Computer Aided Drafting/Design Technology

Computer Aided Drafting/Design Technology

Every high school graduate has an opportunity for a rewarding and progressive Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) career. The curriculum has been designed to accommodate individuals who are high school graduates or equivalent and who have a desire to become part of the CADD profession in the challenging field of technology.

The first two semesters are designed to provide entry-level courses in keeping with the New York State Education Department requirements toward an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology. In the last two semesters, students are guided into a concentrated field of computer-aided design including a variety of different 3D software packages. The overall program provides the student with a broad assortment of different drawing experiences in diverse areas of study. Upon completion of this broad and comprehensive training in CADD, the student will be qualified to accept job opportunities in support of engineers and designers.

Graduates will be able to assume positions as designers or CADD operators working with and supporting engineers and engineering departments.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design, the graduate will be able to:

  • draw, dimension and interpret basic mechanical working drawings;
  • prepare accurate and concise technical reports;
  • demonstrate with explanation the metallurgical properties of materials, including plastics, be familiar with manufacturing processes and machine tools and have an awareness of product safety and reliability;
  • develop technical illustrations;
  • develop working drawings from engineering flow sheets and utilize standard piping symbols;
  • perform basic engineering calculation;
  • apply geometric tolerancing and true positioning to a drawing using the current ANSI Code Y-14.5;
  • demonstrate skills to design, draw and interpret basic wood frame construction;
  • draw, dimension and interpret structural detailing;
  • describe and construct an electrical/electronic drawing using standard symbols;
  • be able to research, interpret and present technical information;
  • demonstrate with explanation the basic operation of CADD and using commands, create two dimensional working drawings; and 
  • analyze with explanation the industrial working environment as it relates to management structure, work ethics and safety.


Total Degree Credits: 64.0

First Year, Fall Semester
DF 108 - Technical Graphics I & AutoCAD Credit Hours: 3
DF 148 - Basic Electricity for Mechanical Drafting Credit Hours: 3
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3
MT 121 - Technical Mathematics I Credit Hours: 4 or 
MT 125 - College Mathematics Credit Hours: 4
Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3

First Year, Spring Semester
DF 109 - Tech Graphics II & Inventor Credit Hours: 3 
DF 230 - Introduction to SolidWorks Credit Hours: 2
EN 111 - Composition and Interpretation of Literature Credit Hours: 3
PH 190 - Basic Physics Credit Hours: 3
PH 191 - Lab for PH 190 Credit Hours: 1 
MT 122 - Technical Mathematics II Credit Hours: 4 or
MT 126 - College Mathematics II Credit Hours: 4

Second Year, Fall Semester 
DF 222 - 3-D Auto CAD Credit Hours: 2 
DF 235 - Introduction to Pro-Engineer Creo Credit Hours: 2
DF 250 - Manufacturing Processes & Materials Credit Hours: 4
DF 279 - Systems Piping Credit Hours: 2
DF 280 - Descriptive Graphics Credit Hours: 2
DF 281 - Lab for DF 280 Credit Hours: 1
ME 114 - Analytical Mechanics Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Spring Semester
DF 213 - Electronic Drafting Credit Hours: 1.5
DF 216 - Mechanical Drafting Strength of Materials Credit Hours: 3
DF 237 - Industrial Analysis Credit Hours: 2
DF 282 - Descriptive Graphics II Credit Hours: 2
DF 283 - Lab for DF 282 Credit Hours: 1
DF 290 - Architectural Drafting Credit Hours: 2
DF 296 - Structural Detailing Credit Hours: 2.5
ME 262 - Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Credit Hours: 1
ME 263 - Lab for ME 262 Credit Hours: 1

Note: This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering. Internships are unique opportunities for students to gain valuable experience while in school. Potential employment opportunities exist upon successful completion of internship/co-op program and graduation. Other internship/co-ops are available at Fisher-Price, MOOG, along with several local engineering firms. For more information contact the department chair/adviser or call the SUNY Erie Internship Office at (716) 851-1800.

Available At:

South Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:


Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Math I
Math II
Math III

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Engineering and Design Firms

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Curriculum Code:



Engineering & Technologies
Computer Aided Drafting

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Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology

Kevin O'Connor
South Campus
Room 2222B
4041 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
P: (716) 851-1763