Intro to Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate

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Intro to Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate

Program Code: C50150A / C50150HA

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

Career Opportunities

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

Certificate requirements

16 Credit Hours

Courses in this program

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

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 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.

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

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.

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

Questions others are asking.

We offer several credentials that provide the flexibility you need. Most degree programs last two years and provide the most in-depth study of a particular subject. Diplomas and certificates take less time and are often taken in conjunction with other degree programs. Specialized training is also available for workforce development programs that are completed in less than a year.

Contact Information

Career Programs
Advanced Manufacturing Center
New Bern Campus
252-638-7370

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