Computer Aided Design Technology-AAS

Calling those with a passion for drawing, an eye for detail, and the ability to solve problems! We've found the place for you right here.

Drawing and designing are up your alley, plus you’ve got an eye for detail and enjoy problem-solving. CAD is where you belong.

Program available on West Burlington campus.

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
CAD-101 INTRODUCTION TO CAD 3
CSC-110 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS 3
DRF-113 FUNDAMENTALS OF TECHNICAL DRAFTING 3
MFG-212 BASIC MACHINE THEORY 3
Take either MAT-120 and MAT-134 or MAT-704:
MAT-120 COLLEGE ALGEBRA 3
MAT-134 TRIGONOMETRY AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY 3
MAT-704 MATH APPLICATIONS 5
TOTAL 17-18
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
CAD-277 3-D DIMENSIONAL (3-D) MODELING I 3
SOC-114 CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE 3
Take 1 of these courses:
ENG-105 COMPOSITION I 3
ENG-111 TECHNICAL WRITING (online) 3
Take 1 of these courses:
SPC-101 FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION 3
SPC-112 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3
Take 1 of these courses:
PHY-106 SURVEY OF PHYSICS 4
PHY-160 GENERAL PHYSICS I 5
TOTAL 16-17
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
ARC-113 ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING I 4
MFG-206 MANUFACTURING PROCESSES I 3
SDV-125 WORKPLACE READINESS 1
Take 1 of these courses:
CAD-140 PARAMETRIC SOLID MODELING (ONLINE) 3
EGT-400 PLTW-INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN 3
Take 1 of these courses:
ANI-101 ANIMATION SOFTWARE I 3
CON-270 MECHANICAL SYSTEMS 3
NET-122 COMPUTER HARDWARE BASICS 3
TOTAL 14
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
ARC-129 RESIDENTIAL/LIGHT COMMERCIAL DRAFTING 4
CAD-230 GEOMETRIC DIMENSIONING/TOLERANCING 2
CAD-248 PARAMETRIC CAD II 3
MFG-511 LEAN QUALITY MANUFACTURING 4
TOTAL 13

CAD-101 - INTRODUCTION TO CAD

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

An introduction to computer aided design and drafting. Actual hands-on experience in designing, drawing, and dimensioning using CAD micro-based CAD software. The course presents logical step-by-step instruction about the CAD commands, mode settings, drawing aids, shortcuts and other valuable characteristics of CAD. Finished copies of the students’ work will be made on a printer or plotter.

CSC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an introduction to computer concepts. The student will use the Windows operating system, presentation software, electronic spreadsheet software, database management software and word processing software. Microcomputer hardware and software as well as the processing concepts associated with each will be discussed. The course will also include information on file management, the Internet, virus protection, and e-mail basics as applicable to the academic world as well as the business environment. Lab time outside class is required to complete projects.

DRF-113 - FUNDAMENTALS OF TECHNICAL DRAFTING

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

Fundamentals of drawing techniques conveyed using free hand sketching. Emphasis is placed on the ability to visualize in three dimensions, neatness, accuracy, legibility, speed and use of computer graphics in the solution of graphic problems.

MFG-212 - BASIC MACHINE THEORY

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

Introduction to basic machining processes involving drill press, lathe, mills, drills, saws, bench tools, measuring tools, and grinders. Classes will cover safety, tooling, metal removal methods, and different various pieces of equipment.

MAT-120 - COLLEGE ALGEBRA

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is a study of rational, exponential, logarithmic, and polynomial functions and relations, their graphs and related equalities.  The study of the curricular functions, graphs, and applications is included.  This course may be taken concurrently with MAT-134.  Prerequisites: MAT-092 or MAT-099 with a minimum grade of C-, or meets minimum placement testing requirements.

MAT-134 - TRIGONOMETRY AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

The student will study degree and radian angles; apply basic geometric and trigonometric concepts to solve triangles; apply and graph trigonometric functions and their inverses to solve applied problems; verify trigonometric identities; convert paired data between rectangular and polar notation systems; apply math operations on vectors and complex numbers; graph polar equations; and analyze/graph elliptic, hyperbolic, and other conic equations.

MAT-704 - MATH APPLICATIONS

Lecture: 5

Credit: 5

This course is offered to technical and other students who can profit from an applied course in mathematics. It is designed as an intermediate level algebra course recommended for students with at least one year of high school algebra. Emphasis is on the application of mathematical techniques. Students will study the relationship of geometry and algebra as they apply to electronics and mechanical technology problems. Algebraic manipulation of formulas, equations, radicals, exponents, logarithms, polynomials, rational expressions, systems of linear equations, plane trigonometry, vectors, and graphs of equations are studied. Prerequisite: MAT-062 or MAT-702 or meet minimum placement test score requirement.

CAD-277 - 3-D DIMENSIONAL (3-D) MODELING I

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course teaches parametric solid model CAD basics. Three-dimensional parametric concepts with design intent and solid CAD models will be built and edited. This course builds on previous basic drafting skills and focuses on using parametric solid modeling design software to develop technical drawings. Topics include patterns of features, editing, adding dimensions and creating simple assemblies. Prerequisite: CAD-101.

SOC-114 - CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace will study conflict resolution theories and applications in the workplace. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own effective interpersonal conflict resolution skills as well as skills needed to help employees resolve their conflicts with one another and the skills needed to negotiate contracts. Students will also be introduced to theories and skills needed to apply culturally sensitive principles to conflict resolution.

ENG-105 - COMPOSITION I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics, and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process, and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

ENG-111 - TECHNICAL WRITING (online)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Studies the rhetorical techniques specifically oriented to industrial requirements. Applies expository patterns as incorporated within the report apparatus, including such specialized formats as process analysis, progress/ lab reports, feasibility study, and the proposal. Also includes correspondence and application of basic library research skills. Course designed to satisfy specified career program requirements. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

SPC-101 - FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Explores communication in a variety of contexts including interpersonal relationships, the workplace, small groups, and public speaking. Emphasis on the application and practice of communication theories and skills, particularly public speaking.

SPC-112 - PUBLIC SPEAKING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis.

PHY-106 - SURVEY OF PHYSICS

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

This class is designed as an introduction to the basic concepts of physics. Measurement, the scientific method, motion, forces, work and energy, simple machines, temperature and heat plus electricity and magnetism will be covered. Lab will be an integral part with activities augmenting the lecture concepts.

PHY-160 - GENERAL PHYSICS I

Lecture: 4

Lab: 2

Credit: 5

This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of physics for those who need physics but do not need the rigor of a calculus-based physics course. The topics covered will include motion, force, energy, work, power, torque, linear momentum, rotational motion, angular momentum and selected topics from thermodynamics. The conservation laws will be stressed. Topics in modern physics are covered as time permits. Solving practical problems will be a major emphasis. Prerequisite: MAT-704.

ARC-113 - ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING I

Lecture: 2

Lab: 4

Credit: 4

A course designed to provide a knowledge of residential house construction and house plans. The students are required to draw architectural plans that include foundations, floor plans, electrical plans, elevations, details and perspectives. Prerequisites: CAD-101.

MFG-206 - MANUFACTURING PROCESSES I

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

Basic course in measurements related to manufacturing, material removal, hard mold casting, powder metallurgy, plastics and rubber, material shearing, material forming, the use and manufacture of screw threads, abrasive removal methods, automation and introduction to numerical control. Lab sections demonstrate and give hands-on experiences in reading simple blue prints, layout, measurements and machining on tool room quality machine tools. Prerequisite: MAT-702.

SDV-125 - WORKPLACE READINESS

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course is designed to assist students in obtaining and maintaining employment. Topics include making career decisions, using labor market information, developing a portfolio and demonstrating positive attitudes and behaviors in the workplace.

CAD-140 - PARAMETRIC SOLID MODELING (ONLINE)

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course covers the basics of creating parts, modeling utilities, creating engineering drawings, and creating assemblies using solid modeling software. Prerequisities: CAD-101 and CAD-277.

EGT-400 - PLTW-INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course uses a design development process while enriching technical and engineering problem-solving skills; students create and analyze models using specialized computer software (AutoCAD Inventor).

ANI-101 - ANIMATION SOFTWARE I

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course will introduce students to basic computer use and to the basic processes used in animation. Students will use industry standard software to develop art assets and will be exposed to topics such as 3D modeling and sculpting, basic rigging and skinning, animation, materials and lighting and texture mapping.

CON-270 - MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

A course designed to introduce students to the requirements of residential and light commercial plumbing, heating, and ventilation systems. Emphasis will be placed on local and national code requirements. Study will include the building requirements to receive each system, determining the size of system components and the theory of size calculations. Hands-on experience will include such activities as working with DWV piping, water supply piping, plumbing fixtures, heat and vent ducting, heating controls, and ventilation components.

NET-122 - COMPUTER HARDWARE BASICS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is designed to improve the student's understanding of computer hardware and peripherals. The student shall gain an ability to determine the source of elementary equipment problems and the ability to isolate problems relating to software and hardware. Through hands-on labs, the student will obtain and demonstrate knowledge of installation, configuration, and repair.

ARC-129 - RESIDENTIAL/LIGHT COMMERCIAL DRAFTING

Lecture: 2

Lab: 4

Credit: 4

Designing and drawing a complete set of plans, including specifications, calculations, and rendering for multi-family or similar two story buildings. Emphasis will also be placed on designing an energy-efficient structure. Prerequisite: ARC-113.

CAD-230 - GEOMETRIC DIMENSIONING/TOLERANCING

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

A course designed to acquaint students with the standards (ANSI Y14.5M) for Geometrical Dimensioning and Tolerancing, which is required for all government related drawings and manufactured products. Prerequisite: DRF-113, CAD-172 .

CAD-248 - PARAMETRIC CAD II

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

A continuation of computer aided design (CAD) using SolidWorks software. The student will learn to create and print parametric solids as well as how to use SolidWorks to analyze objects. Prerequisite: CAD-180.

MFG-511 - LEAN QUALITY MANUFACTURING

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

This course introduces the student to the basic principles of lean manufacturing and quality control inspection tools.

Jonathan Gaddis - Associate Professor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5258

Email: jgaddis@scciowa.edu
AAS, Southeastern Community College
BA, Iowa Wesleyn College
MBA, St. Ambrose University

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