Computer Aided Design @NCC

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CAD Associate Degree Program

Northampton Community College's Computer Aided Design degree opens the door to countless career options as a designer, technician, illustrator, and more. This 2-year program teaches students about the growing field of computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) concepts and is great for people who like to design, develop, and help make existing products even better. With both CAD and CADD classes, you'll learn how to create mechanical designs for product parts, assemblies, and system configurations.

At NCC, you will gain exceptional hands-on experience that will prepare you for the professional world and teach you the necessary skills to gain an entry-level position. Our curriculum covers theoretical topics such as algebra and trigonometry, as well as practical matters such as engineering graphics and electrical fundamentals. 

Computer Aided Design Curriculum

Northampton Community College provides the tools needed for career success by offering a curriculum that utilizes the latest software and technology including digital manufacturing and 3D Printing. Students are guided through problem-solving activities and design projects that promote individual and team effort, as well as creativity. Graduates study key skills that lead to successful careers in CAD, including work breakdown structure (WBS), presentation best practices, and how to work both independently and as a team. 

Our computer design program has a small professor-to-student ratio, which allows you to build relationships and experience a more personal touch in our interactive classes. Students take courses such as Engineering Graphics, Manufacturing Processes, and Parametric Modeling, and also participate in design projects.

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Careers in Computer Aided Design

You can expect to advance to careers in a number of industries including aerospace, architecture, civil, electrical, engineering, fire protection, marine, mechanical, process piping, or structural. CAD designers will mainly be responsible for the creation and improvement of assembly drawings, subassembly and component design, detail drawings, etc. 

Similar to other workers who primarily use computers to do their work, CAD personnel usually work indoors and full time, although overtime is not uncommon. A CAD Drafter or CAD Designer's main duty is to assist in maintaining a company's product development needs. A mechanical designer must work in harmony with product development engineers in performing tasks such as making the necessary changes in designs, models, or drawings, and engaging in meetings that focus on design reviews.

NCC students and graduates have access to our career placement and counseling services. Earning your associate degree in computer-aided design will prepare you to start a career as a:

Computer Aided Design Career Paths

  • CAD Designer
  • CAD Technician
  • CAD Operator
  • CAD Detailer
  • CAD Draftsperson
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Mechanical Designer

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