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Design & Drafting Technology
Bachelor of Science Degree
Offering its first drafting class in 1904, the University of Central Missouri has a strong reputation for teaching Design & Drafting Technology courses. With evolving technology, and the demand for educated professionals increasing each year, the university's School of Technology continues to prepare graduates for challenging and rewarding careers in computer-aided drafting and design (CADD).
One of only four baccalaureate programs in the country, Central Missouri's Design & Drafting Technology program enrolls the largest number of declared Design & Drafting Technology majors of any university in the state. The American Design Drafting Association tests and certifies students upon graduation. This is the only four-year baccalaureate Design & Drafting Technology program accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
The school's Design & Drafting Technology program enjoys an excellent reputation as a national leader in the preparation of qualified, successful graduates. Many companies compete vigorously to hire graduates of this program.
Design & Drafting Technology prepares individuals for technical positions leading to design and management opportunities in industry. Graduates of this program have a broad-based background in CADD and elect an area of specialization tailored to their career goals. The areas of specialization include: Mechanical (Product/Machine) Design, Architectural/Structural, MEP (Mechanical, Electrical & Piping/ Plumbing) Systems, Civil/GIS, and Computer Graphics.
All Design & Drafting Technology students must complete an internship to utilize classroom and laboratory principles and theories in actual work situations. Internships are usually scheduled during the last half of an undergraduate program. Students earn from one to six semester hours of credit upon completion of an internship.
Central Missouri's CADD facilities house more than 80 computers for student use and are among the most technologically advanced in the Midwest. CADD labs are equipped with the latest workstations housing the most up-to-date software. Whether it's traditional drafting, computer drafting, or threedimensional modeling, students can be assured that with UCM's Design & Drafting Technology program, they will be confident in their skills upon graduation.
About the Faculty
Students learn from highly experienced full-time faculty members who provide individualized student program advisement. The university's modest student-faculty ratio allows students to benefit from personalized attention. Faculty members are active in research and writing, and they participate in workshops and seminars to stay current in their field.
Students are encouraged to supplement their academic programs through participation in campus organizations of special professional, service and academic interest. The student chapter of the American Design Drafting Association helps keep students current with events and activities in their career field. The American Institute of Building Design student chapter allows students to interface with professional designers and expand their opportunities in building design.
UCM's Office of Career Services assists students seeking internships, summer and campus jobs, part-time, and full-time employment. They also provide assistance with writing cover letters and resumes and offer a career library, mock interviews, and career counseling. The office also serves representatives of business, government, industry, and education who are looking for prospective employees. Over 700 employers visit UCM each year to conduct interviews on campus. Career Services may be reached at 660-543-4985 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their website at www.ucmo.edu/career/students/.
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