2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology, AAS

Program Description

Code 220 - 61.16 Credits

The Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program at Kellogg Community College prepares students to enter the career of draftsmen or detailer, as well as those already working in the industry who need to upgrade their skills for new responsibilities or career growth. The program includes a rigorous curriculum of classroom and hands-on lab experiences that prepare the student for success in small or large businesses. Successful completion of program requirements provides the student with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology.

Every manufactured product in the world must be defined in the form of solid models and/or engineering drawings performed by a drafter or designer. In defining a product, an extensive process of design and evaluation must take place before it is ready to be manufactured. The drafter, who is the key link in the design engineering and manufacturing steps, must possess a working knowledge of design principles, material properties, and manufacturing processes to bring together the final product design using models and working drawings. The drafter uses CAD (Computer-Aided Drafting) technology to produce the necessary design models and detail drawings. At Kellogg Community College, CAD technology is introduced at the very beginning of the curriculum and is used throughout the program for the completion of drawings and models.

The Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program uses two of the most popular CAD packages in the industry, AutoCAD® and SolidWorks®, to produce all models and drawings. As reflected in the curriculum, CAD majors are required to complete a variety of technical subjects relating to design including materials science, manufacturing processes, mathematics, and physics. This provides the student with the foundation of knowledge needed to successfully function in an engineering environment.

Service-Learning Requirement

Students who obtain an Associate degree or an Associate of Applied Science degree will be required to complete a service-learning experience. The final grade in the course must qualify for academic credit in order to receive the service-learning endorsement. Please contact an Academic Advisor for courses that offer a service-learning experience, or search in the class schedules.

Prerequisite Requirements

Strong reading skills and some background in mathematics are recommended prior to attempting courses in the Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program.


See the following link for program admission information: https://kellogg.edu/admissions/.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Conceptualize and apply the drawing environment for technical drawing and design, engineering drawing and design, and architectural drawing and design.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of technology.
  3. Develop the ability to think critically.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate.
  5. Demonstrate project management techniques.

Required General Education Courses

All Students who obtain an Associate degree or an Associate of Applied Science degree must complete the FYS 101 - First-Year Seminar   course with a grade of a C or higher. This degree requirement can also be achieved by earning a degree from an accredited institution or transferring 24 or more credits from another accredited institution applicable to their degree. See an Academic Advisor, or connect with the Integrative Learning Department, for course completion and/or any questions pertaining to the FYS course.

Required Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Courses


For more Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program information, see the program webpage: https://kellogg.edu/academics/areas-of-study/science-mathematics-engineering/cad/.

To apply to the Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program and begin mapping your course sequence, use this link advising@kellogg.edu to make an appointment with an academic advisor.