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ew name, two new pathways:
ew name, two new pathways:
MCC's highly regarded Computer
MCC's highly regarded Computer
Aided Design (CAD) Program has
Aided Design (CAD) Program has
undergone major changes.
undergone major changes.
Starting this fall, the totally revamped
Starting this fall, the totally revamped
associate in science degree program, now
associate in science degree program, now
known as Engineering Technology - CAD, will
known as Engineering Technology - CAD, will
offer two pathways to success. One prepares
offer two pathways to success. One prepares
two-year career-program students to better meet
two-year career-program students to better meet
industry demands, according to Professor Patrick
industry demands, according to Professor Patrick
Boyle, CAD Department Chairman.
Boyle, CAD Department Chairman.
The other pathway allows students interested in
The other pathway allows students interested in
pursuing a career in engineering but who are
pursuing a career in engineering but who are
not yet ready for college-level math to enroll
not yet ready for college-level math to enroll
in the CAD "Engineering On-Ramp" and stay on
in the CAD "Engineering On-Ramp" and stay on
track toward an engineering degree.
track toward an engineering degree.
"I've been teaching 33 years and we constantly
"I've been teaching 33 years and we constantly
make changes to our CAD program," explained
make changes to our CAD program," explained
Boyle. "It's very complicated and you have to
Boyle. "It's very complicated and you have to
keep up with all the new software.
keep up with all the new software.
"However, what we've done over the last year
"However, what we've done over the last year
is rewrite the curriculum for the entire program.
is rewrite the curriculum for the entire program.
And, by changing our name to Engineering
And, by changing our name to Engineering
Technology - CAD, students may look at our
Technology - CAD, students may look at our
program and say, `I want to be an engineer.'
program and say, `I want to be an engineer.'
"That doesn't mean everyone needs to be an
"That doesn't mean everyone needs to be an
engineer," he stressed. "But it allows CAD
engineer," he stressed. "But it allows CAD
students a better pathway to the possibility of
students a better pathway to the possibility of
becoming an engineer."
becoming an engineer."
Computer Aided Design and engineering
Computer Aided Design and engineering
are closely related, Boyle explained. "When
are closely related, Boyle explained. "When
designing projects or products, the whole team
designing projects or products, the whole team
requires drawings. We teach 3-D modeling so the
requires drawings. We teach 3-D modeling so the
engineers can see how all the mechanical parts
engineers can see how all the mechanical parts
fit together. Through CAD, we can also do
fit together. Through CAD, we can also do
analysis on those parts and simulate how
analysis on those parts and simulate how
to manufacture them.
to manufacture them.
"Engineering colleges use very sophisticated CAD
"Engineering colleges use very sophisticated CAD
software to train their students," he said. "In our
software to train their students," he said. "In our
program, we do more of it."
program, we do more of it."
In fact, pursuing a CAD degree can be the ticket
In fact, pursuing a CAD degree can be the ticket
to a very successful career within engineering,
to a very successful career within engineering,
according to Boyle. "Our program has been a
according to Boyle. "Our program has been a
leader in the field for years. You get your two-
leader in the field for years. You get your two-
year degree from Middlesex and you can go to
year degree from Middlesex and you can go to
work. We don't have enough graduating CAD
work. We don't have enough graduating CAD
students to fill all the jobs notices I receive."
students to fill all the jobs notices I receive."
On the other hand, some students may have
On the other hand, some students may have
their sights set on becoming engineers. However,
their sights set on becoming engineers. However,
the key to engineering is mathematics and it
the key to engineering is mathematics and it
all starts with "Calculus I." "If you're not calculus
all starts with "Calculus I." "If you're not calculus
ready, you won't make it in an engineering
ready, you won't make it in an engineering
program," said Boyle.
program," said Boyle.
FACULTY
Focus
Why is STEM important? STEM helps us understand and use the technology and science of things in our lives, which can make a better
living environment for all.
What do you like best about teaching? Teaching keeps me thinking young and allows me to learn and explore new things in technology. At the college
level, and in a diverse community like Middlesex, you can encounter people of different cultures, ethnicities and religions and with different learning
styles, philosophies and backgrounds that enable you to grow as a person.
Favorite classroom moment? Helping students complete design projects.
Patrick Boyle
Professor Engineering Technology - CAD, Department Chairman
Program Redesign Creates Two
Strong Pathways One to Engineering
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN
The new Engineering On-Ramp pathway requires
The new Engineering On-Ramp pathway requires
students to take specific electives that prepare
students to take specific electives that prepare
them for and fulfill requirements in MCC's
them for and fulfill requirements in MCC's
Engineering Science Transfer Program. Almost
Engineering Science Transfer Program. Almost
half the courses in that "on-ramp" pathway are
half the courses in that "on-ramp" pathway are
transferable to UMass Lowell's engineering
transferable to UMass Lowell's engineering
program, Boyle added.
program, Boyle added.
"With these two new CAD pathways, students
"With these two new CAD pathways, students
can take the lowest-level math courses. Or, if they
can take the lowest-level math courses. Or, if they
think they might like engineering, we want them
think they might like engineering, we want them
to take more challenging math/science courses.
to take more challenging math/science courses.
"It gives them a CAD career option, and it also
"It gives them a CAD career option, and it also
leaves the door open for an academic option at a
leaves the door open for an academic option at a
higher level of engineering."
higher level of engineering."
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Kathy Register
Kathy Register
Engineering Technology CAD Chairman Patrick Boyle
works with a student on a 3-D modeling project.