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Computerized Design and Manufacturing

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Computerized Design and Manufacturing

Karen Young, Chair
Phone : 607-587-3182
Secretary phone : 607-587-3115
Email : youngkk@alfredstate.edu

The Computerized Design & Manufacturing Department has three areas of study: drafting/CAD, machine tool technology, and welding. Each program provides 1,800 hours of related course work, theory, and hands-on practice, providing graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to be highly successful in these dynamic fields.


Strive to provide employers with entry-level technicians who are capable of functioning in and adapting to a rapidly changing environment.

Technical Standards for Drafting/CAD

Applicants in any of the drafting/CAD programs must meet the following physical requirements:

  1. Must be able to visually read computer monitor or laptop.
  2. Must be capable of using digitizing equipment.
  3. Must have good hand/eye coordination to operate the above.

Technical Standards for Welding & Machine Tool

Applicants for the welding and machine tool programs in the Computerized Design and Manufacturing Department must meet the following physical requirements:

  1. Must be able to perform safely in the shop.
  2. Must be able to lift 50 pounds to eye level.
  3. Must be able to communicate orally with a person between six and 10 feet away in a shop environment.
  4. Must be able to visually decipher an oscilloscope monitor and digital/analog meter, and scan tool displays.
  5. Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.
  6. Must be able to understand and retain information found in service repair manuals and use diagnostic flow charts.
  7. Must be able to visually read an LCD display on welding equipment.
  8. Must have the dexterity and mobility to weld in all the welding positions to meet all requirements.
  9. Good eyesight is recommended.

Industrial internships are available to all students of the Alfred State Computerized Design and Manufacturing Department. Upon successful completion, appropriate college credit is applied to the student’s record as applies.

Please refer to the most current required tool list on the Alfred State website at www.alfredstate.edu/tool-lists.


  • Drafting/CAD labs – 3-D plotter and laser cutting simulate typical industrial settings. Plotting media, scanning equipment, and various projection systems are used in the delivery of daily lectures and presentations. Students work using cutting-edge software on their own notebook computer.
  • Machine tool labs – This lab is equipped with lathes, mills, shapers, grinders, etc., and appropriate tools acquired from a $1,000,000 grant from the Gleason Foundation. The second-year machine tool technology program is located in an actual industrial setting, where students are instructed in the use of CNC machine tools, and may apply this knowledge in a shadowing experience in the host companies’ facilities.
  • Welding shop – The shop, established using a $300,000 federal Appalachian Regional Commission grant, houses 20 individual welding booths with adjustable exhaust pickups. It contains industrial grade welders—TIG, MIG, Oxy-fuel, and arc—along with oxy-fuel and plasma cutters and hydraulic bend testers and grinders. In our senior welding lab, tools used in the fabrication industry will be used. This impressive facility is located adjacent to our machine tool center at a local industrial park.


Drafting/CAD (AOS)
Machine Tool Technology (AOS)
Welding Technology (AOS)