School of Drafting and Design
School of Drafting and Design

Computer Drafting and Design: Associate in Specialized Technology Degree
Pittsburgh, PA Campus

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Drafting is a graphic language used by industry to communicate ideas and plans from the creative-design stage through production. Computer drafting and design is one way to produce drawings in traditional design and drafting fields. This program combines wherever appropriate computer-aided drafting with conventional methods of graphic communication to solve drafting and basic design-related problems. The program will help graduates prepare to work in entry-level positions in many diverse areas of technical drafting and design.

Students will be exposed to both classroom theory and laboratory projects. Students will be required to create a variety of drawings of various sizes on different drawing media, and will use conventional as well as computer-aided drafting equipment.

The goal of the Computer Drafting and Design program is to help the student acquire the skills to enter the workplace as a versatile draftsperson able to make basic design decisions and capable of addressing the challenges of future technological advances in the drafting and design profession.

Career Opportunities

Many industries use drafters who can translate ideas, sketches and specifications of an engineer, architect or designer into complete and accurate working plans needed to make products, engineer projects or create structures. Graduates may begin their careers in a variety of entry-level positions in various fields involving drafting and design, some of which include mechanical drafting, piping drafting, architectural and construction drafting, civil drafting, interior design, illustration and design detailing. The availability of micro-CAD systems has enabled even small drafting firms to utilize computer-aided drafting and design.

Graduates who have difficulty distinguishing colors may not be able to perform the essential functions of various positions involving computer drafting and design.

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

School Equipment

Throughout the program students will use drawing tables, light tables, parallel edges and print machines. The CAD laboratory is equipped with micro-CAD terminals, plotters and a draft printer. Students regularly use smaller tools such as portable drafting boards, drafting instruments, scales and calculators. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 15 to 35 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

To view a list of the course descriptions, please click here.

Course Number Course Credit Hours  
Total 96
General Education Courses
GE117P Composition I+ 4
GE127P College Mathematics I+ 4
GE184P Problem Solving 4
GE192P College Mathematics II+ 4
GE217P Composition II+ 4
GE253P Physics 4
GE273P Microeconomics+ 4
Subtotal 28
Core Courses
CD111P Introduction to Design and Drafting 4
CD121P Drafting/CAD Methods 4
CD130P Architectural Drafting I 4
CD140P Rapid Visualization 4
CD210P Engineering Graphics I 4
CD220P Materials and Processes 4
CD230P Architectural Drafting II 4
CD240P Descriptive Geometry 4
CD245P Sustainable Design 4
CD250P Engineering Graphics II 4
CD310P Civil Drafting and Introduction to GIS 4
CD320P Basic Design Theory and Methods 4
CD331P Design and Drafting Capstone Project 4
CD340P Physical and Computer-Aided 3D Modeling 4
Subtotal 56
Technical Basic Courses
TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional 4
TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers 4
TB332P Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development 4
Subtotal 12

+In this program, this course may be taught either completely in residence at the school, completely online over the Internet as a distance education course or partially in residence and partially online, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Refer to the Online Course information section of this catalog for additional information relating to these courses that the school decides to teach all or partially online over the Internet. In order to help students become familiar with fundamentals of taking courses online over the Internet, the school may determine that a portion of the first online course that a student takes in this program must be taken online at the school in a supervised setting.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program and revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program.

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Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology
Associate of Applied Science

Graduated 2009
Lexington, KY

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