TNSCC offers a computer aided design certificate program, which prepares students to create engineering drawings using CAD software. CAD designers typically work closely with mechanical or electric engineers, who provide objectives and technical advice. In addition to technical skills, this career requires excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Coursework (100 level or higher) completed in this certificate applies toward the associate degree in mechanical engineering technology with aCAD/CAM major.
Graduates of this program may find employment as an entry-level CAD operator/technician or as a detailer working under the direction of a design engineer. Some of the typical duties of a CAD operator/technician include:
- Compiling and computing a variety of engineering data
- Developing and preparing schematics from designs made by you and/or others
- Making preliminary designs from rough specifications and/or verbal directions
- Generating and revising current engineering prints and three-dimensional patterns for parts and products
- Designing and modifying equipment used for manufacturing
- Guilding a bill of material for new or revised designs
- Revising drawings and checking prints for accuracy
Job opportunities for CAD technicians will remain stable through the next several years, with most of the positions occurring from replacing workers who leave the profession or retire.