Computer-Aided Design Technology
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, 3D scanner, 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 Companies Hire CAD Tech Students?
Some of the local companies that hire DMACC CAD Tech Students include:
- Cox Communications
- Cox Sheet Metal
- Des Moines Water Works
- DPT Mechanical
- Eagle Iron Works McLanahan Co
- Emerson Process Management
- Exotic Electro-Optics
- John Deere
- Kline Tool
- LDJ Manufacturing Inc
- Marel Townsend
- Prairie Engineering
- Sauer Danfoss
- Titan Tire Corporation
- Todd and Sargent
- Ambassador Steel/Harris rebar
What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?
- Computer-Aided Design and Drafting is projected as a growth field throughout 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 AAS: $50,000-$60,000 per year.
Recommended High School Courses
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
- Principles of Technology
- Computer Science
- Industrial Arts
- Office Procedures