Computer Aided Design and Drafting

School of Business and Technology

Dean: Mink Stavenga, DBA

Department Chair: Marie Vicario, M.S., M.P.H.

Office: 470K, (619) 482-6582

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Designed to provide students with the skills and technical knowledge requested by employers using Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) in a variety of disciplines. This program focuses on the development of CADD skills and problem-solving strategies in the development of two- and three-dimensional models. Additional engineering options allow students to acquire advanced CADD skills in areas of special interest.

The CADD technology associate in science degree prepares the student for various job opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines. There is an increasing demand for competent engineering technicians knowledgeable in the use and application of CADD software. Students planning to enroll in a four-year college engineering program will benefit greatly by developing CADD skills used in most engineering departments.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the computer aided design major. Some require a certificate of achievement and most require an associate in science degree: mechanical, aeronautical, structural, and civil engineering. New areas of use can be found in animation, simulation, and theatrical departments. While drafting boards are still in use, a large number of companies have integrated drafting boards with monitors and computers, requiring that today’s engineers, designers, and draftsmen possess both essential drafting and CADD competencies.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Science Degree: Career/Technical
Computer Aided Design and Drafting A2571
Design Technology A2572
Certificates of Achievement
Computer Aided Design and Drafting---Advanced A2576
Design Technology A2577
Certificate of Proficiency
Computer Aided Design and Drafting - Basic 02569

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

CAD 220

INTRO TO CAD/CAM SYSTEMS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $2

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the field of computer aided design and drafting (CADD). Provides an overview of the use of personal computers in the development of drawings for engineering-related fields. [D; CSU; UC] (Formerly: ENGR 220)

CAD 222

CAD MECHANICAL DESIGN I

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $2

Recommended Preparation: CAD 220 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces solid modeling using 3D mechanical design software. Covers feature-based design, parametric relationships, and design intent. Emphasizes part modeling using sketches, constraints, dimensions, and the model history tree. Additional topics include part drawings, assembly modeling, basic motion, and stress analysis. [D; CSU] (Formerly: ENGR 222)

CAD 223

CAD DETAILING AND DIMENSIONING

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $2

Prerequisite: CAD 222 or CAD 230 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Constructs a set of completed working drawings. Includes advanced dimensioning functions, geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing (ANSI Y 14.5), and view development from three-dimensional models. [D; CSU] (Formerly: ENGR 223)

CAD 224

CAD MECHANICAL DESIGN II

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $5

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: CAD 223 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces system and part design with an emphasis on organization and development of design projects. [D; CSU] (Formerly: ENGR 224)

CAD 228

CAD ADVANCED SURFACE DESIGN

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $2

Recommended Preparation: CAD 220 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces freeform 3D modeling. Covers drawing and editing of curves and surfaces. Includes techniques of building surfaces from curves. Explores curvature and continuity concepts. Covers creating solids from multiple surfaces. Includes methods of curve and surface evaluation. [D; CSU] (Formerly: ENGR 228)

CAD 230

INTRODUCTION TO SOLIDWORKS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: CAD 222 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces students to solid modeling using Solidworks software. Provides strategies in the construction and analysis of solid parts and related drawings and assemblies. [D; CSU]

CAD 272

SOLID MODELING II

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $2

Recommended Preparation: ENGR 110 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Applies basic solid modeling skills using Creo. Covers techniques of parametric part design. Explores use of dimensions and constraints within the sketcher. Includes creation of part and assembly drawings. Covers use of patterns and family tables. [D; CSU] (Formerly: CAD 284;ENGR 284)

CAD 276

TECHNICAL COMPUTER IMAGING AND ANIMATION I

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $2

Recommended Preparation: ART 192 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces 3ds Max and development of 3D models and scenes for use in architectural, engineering, film production, game development, and product marketing fields. Covers polygon modeling and the Graphite Modeling Tools. Explores creation of materials using the Slate Material Editor. Includes lighting design and rendering. [D; CSU] (Formerly: CAD 288;ENGR 288)

CAD 277

TECHNICAL COMPUTER IMAGING AND ANIMATION II

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $2

Recommended Preparation: CAD 276 or equivalent; CIS 125 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces 3D animation using 3ds max for architectural, engineering, film production, game development, multimedia, and product marketing fields. Explores key frame animation techniques, motion paths, animation controllers, and building of object hierarchies. Covers output of animation sequences in multiple formats. [D; CSU] (Formerly: CAD 289)

CAD 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of computer aided design of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU]