Computer Aided Design-Level II

8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m -- Monday thru Friday
Certificate Program -- 18 Semester Credits
18 Weeks -- 450 Clock Hours -- Cost $6500

Program Description

It would be difficult to name an industry that does not use drawings. These drawings may be in the form of conventional production drawings, instructional booklets, charts, graphs, or maps. It typically takes more than 27,000 drawings to manufacture an automobile. The field of drafting provides employment for over one million men and women. The work of other millions requires them to be able to read and interpret drawings. Job titles and duties will vary from one company to another. However, the following drafting occupations are typical of those found in industry to make working plans and detailed drawings. They prepare them from specifications and information received verbally, from sketches, and from notes. The drafter usually starts out as a trainee drafter where he or she redraws or repairs damaged drawings. The trainee may revise engineering drawings or make simple detail drawings under the direct supervision of a senior drafter. During the training period, trainee drafters are enrolled in formal classes such as CADD, mathematics, electronics, or the manufacturing process. These classes may be held within the company or at a local technical school or community college. Upon completion of the training period, the trainee drafter usually advances to junior drafter. Similar positions are known as: detailer, detail drafter, and assistant drafter.

A junior drafter calls for the preparation of detail and working drawings of machine parts, electrical/electronic devices, or structures, from rough design drawings. It may also require preparation of simple assembly drawings, charts, or graphs. The junior drafter must be able to prepare simple calculations made according to establish drafting room procedures.

The drafter applies independent judgment in the preparation of original layouts with intricate details. He or she must have an understanding of machine shop practices, the proper use of materials, and be able to make extensive us of reference books and handbooks. With experience, the drafter will become a senior drafter and be expected to do complex original work. In time, the senior drafter can become a lead drafter or chief drafter. Such a person is responsible for all work done by the department.

Most drafters specialize in a particular field of technical drawing: aerospace, architectural, structural, etc. Regardless of the field of specialization, drafters should be able to draw rapidly and accurately. A few job titles include CAD drafter, CAD/CAM specialist, computer graphics specialist and computer graphics technician. These specialists seldom prepare drawings manually on “the board.” Instead, their “drawings” are computer-generated with hard (paper) copy produced on a plotter or printer. All drafters must have a thorough understanding of mathematics, science, materials, and manufacturing processes in their areas of specialization. High school diploma or equivalent for admission.

Program Description

Drafting Principles: 30 Clock Hours

It is essential the student learn the use of different line types and their meaning well as understanding the concept of multi-views and dimensioning and learning to read engineering and architectural scales.

Computer & Internet Technology: 30 Clock Hours

During the last 15 years, we in education have moved at light speed in the area of educational technology. Whether you are involved in higher ed, or secondary ed, all of us find it difficult to catch up, keep up, and put up with fast-moving computer-based technology. Not since the introduction of the blackboard have we seen a piece of equipment make such a difference in how we learn. Today, not only do we use computers, but we also have laptops, wireless laptops, and tablet PCs. In addition, we have the World Wide Web.

Basic AutoCAD Skills: 30 Clock hours

Learn basic AutoCAD drawing tools to develop technique for setting up a drawing, basic editing, and dimensioning techniques.

Geometric Construction: 90 Clock Hours

Geometric construction is designed to help the student understand the concepts of geometry as related to computer aided drafting. It is important to understand how AutoCAD performs and solves complex mathmatical equations well as draw.

Isometric Drafting: 90 Clock

Learn the fundamentals of isometric drawing and oblique dimensioning.


Architectural-Residential Drafting: 90 Clock Hours

Learn to prepare residential drawings as required by the California Building Code. Students will learn architectural and structural elements as applied to residential design including electrical single-line diagrams and drawings.

Architectural-Commercial Drafting: 90 Clock Hours

The students will learn architectural and structural features as applied to residential and commercial building design including single-line diagrams and electrical drawings.


Civil Drafting: 90 Clock Hours

The student will prepare grading, street, sewer, and water construction plans as applied to the subdivision process.

Survey Drafting: 90 Clock Hours

The student will prepare topographical surveys and record mapping.

Site Planning and Community Development: 90 Clock Hours

The student will learn the fundamentals of site planning and community development, irregation and landscaping.

Pipe Drafting: 90 Clock Hours

Students will learn the process of oil and gas fields, refineries, chemical plants, and process piping systems.

3 Dimensional Design: 90 Clock Hours

Learn to model and render 3 dimensional objects with AutoCAD's latest 3 dimensional design technology.

Possible Fields of Employment
17-3010 Drafting

17-3011 Architectural, Buidling Design, Civil

17-3012 Electrical, electrical Systems, Electronics Printed Curcuit Board Design

17-3013 Automotive Design, Mechanical

17-3019 Drafters, Gelogical, All other Drafters