Certificate of Completion in Computer-Aided Design Technology
Division of Engineering Technologies and Computer Sciences – Curriculum Code: 3205
Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Certificate of Completion
Why major in Computer-Aided Design Technology?
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) involves the preparation of engineering drawings using specialty computer software. In recent years, CAD has become the preferred means of drawing and illustrating in all engineering-related fields. The Computer-Aided Design Technology certificate of completion program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively use CAD in any professional environment. Fields in which CAD is used as a basic tool include civil engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, architecture, surveying, and construction.
If I major in Computer-Aided Design Technology, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?
The Computer-Aided Design Technology program is intended as a career-oriented program. Courses completed as part of this certificate of completion program can be applied toward associate’s degrees at ECC. Most or all credits earned in certificate programs that are applied to associate’s degree programs transfer to four-year institutions. See an Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences (ETCS) Division academic advisor (faculty member) for more information.
Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?
Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.
How long will it take for me to complete this program?
If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 12 credits each semester, you can complete the certificate of completion in one year. Part-time students can complete the program in two years.
Where should I direct specific questions about this program?
Call the Division at (973) 877-4400.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
Analyze and create engineering drawings; this includes being able to explain and apply the concepts of scale and orthographic projections through the use of drafting instruments and computer-aided design software;
Demonstrate computer competency by proficiently using 3D CAD in engineering and architectural drawings based on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) guidelines; this includes being able to detail drawings, apply geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), and create 3D models for walkthrough or animation; and
Demonstrate appropriate technical, oral, and written communication skills and professional behaviors, which include being able to effectively work as a member of a team and competently dealing with ethical issues and workplace diversity, in order to produce a satisfactory Capstone CAD project.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Total Credits Required for Certificate of Completion: 24
NOTE: This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.