Engineering Technology CAD Curriculum

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Engineering technology with a Drafting & Design Specialization is focused on mechanical design, material application and properties. Experiences in manufacturing processes such as injection molding and small lot casting operations are supported by instruction in AutoCad, Unigraphics CAD including virtual tools such as finite element analysis (FEA), surface and assembly modeling.

First Semester

Professional Drafting Practices

DT-103 Credits: 3

This course will present a review of basic drafting skills used by present day drafters. It will also include an in-depth study of descriptive geometry as it relates to multi view drawings, sectional views, auxiliary views, surface intersections, and other related working drawings. This course will employ the current drafting conventions and dimensioning standards as authorized by the American National Standards Institute.



DT-114 Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to the use of Autodesk’s AutoCAD software package. It will present all basic 2D and 3D commands used for drawing, editing, display controls, layering, dimensioning, and plotting. It will also provide coverage of entity properties and handling and utilities.

Computer Systems & Applications

ET-121 Credits: 3

This Course will provide an overview of microcomputer operation, Microsoft operating Systems, and the Microsoft Office software suite, to include the fundamentals of networks and internet usage

English Composition

GS-130 Credits: 3

This course provides students with the rhetorical foundations required to become proficient writers in the academic and professional world. Students will learn and apply the principles of effective writing through extensive practice in creating drafts, revisions, and final essays in a variety of context. Class discussion and readings will focus on the function of literacy in professional and personal contexts

College Algebra

MA-122 Credits: 4

Topics covered include exponents, word problems, linear equations, graphing straight lines and parabolas, factoring, simplifying fractions, fractional equations, simultaneous equations, solving quadratics, ratio and proportion, and variation.

The engineering technology workplace applies your CAD knowledge in a hands-on kind of way, our program is designed to  include hands on instruction.


Add a summer (sometimes longer) internship to gain work experience. Internships can turn into job offers.

Second Semester

Mechanical Drafting & Design I

DT-112 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: DT-103
This course will provide an in-depth study of precision dimensioning techniques, unilateral tolerance, bilateral tolerance, limits, fits and allowances using ANSIY14.5 M- 1994 standard. It also includes detailed study of standard fasteners, springs, keys, keyways and pins. It will also cover a study of advanced sectional views, assembly drawings and detail drawings.

3D Modeling

DT-222 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: DT-114
This course covers 3D elements of the AutoDesk software including the use of parametric solid modeling and surfacing, assembly modeling, creating 3D digital prototypes, and 2D orthographic development from 3D drawings.

General Physics

ET-129 Credits: 5

Co-requisite: MA-132

A study of the principals of physics, including vectors, waves, laws of motion, friction, equilibrium, energy, work, power, simple machines, temperature, heat and electricity.

Manufacturing Materials & Processes

ET-223 Credits: 4

A lecture/lab introduction to the materials and processes used in Manufacturing. The chemistry, properties, and processing of ferrous and non- ferrous metals, plastics, woods and ceramics will be studied with lab applications in casting, forming, separating, joining and conditioning.


MA-132 Credits: 4

Prerequisite: MA-122
Topics include the solution of right and oblique triangles, vectors, radian measure, polar coordinates, trigonometric and parametric graphs, trigonometric identities and equations, and exponential and logarithmic equations.

Third Semester

Advanced Parametric Modeling

DT-117 Credits: 3

An introductory study of NX software dealing in the 2D and 3D realms. Topics include solid modeling, feature modeling, free modeling, dimensioning, editing commands, creation commands, coordinate systems and layer management.

Mechanical Drafting & Design II

DT-206 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: DT-112
A continuation of the study into the basic detailing methods of power transmission systems. The course includes the study of splines, bevel gears, bearing, chain and sprockets, belts and sheaves, and electric motors. An introduction into jigs and fixtures, and continued coverage of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing will be included.

Engineering Mechanics

ET-224 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: ET-129

A more detailed study of some of the concepts introduced in General Physics; including distributed loads, coplanar, concurrent and spatial forces, truss analysis, shear diagrams, moments and couples.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

GS-221 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: GS-130
An introduction to the study of human behavior in the workplace. Students will learn to apply knowledge of industrial/organizational psychology as it may affect them as employee, coworker, and/or supervisor. Areas of emphasis include: job analysis, employee selection and placement, organizational structure and communication, motivation, leadership/management styles, employee performance, and job satisfaction.

Principles of Technical Writing

GS-233 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: GS-130
Students will learn the principles of effective, audience centered technical communication with emphasis on writing and editing technical documents (manuals, recommendations, proposals, business letters, and memoranda) with precision, clarity and purpose while applying the principles of graphic design and visual representation.

Advanced Mathematics with Calculus

MA-232 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: MA-132
Topics covered include advanced trigonometry, straight lines, conic sections, limits, derivatives of algebraic functions, and problem solving using computer applications in mathematical software.

Graduates with a Drafting & Design Specialization find employment with firms involved in manufacturing, engineering, government agencies, drafting and design shops, machine welding shops, foundries, and product development.

Graduates with a Drafting & Design Specialization are employed in the fields of CAD operation and supervision, design drafting, preparation of specifications, product or project design, technical sales, quality control, materials inspection and testing, and management.

Fourth Semester

Advanced Surfacing & Assembly Modeling

DT-226 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: DT-117
This course presents additional coverage of commands used in NX software to create working drawings, assembly drawings, manufactured parts, analysis of existing parts, and presentation drawings.

Mechanical Project Development

DT-228 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: DT-206
This course consists of developing a complete set of design calculations, notes, and specifications in the form of a technical report, as well as a complete set of working drawings for the manufacture of some mechanical device and/or components. Emphasis will be on computer-aided work in all phases of drafting and writing. Rendered three dimensional and exploded three dimensional presentations may also be prepared. The course will be conducted on a design team method with formal presentations given at the completion of the project.

Thinking Critically

GS-132 Credits: 3

Thinking is a learned behavior which can be analyzed and modified. Thinking is not an automatic function. This course examines thinking skills and attitudes with the goal of gaining some measure of control over them. Topics discussed include problem solving, goal setting, analyzing situations, bias, and creativity.

Oral Communication

GS-239 Credits: 3

The purpose of this course is to instruct students in the principles of effective public speaking so that they will gain confidence, poise and proficiency in delivering speeches in a variety of situations. Students will be required to give impromptu, demonstration, persuasive, informative, and ceremonial speeches and a major business-style group oral presentations. Critical listening skills and ethical public speaking practices will be arranged by Department Coordinator.

Strength of Materials

ET-228 Credits 3

Prerequisite: ET-224

A study of the effects of applied forces on the design properties of materials; including stress/strain diagrams, allowable stress, Poison’s ratio, thermal expansion, moduli of elasticity and ductility, plastic analysis, shaft couplings, beam and column stresses.