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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD): Mechanical, Process Piping and Control, A.A.S.

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Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:   Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code:           5303
SUNY Code:            6420
Major Code:            CADD

The Career

The field of design and drafting, a vital and expanding career, has been greatly affected by full-automation using computer aided design drafting (CADD). The NCCC Computer Aided Design and Drafting program continues to be on the leading edge of this advanced technology.

The NCCC Approach

The knowledge of CADD obtained at NCCC will greatly enhance students’ career potential. The fully automated CADD program emphasizes technical design. At the same time, students will develop a full understanding of industrial systems that will prepare them for a career using CADD in mechanical, piping, civil/architecture or electrical design drafting in a variety of settings that include light and heavy industry, civil and architectural offices and related businesses. All beginning and application-level courses use fully automated technology.

Through electives students may develop an area of specialization. They may choose to develop their potential in the fields of process piping, civil/architecture, electrical design or mechanical (machine) design drafting.

The NCCC program is the only one of its kind, providing a unique blend of design, drafting and CADD applications as required by industry. The program has several articulation agreements with four-year engineering technology programs including RIT, Alfred State and SUNY College at Buffalo.


Students admitted in fall, spring and summer.  Applicants should have a minimum of Integrated Algebra or equivalent algebra at the college level.

Because of the sequencing of courses, it may take more than four semesters of full-time study if a student begins this program in a spring semester.

It is possible to obtain advanced standing by taking appropriate technology preparation (Tech-Prep) course(s) in high school.

Dual Admissions

State University College/Empire State

Program Requirements (CADD)

  1. A total of at least 64-credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Technology: A minimum of 39-credit hours to include:
    DRF 173L - Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting Design Lab  
    DRF 181L - Civil/Architectural Commercial Drafting Lab  
    DRF 182L - Process Piping Draft - CADD Lab  
    DRF 275L - Advanced Computer Aided Design & Drafting Lab  
    DRF 283L - Mechanical Design (CADD) Lab  
    DRF 286L - ASME Pressure Vessel & Structural Design CADD Lab  
    ELT 250L - Electrical Design Draft CADD Lab  
    MET 260L - Hydraulics and Pneumatics Lab  
  3. Humanities: A minimum of 6-credit hours to include:
  4. Health/Physical Education: A minimum of 2-credit hours.
  5. Mathematics: A minimum of 8-credit hours
  6. Social Sciences: A minimum of 6-credit hours to include:
    ___  ___    Social Sciences  elective
  7. Technical Electives: A minimum of 3-credit hours to be chosen from any of the following:
    DRF 277 - Mechanical CADD Applications 
    DRF 287 - Piping Plant Design CADD  
    ELT 110/110L - Principles of Electricity and Lab  
    GEO 111 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 
    MET 125/125L - Processes and Lab  

Typical Program

Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 16

Fourth Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16


* Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students. Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships. The NCCC Foundation/Scholarship Office is located within the Foundation Office, A-265 or by phone (716) 614-5910.

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