NEW ONLINE PROGRAM - What is Computer-Aided Design (CAD)? Learn more with an Online Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical Modeling Design at Kent State University

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CAD, or computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), is a technology for design and technical documentation, which replaces manual drafting with an automated process.

CAD is used in many sectors and services in areas of architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, education, and entertainment industries. Kent State University offers industry-standard software in a well-rounded curriculum to give you the skills needed to work in different capacities and areas of interest.

The new online Associate of Applied Science in Technical Modeling Design (AAS TMD) program has an emphasis on Computer-Aided Design (CAD) in both 2D, 3D, and solid modeling. That along with classes in areas of graphics, technical writing and programming will prepare individuals to apply technical skills for a wide range of jobs available locally, regionally, and nationwide.

What skills do I need to work in Technical Modeling Design?

Skills and Jobs

  • Image editing for artwork, illustrations, photographs, print, and web
    • Used by graphic designers, technical illustrators, web developers, and an important skill to list on your resume for every job
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) fundamentals to draw and edit digital 2D and 3D designs
    • CAD technicians are needed in almost every sector of work including mechanical, electrical, architectural, and engineering fields
  • Building-information modeling (BIM) for architectural design and 3D models
    • Architectural and BIM specialists works not only in architectural and engineering firms but are hired to create interior and virtual walk-throughs by real estate and property management companies
  • Parametric solid modeling fundamentals to create 3D parts, assemblies, and drawings
    • Work with engineering or marketing firms to create 3D models for prototyping, 3D printing, and product simulation
  • 3D computer graphics and sculpting to create highly detailed, realistic renderings and animations of objects, rooms, and terrain

Examples of possible careers include, but are not limited to:1

Architectural and Civil Drafters

  • 102,900 jobs
  • $57,500 potential earnings

Calibration Technologists and Technicians and Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters

  • 91,600 jobs
  • $64,190 potential earnings

Drafters

  • 15,200 jobs
  • $54,500 potential earnings

Electrical and Electronics Drafters

  • 25,300 jobs
  • $62,100 potential earnings

Mechanical Drafters

  • 57,500 jobs
  • $58,270 potential earnings

Why Kent State University?

Kent State Online can be the perfect place for you to prepare for a new career in the technical design field. The online Associate of Applied Science in Technical Modeling Design (AAS TMD) program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills for a wide range of jobs available locally, regionally, and nationwide.

Imagine being able to fully explore the principles and possibilities of creating independent and creative solutions to become design thinkers in a variety of technical professions. You will become proficient in all aspects of the design process, including planning, conceptualizing, designing, critical thinking, collaboration, and presentation.

More reasons to enroll in Kent State’s online AAS TMD:2

  • Affordable tuition costs
  • Scholarships are available to students across all majors
  • Many employers work with your class schedule to complete your degree
  • Internships and jobs are available while going to school in the areas of technical illustration, drafting, as well as 2D and 3D modeling
  • Credit hours earned in the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Technical Modeling Design count toward the Bachelor of Science degree in Animation Game Design

NEW PROGRAM! Enroll today in the online Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical Modeling Design at Kent State University

The online Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical Modeling Design prepares students for entry-level positions as technical illustrators, drafter/designer technicians in business and computer animation and game design industries, as well as in the field of multimedia development. Computer-aided design (CAD) is used throughout the program for computer modeling and multimedia development.

The degree program articulates with the CAD for Manufacturing undergraduate certificate, the Bachelor of Science degree in Animation Game Design , and other select bachelor’s degrees at Kent State. Although, we do note that these degree programs are not offered online.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate entry-level skills in technical writing and programming
  • Demonstrate comprehensive skills in two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and solid modeling as applied to complex computer-aided design technology
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibilities with real-world cases
  • Collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  • Demonstrate an ability for effective oral, graphic, and written communication
  • Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning

For more information on Kent State’s online Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical Modeling Design, visit https://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/degrees/associate-in-applied-science-technical-modeling-design.



1 Retrieved on March 23, 2022, from http://catalog.kent.edu/colleges/ap/technical-modeling-design-aas/

2 Retrieved on March 24, 2022, from https://www.kent.edu/tusc/technical-modeling-design

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