Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Kalamazoo Valley Community College


 Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Expect To Do On the Job?

  • Designers work as part of a team to prepare detailed drawings and designs based on rough sketches, conceptual layouts, specifications, 3D models, computer simulations, performance analysis and mechanical design calculations. A large portion of our graduates will be working as mechanical designers; however a few will work in architecture.

Why Should I Choose a Program Of Study From KVCC?

  • The College has incorporated into the Computer-Aided Design Technology program the latest information and techniques in computer-aided design (CAD) in order to give students the most up-to-date education available and to maximize their employment opportunities. Students of the Computer-Aided Design Technology program experience courses covering the principles of engineering graphics and mechanical design that stress the application of these principles. This program provides hands-on experience to prepare students for employment in association with engineers and designers.

Where Can I Find a Job?

  • There are numerous employers that depend on highly skilled CAD Designers. Graduates of KVCC's Computer-Aided Design Technology program have career opportunities in areas such as tool, mold, machine, and product design as well as piping layout, architecture, construction, manufacturing, and sheet metal fabrication.

Related Web Sites?

  • American Design Drafting Association: www.adda.org
  • CAD Society: www.cadsociety.com
  • CAD Digest: www.caddigest.com
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers: www.asme.org
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers: www.sme.org
  • Autodesk User Group: www.augi.com

Faculty Contacts For Additional Inquiries?

  • Dave Brock - 488-4465 or dbrock@kvcc.edu
  • Rick Garthe - 488-4377 or rgarthe@kvcc.edu
  • Art Parker - 488-4301 or aparker@kvcc.edu
  • Mike Tyson - 488-4317or mtyson@kvcc.edu