications, problems, and experiments. Newtonian motion and conservation laws for linear and circular motion will be covered including speed, velocity, and acceleration for linear and projectile motion. Oscillatory motion will be covered including mechanical, light, sound and energy waves. Thermodynamics will be introduced including the first and second law of thermodynamics. (Meets MnTC Goal 3) (Prerequisite: A minimum score of 22 in the math subject area of the ACT test or successful completion of MATH1025 Algebra) (4 credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
 
16 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives)
Choose one or more Technical electives.
8 cr
MDAD1204
Autocad
AutoCAD is the most common computer aided drafting software. This course will cover AutoCAD functions as used in engineering drawing. Basic and advanced commands will be used to complete assignments. An introduction to 3-D CAD will be included. (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
MDAD1206
Geometric Tolerances
This course covers the application and implementation of Geometric Tolerancing ASME Y14.5M-1994. Topics include: fundamentals, form, orientation, runout, datums, location, and position tolerances. The course will follow the text. (Prerequisite: MDAD1250 or instructor approval) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
MDAD1216
Mechanisms
This course is an exploration of the inner workings of machines, namely mechanisms. This includes cams, linkages, belt and chain drives, gears, bearings and speed reducers. Also included will be a section on fluid power. (Prerequisites: MDAD1204 and MDAD1250, or MDAD1241 and MDAD1250, or MDAD1250 and MDAD1252) (Concurrent: MDAD 1241 if not already taken) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
MDAD1241
Solidworks
This course covers the fundamentals of Solidworks parametric drawing and design. The student will use Solidworks to create 3D parametric models as well as use these models to create engineering drawings and documentation. (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
MDAD1250
Print Reading for CAD Design
This is essentially a blueprint reading course that focuses on drafting essentials. Content will include 2d view projection, line types, dimensions, tolerances, sections, auxiliary views, and all the other basics required to understand a basic engineering drawing. This course lays the building blocks for the remainder of the Drafting and Design courses. Special Note: The student will be required to either scan and send in assignment sheets or send them through the mail to arrive on or prior to the posted due dates. (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
MDAD1251
Manufacturing Processes for CAD Design
This course covers manufacturing methods and materials. It includes plastics, steels, machining, casting, molding, material selections, etc. This course also covers material handling, JIT, inventory reductions, etc. Attention will be given to understanding the characteristics of manufacturing processes and systems. This will help the student in fitting into today's and tomorrow's manufacturing climate. (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
MDAD1252
Working Drawings 1 for CAD Design
This course will provide the student with a solid understanding of what is required of industrial technical drawings. This course covers assemblies, sectioning, machine parts, tolerancing, sheet metal developments, fasteners, and weldments. Special note: The student is required to purchase a student version of Solidworks, Inventor, or equivalent 3d software. (Prerequisites: MDAD1204 and MDAD1250, or MDAD1241 and MDAD1250, or MDAD1255 and MDAD1250.) Concurrent enrollment in MDAD1241 Solidworks is required if Solidworks has not been completed.) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
MDAD1253
Working Drawings 2 for CAD Design
The course will provide the student with a more advanced understanding of what is required of mechanical technical drawings. It is a project related course that will enhance skills gained in Working Drawings I. The projects will be diverse ranging from tool drawings to production assemblies. Special note: The student is required to purchase a student version of Solidworks, Inventor, or equivalent 3 d software. (Prerequisites: MDAD1252) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
MDAD1254
Mold Design for CAD Design
The course will provide the student with a basic knowledge of mold design. This course covers the use of 3d parametric software to create plastic injection molds. The student will create two molds. Special note: The student is required to purchase a student version of Solidworks, Inventor, or equivalent 3d software. (Prerequisites: MDAD1252) (3 credits: 3 credits/0 lab)

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3 cr
MDAD1255
CAD Drawing Using Free Software
This course will cover CAD functions used by professionals, as well as those with no experience, in the CAD drafting field. Using a hands-on approach with scanned photos, students will recreate them in a 3D environment using Google Sketchup or similar free software available from the internet. (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
MDAD1256
Design Project 1 for CAD Design
This course is a design class that will focus on the design process. The student will gain confidence in his or her ability to apply sound product design parameters based on design considerations. A holistic approach will be used to incorporate the many functions of a designer in a company. The content goals of the course will change with the individual student's design. The course can be taken in conjunction with Design Project II or alone. (Prerequisite: MDAD1253) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
MDAD1257
Design Project 2 for CAD Design
This course is a design class that will focus on the design process. It can be an extension of Design Project I or it can be taken as a separate Design Project class. The student will gain confidence in his or her ability to apply sound product design paraments based on design considerations. A holistic approach will be used to incorporate the many functions of a designer in a company. The content goals of the course will change with the individual student's design. (Prerequisites: MDAD1253) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
 
44 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 60 Credits


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$13,175
Minimum Tool Cost:$50
Books/Supplies:$1,800
Estimated Total:$15,025
 

 


Career Opportunities

  • Mechanical Designers
  • Plant Designers
  • Mechanical Drafters
  • CAD Technicians

Career Information

Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:
  1. Complete industry standard assembly drawings using 2d and 3d CAD.
  2. Complete industry standard part drawings using 2d and 3d CAD.
  3. Calculate mating part conditions to guarantee part fits.
  4. Define and apply proper design materials.
  5. Define and apply proper standard part vendors.
  6. Communicate verbally and in written forms.

Highlights

  • Courses are taught using state of the art CAD 3D Parametric software
  • Excellent training for self-starters
  • CAD Drafters/Designers are in constant demand
  • The courses are focused on developing your skills for employment
  • Instructors are licensed because of their experience in the drafting and design field
  • Excellent placement
  • Online CAD degree in two short years or less.

Instructors

  • Jim Ziegler and Celeste Pronchinske combine for over thirty years of field and teaching experience in drafting and design.

 

 

 
 

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