Students acquire comprehensive skills in the following technical areas: Fundamentals of Drafting, Technical Drawing, Process Pipe Drafting, Processes of Manufacturing, Geometric Tolerancing (GD&T), Metals Fabrication Drafting and Power Transmission Design. Student’s CAD skills are developed with a comprehensive exposure to the latest software releases of AutoCAD®, Autodesk Inventor®, SolidWorks®, and Pro/Engineer®.
Jobs in the CAD industry are abundant and range from Mechanical Drafter, Designer, CAD Designer, CAD Operator, CAD/CAM Specialist, Project Designer, and Installation Drafter.
Students in the CAD Engineering program at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology have the opportunity to be a member of the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA). Membership in this organization allows students to connect with business and industry and strengthens student’s ability to find jobs upon graduation.
Ian Zechman, a 2012 Computer Aided Drafting graduate, discusses the opportunities he has had in his life and the responsibilities of his job at Pyrotek based on his education at Thaddeus Stevens College.
"I knew this is where I was supposed to be."
“I went to a (different) college right out of HS, and I hated everything about it. I hated learning out of a book, and I hated being in classroom full of students where your professor didn’t even know your name. So I came to an open house at Thaddeus Stevens and talked to Mr. Knapp, who told me about how you actually go up into the shop and you get to build things, you get to make things, and put your hand on materials and you’re just not going to sit behind a computer. I left that day smiling from ear to ear, and I knew this is where I was supposed to be.
“We get a taste of everything that has to do with drafting, from gear drives and geometric tolerances to even welding. I would recommend it to anybody over a four-year college. Two years goes fast, so try it out for two years. And if you like it enough, you can even go on and get your bachelors in it.
“I admit there are not many females in drafting, but I wouldn’t let that intimidate you. A lot of companies are looking to bring in more female drafters, because it’s an important part showing who a company is and who they’re about. I definitely want to be able to move up in a company to a project engineer or project designer.”