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Rod Atkins

Computer Aided Drafting & Design - Westminster Campus


When Rod started teaching at FRCC 30 years ago, mechanical drawings were done by hand. Times have changed, and so has Rod. He is so up to date on CAD software and curriculum he serves on the statewide faculty curriculum committee. Rod’s real-world industrial experience includes working as a drafter/designer for companies in the mechanical/air conveyor business and companies that manufactured underground low-profile mining front loaders and dump trucks. All that modern experience, but there is one area where Rod is definitely 20th century: vintage car racing.

Teaching Philosophy

What I teach should reflect real-life applications. I try to make the program as real as I can. I show students manufacturing processes, taking a project from concept to prototype.

Courses Taught

  • Blueprint Reading for CAD
  • Computer Aided Drafting I
  • Computer Aided Drafting II
  • Mechanical Drawing I
  • Manufacturing Processes

Teaching Experience

1980- Present     Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Faculty, Front Range Community College


Colorado State University, Engineering Graphics Technology. B. Ed., 1985
Community College of Denver, North Campus, A.A.S., 1979 and 1980


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