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Design & Drafting Technology Overview

This embedded technical diploma will prepare you for a career in Mechanical Design. You will utilize the newest technology to develop detailed design drawings and specifications for mechanical equipment, dies, and tools using AutoCAD and SolidWorks software. While developing a student portfolio, you will learn to create two- and three-dimensional drawings, isometric drawings, and assemblies. Print reading visualization, sketching, and design document structuring will also be addressed. If you decide to pursue a Mechanical Design associate degree, this technical diploma will apply towards your degree.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to apply their credits to the Mechanical Design Associate Degree program.

Career Opportunities

CAD Technician

Design Engineer

Designer Drafter

Drafter

Just the Facts

Design & Drafting Technology
17 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire and River Falls

Start Dates //
August

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

1,205

Term 2

$

1,352

Books

$

207

Estimated Total:  $2,764

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in the Design & Drafting Technology program.

Basic CAD
Basic computer-aided drafting and design (CAD) uses two-dimensional AutoCAD software and commands to create entities, edit, store, and print CAD drawings. Topics include entity creation of arcs, circles, lines, coordinates, editing functions, scaling, making templates, text detailing, layers and line types, viewpoints, model space layout and paper space practices, dimensioning styles, calculation strategies, blocks, groups, libraries, attributes, bills of materials, and plotting to scale. A final project permits the student to apply technical skills to a detailed mechanical design drawing. All assignments are documented within an AutoCAD portfolio.

Measurement for Engineering
This course will provide the theory, technique, and care of the coordinate measuring machine (CMM) and various measuring instruments. The student will apply blueprint reading skills and geometric tolerancing to projects while applying measuring techniques used with the CMM and basic measuring instruments. The student will be exposed to precision inspection methods as it relates to industrial blueprints, manufactured parts, and the student's projects.

Solid Modeling II
The student will develop complex parametric models, assemblies, and working drawings, apply drawing standards, materials, and tabulated dimensions. Part families, sheet metal parts, welded assemblies, exploded assemblies, software generated bills of material, and simple animation will also be covered.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers. Learn more about Career Pathways.

Technical Diplomas

Design & Drafting Technology

Associate Degree

Mechanical Design

Design & Drafting Technology Outcomes

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Transfer
Credits to Other Institutions

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Focus On Student Success

We’re learning to build 3D models of pretty much anything. We’re given parameters and figure out how to get from that to something that will work. You have to figure out the angles and how things are going to move.

Shari, Mechanical Design Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.
 

Degrees & Diplomas

Architectural Structural Design, Associate Degree

Manufacturing Engineering Technologist, Associate Degree

Mechanical Design, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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