Computer Aided Drafting and Design is the process of visualizing and developing three-dimensional drawings that production workers use to fabricate and assemble products. Students will develop entry-level drafting skills on state-of-the-art equipment and software used in industry today. The Willmar campus program is certified for the design draftsman level by the American Institute for Design and Drafting. The Hutchinson and Willmar campuses use CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) software such as AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop, and Pro-Engineer. The Hutchinson campus offers a personalized, self-paced format as well as a structured format.
Course Outline
Required Courses
(20 Courses)
Course Title Credits
DRFT 1500 Drafting Basics
DRFT 1502 CAD I 3*
DRFT 1503 Interpreting Engineering Drawings
DRFT 1504 Technical Sketching
DRFT 1511 Intersections and Development
DRFT 1512 Dimensioning Principles
DRFT 2500 Design Drafting I
DRFT 2501 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3*
DRFT 2502 Fixture Design and Tooling
DRFT 2503 Parametric Design I
DRFT 2504 Electronic and Electrical Drawings
DRFT 2505 Computer Aided Manufacturing
DRFT 2506 Sheet Metal Design
DRFT 2510 Design Drafting II
DRFT 2512 Technical References
DRFT 2513 Parametric Design II
DRFT 2515 Parametric Design III
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
ENGL 123 Scientific and Technical Writing
Total Credits: 54  
Elective Courses
(select 4 credits from the courses below)
Course Title Credits
DRFT 1001 Principles of Engineering/Engineering Technology
DRFT 1506 Manufacturing Processes
DRFT 2900 Internship 1-6*
DRFT 2950 Special Projects/Topics 1-4*
GSWS 1401 Employment Preparation
MACT 1801 Fundamentals of Precision Manufacturing
WELD 2117 Welding for Drafters
Total Credits: 4  
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Course Title Credits
CMST 121 Introduction to Communication
SPCH 225 Small Group Communication
Total Credits: 3  
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
(select 8 credits from the courses below)
Choose one of the following combinations: MATH 112 and PHYS 101 or MATH 109 and PHYS 100 for a total of 8 credits.
Course Title Credits
MATH 109 Elements of Algebra & Trigonometry
MATH 112 College Algebra
PHYS 100 Concepts in Physics
PHYS 101 College Physics
Total Credits: 8  
Total AAS Degree Credits: 69  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.