Associate in Applied Science in Drafting and Design Technology

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Applied Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Drafting and Design Technology program is designed to prepare students as drafting technicians. Students will learn Computer Aided Design, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming, and basic manufacturing processes. Students develop skills in completing orthographic layouts, dimensioning, exploded/assembled and working drawings, 2D and 3D computer aided drafting and design, 3D printing, geometric dimensioning and tolerance (GD&T), and a general understanding of manufacturing in industry, all using American standards (ANSI). Students can also apply for the Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Computer Aided Drafting (5547) while pursuing the AAS.

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Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Drafting and Design Technology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3504
Total Credits Required
60-67
Catalog Year
2020-2021
Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You’ll Learn

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

  1. Produce sketches, multi-view layouts, pictorial views, sectional views, auxiliary views, exploded views, engineering assembly views, working drawings, and parts lists; all including dimensioning, symbology, linetypes, lineweights, drawing notes, and design related manufacturing callouts in a manner that is compliant with standard industry practices (ANSI).
  2. Use the latest 2D, 3D, and 3D parametric modeling CAD software to develop technical engineering drawings in two-dimensional multiview and three-dimensional solid models in a manner that is efficient and compliant with standard industry practices.
  3. Apply the principles and theory of manufacturing processes, basic operation of machine tools, properties of materials, and industrial safety.
  4. Create tool paths using computer numerical control (CNC) applications and principles.
  5. Apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing according to ASME Y14.
  6. 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.
  7. Communicate with others in verbal and in written form to collaboratively solve problems within the discipline.
  8. Use a fundamental understanding of scientific inquiry to solve basic problems within the discipline of design.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree 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 degree. 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.

Programmers of Computer and Numerically Controlled Machine Tools

$59,292

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below, with links to salary information for the United States as a whole (if available):
  • Architectural and Civil Drafters
  • Drafters, All Other
* 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:

  • 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.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

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

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DFT105AA Computer Aided Drafting I: AutoCAD Critical course CS 3
DFT110 Introduction to Drafting Critical course Gateway course 3
MPT130MP CNC Machine Operator 6
MPT150 Introduction to SolidWorks 3
GTC107 Technical Mathematics I OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment 0–3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DFT111 Intermediate Drafting 3
DFT254AA Computer Aided Drafting II: AutoCAD 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
GTC108 Technical Mathematics II 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DFT112 Advanced Drafting 3
DFT255 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing 3
MPT260MP Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) I 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication SB 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR equivalent as indicated by assessment. L 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DFT115 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3
GTC216 Properties of Materials 3
GTC/MIT/OSH106 Industrial Safety 2
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DFT105AA Computer Aided Drafting I: AutoCAD Critical course CS 3
DFT110 Introduction to Drafting Critical course Gateway course 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DFT111 Intermediate Drafting 3
DFT254AA Computer Aided Drafting II: AutoCAD 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GTC107 Technical Mathematics I OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment 0–3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
DFT255 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GTC108 Technical Mathematics II 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR equivalent as indicated by assessment. L 0–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MPT130MP CNC Machine Operator 6
MPT150 Introduction to SolidWorks 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DFT112 Advanced Drafting 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MPT260MP Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) I 3
GTC216 Properties of Materials 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DFT115 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3
GTC/MIT/OSH106 Industrial Safety 2

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication SB 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4

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Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

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 academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Drafting and Design Technology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=154661).

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
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