The Engineering CAD Technology degree is designed for students seeking a career in the design and development of manufactured products. Engineering CAD Technicians are specialists in translating the rough sketches, layouts and written specifications of the engineer or more senior designer into a drawing showing complete details and specifications. For nearly every type of fabricated products, from a light fixture to a motorcycle, or a computer monitor to a bridge, a design technician is needed to detail the entire project and its component parts. Strength calculations, product reliability, computer aided design (CAD) and specifications, and cost of materials may also be the responsibilities of the person trained in the occupation.

Career Opportunities

Persons trained in Engineering CAD work for companies which manufacture machinery, electrical equipment, computers, fabricated metal products, and transportation equipment. Others are employed by the government in public works, highway departments, or ordinance plants. Advanced competencies qualify a person for employment in industry as a Engineering CAD Technician. Experienced technicians with CAD skills are in demand.

Award Outcomes:

  • Apply drafting standards to engineering documents.
  • Prepare orthographic view drawings.
  • Dimension detail drawings.
  • Revise detail drawings.
  • Process engineering changes.
  • Generate detail drawings from layouts.
  • Create assembly drawings.
  • Create solid models.
  • Capture design intent.
  • Apply tolerances to drawings.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 54 Credits
General Education Requirements 9 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 3 Credits
General Education Electives 6 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College‚Äôs 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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