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Computer Aided Design

Computer Aided Design

Associate of Applied Science

Regardless of the project, a space shuttle, a wind turbine, or an automotive part, workers need paper or electronic drawings that show exact dimensions and specifications of each of its parts. Technology improvements have moved the world of design from the drafting arena to the design world. 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. Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) 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. Graduates of KVCC's Computer-Aided Design Technology program have career opportunities in such areas as tool, mold, machine, and product design as well as piping layout, architecture, construction, manufacturing, and sheet metal fabrication.

Computer Aided Design and Student
Required Classes*
CIS 100Beginning Computer Skills2
EDMT 101Trends in Manufacturing3
EDMT 103Fundamentals of Machine Tool Operations4
EDMT 130Technical Drawing w/AutoCAD4
EDMT 140Production Drafting/GD & T 3
EDMT 145Descriptive Geometry3
EDMT 165 Inventor 3-OR-
EDMT 171 SolidWorks 3
EDMT 210Kinematics of Mechanisms3
EDMT 215Statics and Strengths of Materials4
EDMT 225 Computer Aided Simulation w/FEA3
EDMT 245Machine Design4
EDMT 260Metallurgy and Mechanical Testing4
ENG 110College Writing I3-OR-
ENG 160College Writing and Research4
ENG 127Technical Writing3
MATH 106Technical Mathematics4
Political Science3
Social Science3
Wellness/Physical Education2
Minimum Total Credits: 62

*It is essential to see a counselor regarding your program of study to verify course requirements.

To make an appointment, call 269.488.4100 (TTC) or 269.373.7800 (ACC).