Design and Manufacturing - Associate in Applied Science

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science
Office Contact
School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development: 313-845-9645,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-211
Faculty Contact
Guy Pizzino: 313-845-6331,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-117B

Program Description


This degree offers the opportunity to develop skills in both Computer-Aided Drafting/Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing/CNC. This multi-disciplinary program between HFC's CAD/Drafting and Machine Tool Technology departments is based in both CAD, CNC and Manufacturing technologies . Together these areas help students develop a foundation and the necessary hands-on experience that leads to better designed and manufactured products. Utilizing both disciplines, students who are successful gain a deeper appreciation for the resources and complexities that exist in each area independently, and as they work together in industry. Students develop and refine the skills and experience needed by entry-level and experienced CAD-CAM and CNC Operators.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Develop knowledge of career opportunities and demonstrate the requisite entry-level CAD and industrial drafting skills for the manufacturing industry.
  2. Utilize drafting principles to read and comprehend a part drawing.
  3. Apply and layout dimensions on a part drawing for manufacturing.
  4. Create a part design using 3-D CAD software program.
  5. Create a basic or complex part on non-computerized industry standard machining and turning equipment.
  6. Create complete complex parts on computer controlled machining centers.
  7. Create complete complex parts on computer controlled turning centers.
  8. Utilize appropriate technology to solve complex problems through critical analysis in the machining environment.
  9. Synthesize information using numerical control software to complete three-dimensional parts on computer controlled milling and turning centers.
Career Opportunities
  • CAD Drafter
  • CAD Detailer
  • CAD Designer
  • CAD Manager
  • Designer
  • Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • CATIA Designer
  • SolidWorks Designer
  • NX Designer
  • CNC Set-up Technician
  • CNC Operator
  • CNC Programmer

General Education

Category 1: English Composition
Complete ENG-131 or ENG-131A or ENG-131H.
Category 2: English Composition or Communications
Complete ENG-135.
Category 3: Mathematics
Complete MATH-100.
Category 4: Social Sciences
Complete any one.
Credit Hours

See General Education Requirements for details.

Program Requirements

Required Support Courses
Course Name Credit Hours

Complete the required courses within one of the following two concentrations. Consult with the program lead or faculty chair to determine the appropriate concentration for you.

Credit Hours: 25
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Winter 2024 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.