Apply your creative thinking.

Design the products of the future.

Computer Aided Design technicians design most of the products we use in our day-to-day lives, using technology to create 3D models and 2D production drawings. Some technicians work for manufacturers, corporations, or design firms, and others work independently, accepting contracts to create specific designs. CAD technicians work in almost every industry—packaging, aerospace, furniture, automotive manufacturing, and more.

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FAQ'S

  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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CAD and Design Technology Associate Degree from Baker College

Computer Aided DesignAssociate of Applied Science

Apply your creative thinking.

Design the products of the future.

Computer Aided Design technicians design most of the products we use in our day-to-day lives, using technology to create 3D models and 2D production drawings. Some technicians work for manufacturers, corporations, or design firms, and others work independently, accepting contracts to create specific designs. CAD technicians work in almost every industry—packaging, aerospace, furniture, automotive manufacturing, and more.

Discover Your Future CAD and Design Technology Career

Career Facts

$49,630

Median salary for Drafters

1%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$59,610

Median salary for Industrial Designers

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Overview

The CAD and Design Technology program at Baker College prepares you to develop your designs, using 2D drawings and 3D models. 

In our curriculum, developed with the guidance of industry professionals and employers, you learn practical skills in technical drafting, descriptive geometry, and computer-aided drawing techniques using the latest software. You also gain knowledge in production, through studies in manufacturing processes, materials, and the use of precision measuring tools. Your primary focus is on total design, and includes hands-on practice in the design and integration of related parts and components.  

When you complete the program, you’ll be prepared for an entry-level CAD technician position in any one of a number of areas, including products, machines, gages, fixtures, or to create CAD drawings and models for Web publication. 

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Course Information
CAD and Design Technology Major77 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CAD 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the use of the computer in the creation of drawings in place of traditional drafting methods. Students will create and edit drawings using CAD software.

Prerequisite(s):
EGR 101, INF 091 or computer fundamentals.
Computer Aided Drafting I (CAD I)4
CAD 121
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues the computer based drawing experience and introduces students to 3-D modeling through the use of solid modeling software. Students will develop parts in 3-D. Advanced editing and dimensioning techniques will be covered.

Prerequisite(s):
EGR 101, INF 091 or basic computer skills.
3-D CAD I4
CAD 122
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4 Quarter Hours

Builds on 3-D CAD concepts introduced in CAD121 and further develops the student's ability to work with 3-D drawings.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 121
3-D CAD II4
CAD 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to manufacturing equipment, processes, and related topics.

Introduction to Manufacturing4
CAD 141
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4 Quarter Hours

Surveys the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of metals, plastics, and ceramics as well as processes commonly used by the manufacturing industry.

Industrial Materials and Processes4
CAD 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Applies standards of ANSI Y14.5M to the design function to assure clear and accurate dimensioning and tolerancing of form and position through related calculations and symbology.

Prerequisite(s):
EGR 101 or MST 211 or QI 221.
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing4
CAD 215
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the concepts of vectors; moments and couples; equilibrium of rigid bodies; and free body diagrams. Bending, deflection, shear, and moment diagrams will be developed by students.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124
Statics and Strength of Materials4
CAD 299
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4 Quarter Hours

Integrates all aspects of the design process. Students will use the principles of design as learned in CAD, materials, processes, teamwork, problem-solving and communication courses.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 221A or CAD 226A or CAD 231A or CAD 236A.
Design Capstone4
EGR 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Surveys the use of drafting instruments and computers to generate the necessary geometry for design, analysis, and manufacturing. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Engineering Graphics4
EGR 105
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4 Quarter Hours

Surveys the profession of engineering through analysis and design problem-solving examples. This course also introduces students to engineering sketching.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124
Introduction to Engineering and Design4
EGR 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to communicate technical information in written, digital and oral forms in an effective manner to a variety of audiences. Use of supporting computer software is emphasized.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Technical Communications for Engineering Sciences4
MTH 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra including rational functions, quadratic equations, radical expressions, complex numbers, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
Intermediate Algebra4
MTH 124
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4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes trigonometric functions, their properties, solution of right and oblique triangles, radian measure, graphs, trigonometric equations, and applications.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 112.
Trigonometry4
SCI 215
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the principles of physics. Concepts explored include mechanical, fluid, electromagnetic, and thermal systems.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124
Integrated Physics4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CAD 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues CAD I and expands on the applications of CAD software. Advanced dimensioning and tolerancing techniques are covered as well as creating symbols for multiple use. Isometric drawing will introduce students to the 3-D aspects of CAD.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 111
Computer Aided Drafting II (CAD II)4
CAD 221A
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8 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to Catia 3D modeling software.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 111
Catia8
CAD 223
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses additional topics in the use of Catia.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 221A
Catia-Intermediate4
CAD 224
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses advanced topics in the use of Catia.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 223
Catia-Advanced4
CAD 226A
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8 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to Unigraphics 3D modeling software.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 111
Unigraphics8
CAD 228
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses additional topics in the use of Unigraphics.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 226A
Unigraphics-Intermediate4
CAD 229
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses advanced topics in the use of Unigraphics.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 228
Unigraphics-Advanced4
CAD 231A
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8 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to Pro/ENGINEER 3D modeling software.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 111
Pro/ENGINEER8
CAD 233
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses additional topics in the use of Pro/ENGINEER.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 231A
Pro/ENGINEER-Intermediate4
CAD 234
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses advanced topics in the use of Pro/ENGINEER.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 233
Pro/ENGINEER-Advanced4
CAD 236A
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8 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to SolidWorks 3D modeling software.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 111
SolidWorks8
CAD 238
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses additional topics in the use of Solidworks.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 236A
Solidworks-Intermediate4
CAD 239
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses advanced topics in the use of Solidworks. These topics include Advance Surface creation, importing/exporting IGES, STEP, ACIS Files and advance technologies in Simulation and Animation.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 238
Solidworks-Advanced4
CAD 241
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces tool design and tool making, covering tool-making practices and materials, design methods, and the design of jigs, fixtures, and other production tools. Design problems will be approached utilizing manufacturers' symbol libraries and/or standard component templates.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 112
Tool Design4
CAD 242
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces topics in product design and development. Fundamentals in design of simple products including design constraints, material selection, strength, failure mode analysis, ergonomics, and cost analysis are explored. Designing for assembly, cost, maintenance, and other DFx topics are explored. Creative design and matrix selection are reviewed.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 112
Product Design4
CAD 243
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces design topics related to machine tool and equipment design. Included topics are inventive design for functionality, safety, reliability, cost, maintainability and manufacturability. Human-machine interface considerations are also explored.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 112
Equipment Design4
CAD 244
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces methods and practices used in the design of vehicles. Topics include: body design, interiors, powertrain, and other systems related to automobiles and other vehicles. Additional topics such as related regulatory standards QS9000, EMC, and design methodologies (i.e. C3P) will also be included.

Prerequisite(s):
CAD 112
Vehicle Design4
General Education Requirements24 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Workplace Communication4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 101

Program Description

Everything we use in our day-to-day lives has been designed by someone. CAD Designers use computer aided techniques for the creation of 3D models and production drawings. Computer aided design is used in all industries including entertainment, healthcare, commercial food preparation, packaging, aerospace, furniture, and automotive manufacturing. This program prepares graduates for positions as designers with a focus on total design along with the communication/integration of the design of related parts or components. Students will learn to create 2D drawings and 3D models as well as obtain knowledge of manufacturing processes such as welding and sheet metal, engineering materials, and the use of precision measuring tools. Graduates may find positions in design areas such as product design, machine design, gage and fixture design, or in preparing CAD drawings/models for publication on the Web.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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[Baker] really helps to develop the critical thinking that's necessary in this field.

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