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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 CAD drafters or designer 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:

  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of the latest 2D and 3D CAD design software and equipment;
  • demonstrate knowledge of design techniques and principles involved in the production of technical plans, drawings, and models;
  • create accurate detailed drawings using CAD design software and equipment;
  • demonstrate critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills to perform effectively as a design drafter;
  • read and interpret the information provided by technical drawings in engineering, manufacturing, construction, and architectural applications;
  • solve engineering and design problems by applying fundamental knowledge of engineering concepts and manufacturing processes; and
  • research and present technical information both verbally and in written form.


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 100 - Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies Credit Hours: 3
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3
MT 121 - Technical Mathematics I Credit Hours: 4  
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 102 - Composition for the STEM Disciplines Credit Hours: 3
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 235 - Introduction to Pro-Engineer Creo Credit Hours: 2
DF 250 - Manufacturing Processes & Materials Credit Hours: 3
DF 279 - Systems Piping Credit Hours: 2
DF 280 - Descriptive Graphics Credit Hours: 2
DF 281 - Lab for DF 280 Credit Hours: 1 
DF 290 - Architectural Drafting Credit Hours: 2
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 226 - Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Revit Credit Hours: 3
DF 237 - Industrial Analysis Credit Hours: 2
DF 284 - CADD Capstone Credit Hours: 3
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 advisor prior to registering.

Internship opportunities are available, which provide unique opportunities for students to gain valuable experience while in school. Recent graduates have been placed in positions at Fisher-Price, MOOG, and other local engineering firms.

For more information contact the department chairperson or your advisor.

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 Manufacturing Firms

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Engineering & Technologies
Computer Aided Drafting

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Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology

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