CAD/CAM Technology (AAS)

Application Code: 
1337
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Program Coordinator: 
Steven Martinelli
Coordinator Email: 
MartinSJ@alfredstate.edu
Description: 

The CAD/CAM technology program (computer-aided design/drafting - computer-aided manufacturing) prepares the graduate for a number of opportunities in the engineering and manufacturing-related fields. This program develops skills in the areas of design/drafting (2D CAD and 3D solid modeling) and automation/robotics. Graduates will become proficient with industry-standard software including AutoCAD, Solidworks, and Siemens Nx. Each student will also be exposed to hardware such as coordinate measuring machines (CMM), computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines, and industry grade robotics. The CAD/CAM graduate can seamlessly enter the mechanical engineering technology baccalaureate program also offered at Alfred State.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the CAD/CAM technology program. See laptop specifications.

Program Education Objectives

Program Educational Objectives were established with the assistance of the Industrial Advisory Committee and are reviewed periodically. The CAD/CAM Technology program produces graduates who:

  1. will be able to solve design and manufacturing problems using sound engineering principles and practices.
  2. will be able to produce CAD drawings which communicate the appropriate manufacturing details, standards, and specifications.
  3. will have the ability to effectively communicate with others using verbal, written, and graphical methods and procedures.
  4. will be able to function effectively on teams or on group projects, and assume leadership roles when appropriate.
  5. will perform in a professional and ethical manner and maintain currency in technological advancements.

Internship Opportunities

Internships are possible with many industries through Career Development located in the Student Leadership Center and may be eligible for technical credit.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Solve design and manufacturing problems using sound engineering principles and practices
  • Produce CAD drawings which communicate the appropriate manufacturing details, standards, and specifications
  • Effectively communicate with others using verbal, written, and graphical methods and procedures
  • Function effectively on teams or on group projects, and assume leadership roles when appropriate
  • Perform in a professional and ethical manner and maintain currency in technological advancements.
  • Info Management (computer & research skills appropriate to degree level and type)
  • Written & Oral Communication (appropriate to degree level and type)
  • Critical Thinking (problem solving, reasoning skills appropriate to degree level and type)
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry
Recommended: Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Physics

Accreditation/Certification: 

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 662-5606 and internal review every five years.

Features & Facilities: 
  • Focuses on the important computer related technologies which support engineering development work and manufacturing.
Articulation Agreements: 

Graduates may enroll in the Alfred State bachelor of science program in mechanical engineering technology. The Alfred State BS program can be accomplished in two years beyond the AAS degree (if math through Technical Calculus I and physics through General Physics II are taken in the two-year program).

Graduation Requirements: 
  • 64 minimum credits
  • 20 credits of liberal arts and sciences
  • 2.0 grade point average in major courses (in bold text below)
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Approval of department faculty
  • 5 of 10 General Education areas
Career Opportunities: 
  • Structural or Piping System Design
  • Development
  • CAD/CAM Programmer
  • Technical Sales
  • Sales Representative in Quality Control, Production Planning, and Tool Design
  • Draftsman
  • CAD or Model Specialist
  • Quality Control or Materials Testing
  • Field Installation
  • Appliance Product Design Technician in Manufacturing
  • Product Reliability Analyst
  • Test and Quality Specialist
  • Machine or Heavy Equipment Design
  • Material and Finish Specialist
  • Cost Analyst or Estimator
  • Tool & Die Design
  • Computer Numerical Control Specialist
  • Installation Supervisor
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State CAD/CAM technology graduates may enter directly into either the mechanical engineering technology BS or technology management BBA degree program. Students can complete the BS in mechanical engineering technology program in two years if they have taken math through Technical Calculus I and physics through General Physics II during the first two years.

Transfer Opportunities: 

Graduates are eligible to continue their education by enrolling in a baccalaureate degree program in such areas as mechanical or industrial technology, but should work closely with their adviser on selection of technical and science electives. This program offers 100 percent transferability to Alfred State's bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology program as the first part of the 2+2 format.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Students spend 13 to 17 hours a week in lecture classes and four to 10 hours in laboratory hands-on experiences. The lecture hours include mechanical engineering technology courses and also general studies courses in mathematics, English, and social sciences. This totals about 17 credit hours a semester. Class sizes are normally between 20 and 35 students. Class schedules for each semester are arranged with the help of the student's faculty adviser. The combination of technology courses and general studies courses entitles the graduate to an associate in applied science (AAS) degree which is also transferable to an upper-division BS program.

First Semestercredits
MECH1003Intro to Mechanical Engineering Tech3
MECH1603Graphics/CAD3
MECH1203Materials Science3
CISY4423Robotics3
HPEDxxx1Phys Ed Elective1
MATH1033College Algebra or higher*3
   16
Second Semestercredits
MECH1643Manufacturing Processes3
MECH1641Manufacturing Processes Lab1
MECH2543Advanced CAD Applications3
MATH2043College Trigonometry or higher *3
MECH4523Control Systems3
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
   16
Third Semestercredits
MECH3113Statics3
MECH3203CAM3
MATH2124Statistical Methods & Analysis4
LITR2603Introduction to Literature3
PHYS1024General Physics I4
   17
Fourth Semestercredits
MECH3643Manufacturing Management3
SOCI1193Marriage and Family** OR 
PLSC1043American Government3
MECH4333Advanced CAM3
 xxx3Technical Elective3
MECH4003Solid Modeling3
   15

* If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

Technical Electives

MECH 3223 Mechanical Design Principles
MATH 1063 Technical Calculus I
PHYS 2023 General Physics II

**Any student who does not enroll in SOCI 1193 or PLSC 1043 must enroll in two courses that satisfy General Education requirements.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
100%
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees724
Responding to Survey4 (57%)2 (100%)2 (50%)
Employed1 (25%)----
Employed in Field1 (100%)----
Transferred3 (75%)2 (100%)2 (100%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

Not available