Computer Aided Design (CAD) has replaced the manual drafting process and allows three-dimensional design of parts and components in industries that include automotive, steel, plastics, and more. The designs that CAD operators produce are used to control automated machines through CAM (computer aided machining), so it is an essential skill for the manufacturing process. While many people believe that all manufacturing has moved offshore, Ohio’s manufacturing industry – particularly in the CAD/CAM space – is still alive and well. In fact, it offers excellent job opportunities for skilled CAD operators.
The Associate of Applied Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Computer Aided Design program builds on the One-Year Computer Aided Design Operator certificate. It is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to understand the Computer Aided Machining (CAM) process and operate industry-standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. It covers fundamental knowledge in the manufacturing process and problem solving as well as hands-on experience with modern equipment. You’ll be job-ready as an entry-level mechanical drafter/designer or CAD operator.
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