CAD - CAM Technician

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Offers the opportunity to develop skills in both Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing/CNC. This multi-disciplinary program between HFC's Drafting/CAD and Machine Tool Technology departments is based in both CAD and CNC 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 Technicians.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Utilize drafting principles to read and comprehend a part drawing.
  • Apply and layout dimensions on a part drawing for manufacturing.
  • Create a part design using 3-D CAD software program.
  • Create orthographic views of a part design utilizing 3-D CAD software program.
  • Create section views of a part.
  • Create complete complex parts on computer controlled machining centers.
  • Create complete complex parts on computer controlled turning centers.
  • Synthesize information using numerical control software to complete three-dimensional parts on computer controlled milling and turning centers.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Applied Science degrees require at least 15 General Education credits total, including at least three credits from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society and Culture: Complete at least one of the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 16

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
63.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information: 

CATIA V5 Certification and Haas CNC Certification.

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Industrial Technology Division • (313) 845-9656 • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-172
Roger Weekes • (313) 317-1582 • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-164B

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Central Michigan University
  • Davenport University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Siena Heights University
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University
Career Opportunities: 
  • CAD Operator
  • Engineering Technician
  • CAD/CAM Technician
  • Designer
  • Drafter
  • Process Engineer
  • CNC Set-up Technician
  • CNC Operator
  • Sales & Service Technician
  • Quality Lab Technician