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Computer Aided Drafting

In Computer Aided Design (CAD), students begin working with two-dimensional designs and advance to three-dimensional designs, including solid-based and parametric modeling with animation. Students learn drafting concepts and the processes of orthographic projection, pictorial drawing, dimensioning, and geometric construction by hand and with CAD software and equipment. Students will also gain fundamental knowledge of mechanical, civil, and architectural drafting. The majority of a student's work will be completed on the computer. A project in the area of the student's interest will tie the course to real world concepts.

As technology continues to advance, employers will look to hire staff with a strong background in fundamental drafting principles, a high level of technical sophistication and the ability to apply their knowledge to a broader range of responsibilities. CAD has increased the complexity of drafting applications while enhancing the productivity of drafters. It also has enhanced the nature of drafting by creating more possibilities for design and drafting.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply principles of grammar and vocabulary in the documentation required to perform the duties of a CAD technician (interviewing clients and communicating with constituents. (Communication Fluency)
  2. Apply mathematical concepts and practices that are required to properly perform calculation for design. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Interview clients, to help decide on materials, size and design, based on client's needs and students' knowledge of the industry. 
  4. Demonstrate mastery of terminology in the Engineering, Architectural , Civil and Technical drafting industry. (Specialized Knowledge)

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Program Strengths

  • Hands-on training with the latest CAD equipment and software

  • Excellent reputation with local architectural, mechanical and engineering firms and construction companies

  • Cross-training provided in CAD, machining, and welding programs to give students a broader understanding and skill base in manufacturing  

  • Class activities that focus on application and problem solving

Career Options

Architectural drafter
Mechanical drafter
Civil drafter

Gainful Employment

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