Computerized Design & Manufacturing Department

Karen M. Young, Chair

Phone: (607) 587-3182; Email:

The Computerized Design & Manufacturing department has three exciting and very rewarding areas of study: the drafting/CAD programs, the machine tool technology program, and welding.

Addressing the ever-increasing need for professionally trained CAD drafters, the drafting/CAD programs provide graduates with necessary skills and knowledge to successfully compete for entry-level positions. Graduates of our programs will have successfully completed 1,800 hours as follows: 120 hours of applicable math and 30 hours of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. The balance is instruction of drafting techniques and concepts on students’ laptops using AutoCAD, or NX8 software. The first year’s work is directed toward the student’s gaining a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of drafting principles, tolerancing, manufacturing processes, procedures, and applied mathematics. The student’s senior year is devoted to the discipline of the student’s choice.

With the rising demand for skilled machine operators and machinists, the machine tool technology programs provide graduates with skills needed to perform well in an industrial setting. Manual machine tools are used extensively for the first year of the program. The second year of the machine tool technology program offers the use of computer numerical control machine tools as well as cutting-edge software and advanced machine techniques.

Graduates of the machine tool programs successfully complete 1,800 class hours as follows: 120 hours of related math and 120 hours of print reading; the balance is machine instruction and programming.

Graduates of the welding program will have successfully completed 1,800 hours of related course work. The welding program offers hands-on and classroom training in the skills necessary to become certified as an entry-level welder. The program is taught according to the standards set by the American Welding Society and features newly equipped labs. Students learn MIG, TIG, stick arc, plasma, Flux Core, Shielded Metal Arc, and Oxy-Fuel welding processes on state-of-the-art equipment from Lincoln and Miller, among others. In addition, fundamentals of welding metallurgy, testing and inspection, blueprint reading, fabrication, and industrial-related special welding processes are incorporated in the program. Welding students are given the opportunity to take certification tests after successful completion of their welding course.

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 & Manufacturing department. These opportunities allow the student to interact in a professional work environment. 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


The drafting facilities 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.

The first-year machine tool lab is equipped with manually operated machines (lathes, mills, shapers, grinders, etc. and appropriate tooling), establishing a solid machining foundation upon which to continue. Acquisition of equipment stems from a $1,000,000 grant from the Gleason Foundation. This equipment allows students to use the most up-to-date technology available. The second-year machine tool technology program is located in an actual industrial setting. The second-year machine tool student will be instructed in the use of CNC machine tools and may apply this knowledge in a shadowing experience in the host companies’ facilities.

The welding shop, established using a $300,000 federal Appalachian Regional Commission grant, houses 20 individual welding booths, each with an adjustable exhaust pickup. It contains heavy-duty industrial grade welders, TIG, MIG, Oxy-fuel, and arc welders along with oxy-fuel and plasma cutters. Hydraulic bend tester and grinders comprise the equipment in this facility. 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.



Machine Tool Technology (AOS)

Welding Technology (AOS)