Computer Aided Design & Drafting Technology
Drafting and design activities are central to eventual creation of physical parts and structures. Designs, communicated through drawings which have been drafted and detailed, give rise to mechanical parts and assemblies, architectural building structures, bridges, roads and highways, and a seemingly infinite array of consumer products. Almost every company involved with design and/or manufacturing has one or more design/drafting positions, and those companies use computer aided drafting & design (CADD) software applications as their primary design and drafting tool.

Clark College offeres CADD Certificate of Proficiency programs in three areas: architectural, civil, and mechanical. Each of these programs is structured to prepared the student for entry-level work as a CADD technician. CADD Technology department personnel strive to take your personal goals into account, and will work with you to customize your degree requirements if warranted. This program is a professional-technical program and we try to provide the best real-world environment we can. Our teaching and open lab facilities boast fine equipment and each type of CADD software we teach is kept up to its current educational version. The program requires a co-op, or internship, for graduation. This experience -- driven by you, the student -- can be vital in gaining successful employment. After gaining experience, many people are successful in setting up their own contract design/drafting businesses. Other find that greater challenges are available in engineering or architecture, and go on to pursue further education in those fields. Some see CADD work as a means to support themselves as they continue that education.

General Preparation


Since many of the program courses are computer-based, students should be comfortable using a computer before entering any of these certificate programs. If interested, contact a CADD department faculty advisor to help you in your career and course-scheduling decisions. Placement testing is required to determine if mathematical and reading levels are adequate for the required courses, or if remedial coursework must be first completed. Interested high school students should prepare themselves by taking mathematics (algebra and geometry), physics, and drafting in particular.
Architectural Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
ENGL 135
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
MATH 103
COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
HDEV 198
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
1 cr.
HDEV 200
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
Major Area Requirements
CADD 101
CADD ORIENTATION
1 cr.
CADD 102
CADD CAREERS
1 cr.
CADD 110
BASIC SKETCHUP
4 cr.
CADD 140
BASIC AUTOCAD (same as ENGR 140, formerly ENGR 114)
4 cr.
CADD 141
ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING 1 W/AUTOCAD
4 cr.
CADD 145
AUTOCAD ARCHITECTURE
4 cr.
CADD 170
BASIC REVIT
4 cr.
CADD 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (formerly ADT)
1-5 cr.
CADD 207
PRESENTATION GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CADD 210
ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING 2
3 cr.
CADD 214
AUTOCAD CUSTOMIZATION
3 cr.
ENGR 113
ENGINEERING SKETCHING AND VISUALIZATION
2 cr.
(formerly ENGR 112, then ENGR&114)
Total Required Credits: 52
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Create and manipulate architectural drawings and models in a multitude of CADD applications (core CADD skills).
  • Fully annotate and print architectural drawings (core drafting skills).
  • Demonstrate aspects of elementary design skills.
  • Discuss and communicate aspects of various industries and businesses that typically use CADD applications.
  • Demonstrate aspects of employability for an entry-level CADD-related position.
  • Demonstrate aspects of professionalism as appropriate for an entry-level CADD-related position.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Civil Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
ENGL 135
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
MATH 103
COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
HDEV 198
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
1 cr.
HDEV 200
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
Major Area Requirements
CADD 101
CADD ORIENTATION
1 cr.
CADD 102
CADD CAREERS
1 cr.
CADD 130
BASIC MICROSTATION
4 cr.
CADD 140
BASIC AUTOCAD (same as ENGR 140, formerly ENGR 114)
4 cr.
CADD 143
CIVIL DRAFTING 1 WITH AUTOCAD
4 cr.
CADD 170
BASIC REVIT
4 cr.
CADD 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
1-5 cr.
CADD 207
PRESENTATION GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CADD 214
AUTOCAD CUSTOMIZATION
3 cr.
CADD 230
CIVIL DRAFTING 2
3 cr.
ENGR 113
ENGINEERING SKETCHING AND VISUALIZATION
2 cr.
(formerly ENGR 112, then ENGR&114)
SURV 100
INTRODUCTION TO GPS
2 cr.
SURV 102
FUNDAMENTALS OF SURVEY (increase from 2-3 credits in 2009)
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 53
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Create and manipulate civil drawings and models in a multitude of CADD applications (core CADD skills).
  • Fully annotate and print civil drawings (core drafting skills).
  • Demonstrate aspects of elementary design skills.
  • Discuss and communicate aspects of various industries and businesses that typically use CADD applications.
  • Demonstrate aspects of employability for an entry-level CADD-related position.
  • Demonstrate aspects of professionalism as appropriate for an entry-level CADD-related position.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Mechanical Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CP)
General Education Requirement
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
ENGL 135
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
MATH 103
COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
HDEV 198
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
1 cr.
HDEV 200
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
Major Area Requirements
CADD 101
CADD ORIENTATION
1 cr.
CADD 102
CADD CAREERS
1 cr.
CADD 140
BASIC AUTOCAD (same as ENGR 140, formerly ENGR 114)
4 cr.
CADD 144
MECHANICAL DRAFTING 1 WITH AUTOCAD
4 cr.
CADD 150
BASIC SOLIDWORKS (same as ENGR 150)
4 cr.
CADD 154
MECHANICAL DRAFING 1 WITH SOLIDWORKS
4 cr.
CADD 155
INTERMEDIATE SOLIDWORKS - TOP DOWN DESIGN
4 cr.
CADD 160
INTRODUCTION TO CAM
2 cr.
CADD 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
1-5 cr.
CADD 207
PRESENTATION GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CADD 240
MECHANICAL DRAFTING 2
3 cr.
ENGR 113
ENGINEERING SKETCHING AND VISUALIZATION
2 cr.
(formerly ENGR 112, then ENGR&114)
ENGR 115
GEOMETRIC DIMENSIONING AND TOLERANCING
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 53
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Create and manipulate mechanical drawings and models in a multitude of CADD applications (core CADD skills).
  • Fully annotate and print mechanical drawings (core drafting skills).
  • Demonstrate aspects of elementary design skills.
  • Discuss and communicate aspects of various industries and businesses that typically use CADD applications.
  • Demonstrate aspects of employability for an entry-level CADD-related position.
  • Demonstrate aspects of professionalism as appropriate for an entry-level CADD-related position.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.