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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Computer Aided Drafting - Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD-CAM) (3073)

NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.

May 2007 - July 2024. *Test Retired by NOCTI July 1, 2024.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: identify hardware and software and operating system components; identify and apply computer terminology; view file names on a storage device; store, copy, move, and retrieve information to and from various drives; rename and backup files; interpret and read blueprints; interpret basic views and dimensions in a working drawing; interpret bilateral, unilateral, and limit dimensions; identify geometric tolerance symbols; interpret drawings, pictures, and symbols; set and manipulate drawing elements; create and manipulate line types and layers/levels; create and edit basic geometry by inputting coordinates; insert and manipulate text and fonts; create single and multiple auxiliary views of surfaces and objects; create and insert cells/blocks; Insert and manipulate dimensions; specify geometric tolerancing on drawings; generate a 2-D multiview drawing and a pictorial drawing; scale and print hard copy on output device; create an assembly in 2-D geometry; create a bill of materials; create and manipulate construction planes; generate and modify geometric components on construction planes; create a 2-D drawing from a 3-D model and create a 3-D model from a 2-D drawing, and create a 3-D model; demonstrate machine tool safety; identify personal and environmental safety considerations, properties of metals, parts of machine tools, and precision measurement techniques; measure an existing part to generate a drawing; select and set appropriate speeds and feeds; identify various cutting tools for machine operations; estimate time to manufacture a part; perform safety checks and pre-start up machine inspections; identify various machine and axes configurations; determine basic workholding system; secure and align work piece to table; read and interpret diagrams, drawings, and set-up instructions; determine program reference zero; set up tool length and diameter offsets and fixture offsets; verify and edit programs prior to machining the first part; edit programs to reduce cycle time; manufacture and inspect parts; develop a process plan; review drawing to determine stock and tooling required to produce part; determine machine process(es) and equipment needed; determine and manipulate geometry used for programming; identify methods and applications of file management; generate a program using the CAM system; and verify the program graphically. Performance Component: Create a 2-D Orthographic Drawing on CAD with a Section View (23%), Create a 3-D Solid Model (17%), Create Two Parts to be Mated and Mate the Parts (25%), and Manufacture a Part from an Existing Drawing (35%).


NOCTI and NBS exams assess individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Computer Aided Drafting or Design Technology (5/12) (5/17 revalidation) (12/21 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.