Technical Designers are at the start of all product design and advanced manufacturing processes today. They have extensive knowledge of software programs to produce complex, detailed digital assets, surface and solid models and more.
up to ~5,000 hours of On-the-Job Training
500 Hours of Related Technical Instruction in:
Computer Design Software,
CAD / CAM Technical Designers utilize their extensive software knowledge to produce complex projects involving 2D images (surface modeling) and 3D images (solid modeling). They are able to analyze a problem using their mathematical and engineering background and come up with a creative solution. CAD/CAM Technical Designers are working closely with the Engineering team and customers on a variety of projects.
Apprentices will attend community college courses that are integrated with the On the Job training. The coursework will be an Associate’s Degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing and (or also knowns as Computer Aided Design Technology). Courses include Technical Drafting, Introduction to Design, Materials, and Processes, Math for Technologies, Computer Numerical Control, 3D Solid Modeling, Materials, Machining, Technical Communication.
Additional certification that is provided during the pre-apprenticeship program and/or during the apprenticeship program’s curriculum may be delivered in a classroom format or online over a robust enterprise platform that enables 24/7 access to training content and tracks skill gain against competency models. The curriculum includes classes in basic electrical and their components, motor control, wiring, power distribution, hydraulics, pneumatics and robotics. For example, in Mechatronics Industrial Processes, apprentices learn how engineering materials are gathered and processed for use. The course covers principles of production planning, inventory management and the operating and troubleshooting of industrial equipment. Students who successfully pass the course will sit for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council's (MSSC) Processes and Production and Maintenance Awareness exams towards achievement of the Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential.
Upon completion the CAD/CAM Technical Designer Apprentices receive: