Computer-Aided Drafting Technology Certificate

Program Description

Computer-Aided Drafting Technology is a course of study designed to prepare students to apply technical skills and advanced computer software and hardware knowledge to the development of plans and related documentation. The instruction will also ensure students are provided the necessary background to manage the hardware and software components of a CAD system.

Coursework includes instruction in mechanical drafting, computer-assisted drafting and design (CADD), creating and managing two and three-dimensional models.

Graduates should qualify for CAD jobs in architectural and engineering consulting firms and industrial design businesses locally, regionally, and globally.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Apply technical skills and advanced computer software and hardware to develop plans and related documentation.
  • Manage the hardware and software of a CAD system.
  • Illustrate a clear understanding of mechanical drafting, computer-assisted drafting and design (CADD), creating and managing two and three-dimensional models.
  • Read/interpret mechanical drawings and apply communicated information to fabricators.
  • Employ knowledge, skills, and attitudes that meets established industry benchmarks.

Career Opportunities

Graduates should qualify for employment in:

  • drafting and design businesses
  • architectural firms
  • advanced manufacturing plants
  • aviation/engineering facilities
  • construction projects

Transfer Opportunities

Whiles the AAS is a degree leading to immediate job placement upon graduation, Craven Community College has a special relationship for transfer to a BS degree in Industrial Technology with East Carolina University.

Contact Information

Executive Director of Career Programs
252-638-7372

Admissions Office
252-638-7430

Certificate Requirements

Courses in this program

Certificate Classes

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course introduces basic drafting skills, equipment, and applications. Topics include sketching, measurements, lettering, dimensioning, geometric construction, orthographic projections, and pictorials drawings, sections, and auxiliary views. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and apply basic drawing principles and practices.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces basic geometric dimensioning and tolerancing principles. Topics include symbols, annotation, theory, and applications. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret and apply basic geometric dimensioning and tolerancing principles to drawings.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces CAD software as a drawing tool. Topics include drawing, editing, file management, and plotting. Upon completion, students should be able to produce and plot a CAD drawing.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces extended CAD applications., Emphasis is placed upon intermediate applications of CAD skills. Upon completion, students should be able to use extended CAD applications to generate and manage drawings.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces advanced CAD applications. Emphasis is placed upon advanced applications of CAD skills. Upon completion, students should be able to use advanced CAD applications to generate and manage data.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take DFT-152
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course is an introduction to basic three-dimensional solid modeling and design software. Topics include basic design, creation, editing, rendering and analysis of solid models, and creation of multiview drawings. Upon completion, students should be able to use design techniques to create, edit, render and generate a multiview drawing.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None