This program is intended for students pursuing careers in the field of Mechanical CAD. Mechanical drafters create the graphics used in the mechanical engineering field. Students may also use the training offered in the mechanical specialization to prepare for transfer to a university program. Students who choose the Mechanical Specialization career track are often employed by mechanical engineering firms. CAD software used in this program includes Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, Mastercam, and PTC Creo.

At the completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree with a Mechanical CAD Specialization, students will be able to (PSLOs):

  • Utilize CAD software to plan and prepare documents and technical graphics appropriate to the mechanical engineering industry.
  • Generate code from CAD/CAM software to operate a 3-axis CNC milling machine to manufacture a mechanical part.
  • Illustrate correct usage of ASME Y14.5 and other associated mechanical standards in technical graphics of capstone projects.


Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the A&E CAD department’s Mechanical CAD Coordinator, Kim Duren, before pursuing this program.

Degree Plan

A.A.S. – Architectural & Engineering CAD – Mechanical Specialization Degree Plan