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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.
Important information you’ll need when applying for admission:
- Field of Interest
- Applied Technology
- Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Drafting and Design Technology (DEG)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
- 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:
- 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).
- 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.
- Apply the principles and theory of manufacturing processes, basic operation of machine tools, properties of materials, and industrial safety.
- Create tool paths using computer numerical control (CNC) applications and principles.
- Apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing according to ASME Y14.
- 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.
- Communicate with others in verbal and in written form to collaboratively solve problems within the discipline.
- Use a fundamental understanding of scientific inquiry to solve basic problems within the discipline of design.
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.
- Architectural and Civil Drafters
- Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers
- 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.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|DFT110||Introduction to Drafting||RC||3|
|DFT105AA||Computer Aided Drafting I: AutoCAD||RC||3|
|GTC102||Machine Processes, Theory and Application||RE||3|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+). or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+).||FYC||3|
|GTC266||Solids Modeling-Solidworks||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in GTC246, or DFT254AA, or permission of Instructor.||Beginning Spring 2019 GTC 266 will become MFG254||RE||3|
|DFT111||Intermediate Drafting||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in DFT105AA, or DFT110, or equivalent.||RC||3|
|DFT254AA||Computer Aided Drafting II: AutoCAD||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in DFT105AA or equivalent or permission of Department or Division.||RC||3|
|DFT255||3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in DFT254AA, or MFG254, or permission of Department or Division.||RE||4|
|GTC107||Technical Mathematics I||RC||3|
|GTC206||CNC Programming||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MET231 or machine shop experience or permission of Program Director.||RE||3|
|ENG102||First-Year Composition||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101.||FYC||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in [(ENG101 or ENG107) and (RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG100LL or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113)] or a grade of B or better in ALT100 or an appropriate district placement or permission of Instructor.||OR equivalent as indicated by assessment||CR||3|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area||SB||3|
|DFT112||Advanced Drafting||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (DFT111 and DFT254AA) or equivalent.||RC||3|
|GTC236||CAD/CAM Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programming||Beginning Spring 2019 GTC 266 will become MFG236||RE||3|
|GTC108||Technical Mathematics II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in GTC107 or permission of Instructor.||MA||3|
|Natural Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area||NS||4|
|GTC276||Solids Programming||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in GTC266.||Beginning Spring 2019 GTC 266 will become MFG246||RE||3|
|DFT115||Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing||Prerequisites or Corequisites: DFT110 or permission of Department or Division.||RC||3|
|Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication||COM||3|
|GTC216||Properties of Materials||RE||3|
|Humanities & Fine Arts or
|Any approved course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area or First-Year Composition for ESL||No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG107.||HU||3|
This course sequence will be effective Spring 2019.
Term 3 is considered Summer
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Course Area Key
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).