CURRICULAR GUIDE

CAD/CAM Technician
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Curriculum Code: 0892  (Effective Fall 2000 - Summer 2005)

This curriculum is intended for students planning to pursue a career in
mechanical computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM). Graduates often
seek employment with companies who expect their CAD operators to also be
computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tool path programmers as well as
designers. The increase in the level of sophistication of computer-aided
design systems has necessitated that the designer assist in the creation of
the tool path or support machinists engaged in this task. Responsibilities
include graphically representing engineering math data and generating the
necessary instruction for computer controlled lathes, mills, and automated
machine tools, both manually and electronically. CAD/CAM technicians are
employed by manufacturing companies, machine shops, and die design and
construction shops in many areas of the automotive, aerospace, and special
machinery manufacturing market. Not all courses in this program transfer to
all colleges. Students planning to transfer should see an academic advisor or
counselor before enrolling in any course.

Students should see the "Course Descriptions" section of this catalog or the
Course Schedule for course prerequisite information.  Basic skills assessment
and advising information may be found on page 8 of this catalog.

General education is an important part of this program and includes a
mathematics competency requirement.  To fulfill the mathematics competency
requirement, students may need to complete specific course work in
mathematics.  For information on how to fulfill all general education
requirements, see page 23.

Contact the Technology Careers Department, Gannon Vocational-Technical Center,
Room 136, telephone number (517) 483-1336.

REQUIREMENTS                                                TOTAL:  44 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
CNCP 110    Foundations of CNC Programming                                   4
CNCP 130    Machine Controls and Setup                                       4
CNCP 210    Mastercam                                                        4
DTDS 101    Drafting I                                                       4
DTDS 102    Drafting II                                                      4
DTDS 103    Geometric Tolerancing                                            2
DTDS 104    Descriptive Geometry                                             4
MACH 100    Manufacturing Processes                                          4
MACH 105    Machine Tool Survey                                              3
MACH 110    Machine Tool Technology I                                        4
MACH 111    Machine Tool Technology II                                       4
MATH 141    Calculus with Applications                                       3

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                                 TOTAL:  28 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                            12 Credits
(See the "GENERAL EDUCATION" section above)
            Writing Core Area                                                3
            Speech Communication Core Area                                   3
            Science/Technology Core Area                                     3
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area                      3
            Mathematics Competency (See page 23 for information on
            how to fulfill this requirement. Course work may be needed.)

CHOICE 2:   Physics                                                  4 Credits
PHYS 200    Applied Physics                                                  4
PHYS 201    Introductory Physics I                                           4

CHOICE 3:   Computer Graphics (Choose one subchoice. See Note 1)    12 Credits
Subchoice 3A
DTDS 131    AutoCAD Basic 2-D                                                4
DTDS 132    AutoCAD Advanced 3-D                                             4
DTDS 233    AutoCAD Mechanical Desktop                                       4

Subchoice 3B
DTDS 180    Unigraphics I                                                    4
DTDS 181    Unigraphics II                                                   4
DTDS 182    Unigraphics III                                                  4

            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   72
1.    The Computer Graphics series (Choice 3, 12 credits) may be replaced by
      another approved computer graphics software package available through
      the Drafting and Design Program. See a Drafting and Design program
      advisor for more information.
2.    Some prerequisites to courses may be waived based on experience. See an
      advisor for more information.

Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have
transferred in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill)
should contact an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.

I                 II                III               IV
DTDS 101          DTDS 102          CNCP 110          CNCP 130
MACH 100          DTDS 103          DTDS 104          CNCP 210
MACH 105          MACH 110          MACH 111          Lim.Ch.1
MATH 141          Lim.Ch.2          Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.1
Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.3          Lim.Ch.3          Lim.Ch.3