Computer Aided Design and Engineering Technology - Computer Aided Engineering Option (CAD.CAE.AAS)

Associate in Applied Science

Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology

Auburn Hills Campus

This program leads to an associate in applied science degree with a specialization in CAD Engineering Technology. Program graduates are encouraged to transfer to one of OCC’s four-year university partners and continue their education in Engineering Technology; however, graduates are prepared for occupations and careers in engineering and manufacturing industries. Rapid Prototyping and co-op opportunities enhance their learning experience.

The CAD Engineering option focuses on design with an emphasis on concepts and applications of CAD Engineering Technologies. CAE covers subjects such as: the applications and principles of kinematics in design, concepts and techniques of finite element modeling for stress analysis / non-destructive testing, techniques and applications of solid modeling, and CNC tool path generation for CAD models.

High school graduates who completed state-approved career and technical education (CTE) programs may be eligible to receive college credit for work completed while in high school.  Detailed information can be obtained by contacting an OCC Counseling Office or by visiting

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Major Requirements
CAD 1101Introduction to CAD4
CAD 1105Animation Design3
CAD 1201Introduction to Engineering Graphics4
CAD 14501Drafting and Design Co-op Internship 3
CAD 2102Fundamentals of Part Design and Its Applications4
CAD 2151Introduction to Generative Surface Design4
DDT 1000Fundamentals for the Drafting Industry3
MAT 11502Intermediate Algebra (or higher level math except MAT 1525, MAT 2530 or MAT 2540) 3-4
IST 1800Manufacturing Processes3
Select one of the following ENG courses:3-4
Business Communications 3
Writing and Reading for Problem Solving 3
Composition I 3-6
Composition I Enhanced4
Composition I with Support6
Professional Communication 4
Required Supportive Courses
CAD 1050Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)4
CAD 1501Special Topics in CAD: Fusion 360 Design2
CAD 2131Product Design4
CAD 2141Kinematics3
CAD 2161Finite Element Modeling and Analysis3
Select one of the following:4
Applied Technology 4
College Physics I4
Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses54-56
General Education Requirements
Communication / English (3-credits)3
Fine Arts / Humanities (3-credits)3
Mathematics / Science (3-credits)
Social Science (3-credits)3
Written Communication (3-credits)
Total Credit Hours63-65

One of the following may be used as a co-op substitution: CAD 2000CAD 2110, CAD 2340, CAD 2602, or CAD 2702.


Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.


Students transferring to other institutions should select ENG 1510.


If taking APP 2170, take MAT 1150.  If taking PHY 1610, take MAT 1560.

A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation.

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