Our Intro to Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) program is designed to prepare you to apply technical skills and advanced computer software and hardware knowledge to the development of plans and related documentation. You’ll also receive the necessary background to manage the hardware and software components of a CAD system.
The CAD program also offers degree and diploma options.
This certificate is also available to high school students through our Career & College Promise program.
Skills You’ll Learn
The Computer-Aided Drafting program is focused on job-related skills in the following areas:
- Applying technical skills and advanced computer software and hardware to develop plans and related documentation
- Managing the hardware and software of a CAD system
- Illustrating a clear understanding of mechanical drafting, computer-assisted drafting and design (CADD), creating and managing two- and three-dimensional models
- Reading and interpreting mechanical drawings and applying communicated information to fabricators
There are many employment opportunities for Computer-Aided Drafting graduates, including:
- Advanced manufacturing plants
- Architectural firms
- Aviation/engineering facilities
- Construction projects
- Drafting and design businesses
16 Credit Hours
Courses in this program
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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.
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.
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.
This course introduces the principles of industrial safety. Emphasis is placed on industrial safety and OSHA regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of a safe working environment and OSHA compliance.
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.
This course introduces the basic principles of print reading. Topics include line types, orthographic projections, dimensioning methods, and notes. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret basic prints and visualize the features of a part or system.