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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) program is designed to prepare students as drafting technicians. Students will learn Computer Aided Design to develop skills in completing orthographic layouts, dimensioning, 2D and 3D computer aided drafting, and 3D printing all using American standards (ANSI). The program emphasizes current technological needs in the drafting industry. Students may apply these courses towards the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Drafting and Design Technology (3504).
Important information you’ll need when applying for admission:
- Field of Interest
- Applied Technology
- Academic Plan
- Computer Aided Drafting (CER)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
- Program Notes
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
What You’ll Learn
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Produce sketches, multi-view layouts, pictorial views, sectional views, and auxiliary views; all including dimensioning, symbology, linetypes, lineweights, drawing notes, and design related manufacturing callouts in a manner that is compliant with standard industry practices (ANSI).
- Apply and integrate computer technology using the latest 2D, 3D, and 3D parametric modeling CAD software to develop technical engineering drawings in two-dimensional multi-view and three-dimensional solid models in a manner that is efficient and compliant with standard industry practices.
- Compare additive manufacturing to traditional technologies to choose the best approach, including 3D printing materials and design layouts, for a given application to rapidly create prototypes.
Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
- Architectural and Civil Drafters
- Drafters, All Other
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.
|DFT105AA||Computer Aided Drafting I: AutoCAD||Critical course Gateway course||CS||3|
|DFT110||Introduction to Drafting||Critical course||3|
|MPT150||Introduction to SolidWorks||3|
|DFT111||Intermediate Drafting||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in DFT105AA, or DFT110, or equivalent.||3|
|DFT254AA||Computer Aided Drafting II: AutoCAD||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in DFT105AA or equivalent or permission of Department or Division.||3|
|DFT255||3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in DFT254AA, or MFG254, or permission of Department or Division.||4|
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Course Area Key
Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.
Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Computer Aided Drafting (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=151036).
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:
|Catalog Year||Effective Dates|
|2020-2021||(Current) 5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021|
|2019-2020||5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|