CAD/CAM Technology (AAS)
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:
- will be able to solve design and manufacturing problems using sound engineering principles and practices.
- will be able to produce CAD drawings which communicate the appropriate manufacturing details, standards, and specifications.
- will have the ability to effectively communicate with others using verbal, written, and graphical methods and procedures.
- will be able to function effectively on teams or on group projects, and assume leadership roles when appropriate.
- will perform in a professional and ethical manner and maintain currency in technological advancements.
Internships are possible with many industries through Career Development located in the Student Leadership Center and may be eligible for technical credit.
- 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)
Required: Algebra, Geometry
Recommended: Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Physics
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- Focuses on the important computer related technologies which support engineering development work and manufacturing.
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).
- 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
- Structural or Piping System Design
- CAD/CAM Programmer
- Technical Sales
- Sales Representative in Quality Control, Production Planning, and Tool Design
- 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
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.
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.
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.
|MECH||1003||Intro to Mechanical Engineering Tech||3|
|HPED||xxx1||Phys Ed Elective||1|
|MATH||1033||College Algebra or higher*||3|
|MECH||1641||Manufacturing Processes Lab||1|
|MECH||2543||Advanced CAD Applications||3|
|MATH||2043||College Trigonometry or higher *||3|
|MATH||2124||Statistical Methods & Analysis||4|
|LITR||2603||Introduction to Literature||3|
|PHYS||1024||General Physics I||4|
|SOCI||1193||Marriage and Family** OR|
* If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.
**Any student who does not enroll in SOCI 1193 or PLSC 1043 must enroll in two courses that satisfy General Education requirements.
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|Transferred||2 (100%)||2 (100%)||1 (100%)|
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