Associate in Applied Science in Electro-Mechanical Drafting Drafting and Design Technology

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Field of Interest: Applied Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Drafting and Design Technology program prepares students as draftee technicians in Mechanical drafting, Computer Aided Design, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming, and manufacturing processes. Students develop skills in completing orthographic layouts, ANSI standard dimensioning,exploded/assembled and working drawings, 2D and 3D computer aided drafting, 3D printing, geometric dimensioning and tolerance, and a general understanding of manufacturing in industry. The program emphasizes current technological needs in the drafting industry.


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Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Electro-Mechanical Drafting (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Set up and operate CAD system to generate drawings.
  2. Prepare drawings using drafting instrument/equipment such as drafting machine, triangles, scales (English and Metric), templates, bow compass, lettering guide and mechanical pencils.
  3. Prepare drawings using section views, auxiliary views, geometric tolerancing and dimensioning generated on computer aid drafting equipment.
  4. Prepare assembly and detail machine drawing with consideration for allowance, virtual condition and maximum material condition using computer aid drafting equipment.
  5. Interpret and apply geometric dimensioning and tolerancing practices.
  6. Set up and operate CAD system to generate three-dimensional drawings.
  7. Create physical 3D models using 3D printing techniques.
  8. Demonstrate an attitude of safe work habits.
  9. Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions and decimal numbers.
  10. Solve mathematical and algebraic problems using equations and formulas.
  11. Identify, analyze, and utilize the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of material used in manufacturing.
  12. Interpret and apply dimensioning and tolerancing to technical drawings used in the manufacturing setting.
  13. Plan manufacturing processes for machining and finishing from mechanical prints.
  14. Set up, prepare programs and operate a 3 axis NC milling machine, and identify management implications and advantages of numerical control.
  15. Apply CAD/CAM to Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) automated manufacturing situations.
  16. Explain the process of product design, tool selection, tool path selection, program operations, and post programming codes to machine.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program 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 program. 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.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • 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 CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

When to Start Taking Classes

It is suggested that you begin taking the courses found in this course sequence starting in a Fall Semester.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
GTC107 Technical Mathematics I, or permission of Program Director RC 0–3
DFT105AA Computer Aided Drafting I: AutoCAD RC 3
DFT110 Introduction to Drafting RC 3
MFG102 Machine Processes, Theory and Application RC 3
MFG254 Solids Modeling-Solidworks RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR equivalent as indicated by assessment. If students test out of CRE101 a Humanities & Fine Arts is suggested. CR 0–3
GTC108 Technical Mathematics II Courses also meet the General Education Mathematics area RC 3
DFT111 Intermediate Drafting RC 3
DFT254AA Computer Aided Drafting II: AutoCAD RC 3
DFT255 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing RC 4
MFG206 CNC Programming of Word Address Language RC 3

Fall Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 3)
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG111 Technical and Professional Writing FYC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication COM 3
DFT112 Advanced Drafting RC 3
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area HU 3
MFG236 CAD/Cam Mastercam Programming Level I RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 4)
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GTC106 Industrial Safety RC 2
GTC216 Properties of Materials RC 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area SB 3
MFG246 CAD/CAM CNC Programming: MasterCam RC 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4
DFT115 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing RC 3

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Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required 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 advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

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Other Versions

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:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Drafting and Design Technology program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019