Program: Minor in Automation and CAD/CAM


Many professional career positions are in functional areas in which knowledge and skills in automation technology and in computer-aided design and manufacturing are an integral part of the product design and implementation processes. This minor is structured to augment undergraduate studies in engineering and related areas so as to facilitate student opportunities for access to and achievement in these professional career positions. Some students may find it necessary to complete selected prerequisite courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics and/or engineering.

Note: The minor cannot be taken by students who major in MSE or EM in the MSEM Department. It can only be taken by students outside the MSEM Department.

Program Requirements

1. Required Courses (9 units)

MSE 248/L Engineering CAD and Graphics (2/1)
MSE 410/L Manufacturing Systems Modeling and Lab (2/1)
MSE 409/L Fundamentals of Computer-Aided Manufacturing and Lab (2/1)

2. Elective Courses (9 units)

Each student must complete three elective courses at the 400-, 500-level, that have been selected with the guidance of a faculty advisor. The courses selected are expected to be consistent with student background and interests, as well as Program suitability and coherence. All electives must be approved in advance by the Department.

Total Units in the Minor: 18

More information

If you would like more information about this program, please contact


Chair: Ahmad Sarfaraz
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 4510
(818) 677-2167

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Enhance knowledge and skills in CAD and CAM software
  2. Develop knowledge of the principles of manufacturing systems modeling
  3. Increase student knowledge in Computer-Aided Manufacturing
  4. Enable student intellectual growth in automation technology in areas such as CAD, CAM, CNC, 3D printing, and robotics
  5. Prepare students to meet the needs of the industrial community in automation CAD/CAM positions