Drafting/CAD - Technical Illustration (AOS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Karen M. Young
Coordinator Email: 

360 Virtual TourStudents enrolled in the technical illustration curriculum will enhance their drafting/CAD skills for various graphic publications.

Assignments apply 2D or 3D computer methods to create print-ready publications utilizing isometric exploded illustrations for instructions, Web sites, and pictorial graphic presentations.

Graduates can explore career paths and build their skills in drafting/CAD and technical illustration areas.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the drafting/CAD-technical illustration program. See laptop specifications.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate proper visualization in various views of three-dimensional object by producing a multi-view drawing.
  • Identify, select and apply the sectional view that is appropriate to show interior features for dimensioning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of manufacturing processes, shop terminology and machine operations.
  • Calculate and apply tolerancing and the relationship between mating parts on assembly drawings.
  • Through calculation, select various appropriate purchased parts for diverse applications.
  • Apply the current welding processes and generate weldment drawings using industrial standards.
  • Illustrate various exploded isometric drawing methods using standard technical practical applications.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the fundamentals of architectural drafting to complete a set of drawings.
  • Solve practical drafting-related problems using accepted mathematical applications.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Recommended: Algebra

Technical Standards: 

Applicants in any of the drafting/CAD programs must meet the following physical requirements:

  • Must be able to visually read computer monitor or laptop.
  • Must be capable of using digitizing equipment.
  • Must have good hand/eye coordination to operate the above.

All drafting/CAD programs are certified by the ADDA (American Design and Drafting Association). Independently from Alfred State College, all students will have several opportunities to obtain national certification as qualified entry-level drafters by successful completion of the ADDA Exam.

Features & Facilities: 
  • Allows students to combine interests in drafting with skills in technical art or design
  • Flat bed scanner
  • Corel Draw
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Digital camera
Graduation Requirements: 

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average. Students are also required to have earned grades of "C" or better in technical calculations I & II.

(Articulation is available in this area.)

Career Opportunities: 

The occupational opportunities are unique in the drafting/CAD-technical illustration program, as the graduate has an opportunity for employment as an entry level technical illustrator as well as opportunities in CAD occupations such as:

  • Drafter
  • Designer
  • Purchaser/Sales Representative
  • Checker
  • Drafting Manager
  • Field Service Engineer
  • CAD Drafter
  • Graphic Artist
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Commercial Artist

Upon successful completion of this program, students may continue in Alfred State's BBA program in technology management.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State drafting/CAD: technical illustration graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Typical Semester Layout: 

All students on the School of Applied Technology Campus at Wellsville spend a total of six hours in class each day. In the Computerized Design and Manufacturing Department, approximately one-to-two hours each day are spent in a classroom lecture-type setting and the remaining four-to-five hours of the day are used to complete many exciting, industrial-type assignments in laptop drafting labs.Students attend class from approximately 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., five days a week. As a result of this full schedule, the student will experience a total of 450 drafting hours in each semester.

First Semestercredits
DCAD1205Intro to Ind Dftg5
DCAD1305Industrial Drafting I5
DCAD1405Industrial Drafting II5
DCAD1053Technical Calculations I3
Second Semestercredits
DCAD2205Industrial Drafting III5
DCADxxx5Technical Elective5
DCAD2305Welding Drawings5
DCAD2063Technical Calculations II3
Third Semestercredits
DCAD3024Layout & Detail4
DCAD3044Fluid Power4
DCAD3104Advanced Mech Layout4
DCAD2053Intro to Unigraphics3
Fourth Semestercredits
DCAD4335CNC Machine Program’g5
DCADxxx5Technical Elective5
DCAD4125Process Piping I5
DCAD4003Senior Project3
Second Semester Electives
DCAD2805 Drafting for Res Construction5
DCAD4155Technical Illustration I5
Fourth Semester Electives
DCAD4225 Process Piping II*5
DCAD4155Technical Illustration I5
DCAD2805 Drafting for Res Contruction5
DCAD4900Industrial Application5
*Prerequisite: DCAD 4125 process piping I
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees413
Responding to Survey3 (75%)0 (0%)3 (100%)
Employed2 (67%)--2 (67%)
Employed in Field1 (50%)--1 (50%)
Transferred1 (33%)----
Unemployed & Seeking Employment----1 (33%)
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

Prefer not to disclose (2)