Computer Aided Design & Drafting Technology
Drafting and design activities are central to the 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 offers CADD Certificate of Proficiency (CP) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) 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 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&235
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
4 cr.
or ENGR 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
CADD 141
ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING 1
4 cr.
CADD 142
INTERMEDIATE AUTOCAD
2 cr.
CADD 170
BASIC REVIT: RESIDENTIAL
4 cr.
CADD 171
REVIT: COMMERCIAL
4 cr.
CADD 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (5 credits required)
1-6 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: 54
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • 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.
  • 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&235
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
4 cr.
or ENGR 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
CADD 142
INTERMEDIATE AUTOCAD
2 cr.
CADD 143
CIVIL DRAFTING 1 WITH CIVIL 3D
4 cr.
CADD 170
BASIC REVIT: RESIDENTIAL
4 cr.
CADD 171
REVIT: COMMERCIAL
4 cr.
CADD 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (5 credits required)
1-6 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
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 58
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • 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.
  • 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&235
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
4 cr.
or ENGR 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
CADD 142
INTERMEDIATE AUTOCAD
2 cr.
CADD 150
BASIC SOLIDWORKS
4 cr.
or ENGR 150
BASIC SOLIDWORKS
4 cr.
CADD 154
MECHANICAL DRAFTING 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 (5 credits required)
1-6 cr.
CADD 207
PRESENTATION GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CADD 216
INTEGRATED COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN
3 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: 54
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • 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.
  • 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.
Architectural Computer-Aided Drafting/Design (AAS)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL&235
TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
MATH 103
COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
ART 103
DRAWING I
3 cr.
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
5 cr.
Must earn 5 credits from PHYS, PHSC, or ENVS courses.
Major Area Requirements
CADD 101
CADD ORIENTATION
1 cr.
CADD 102
CADD CAREERS
1 cr.
CADD 110
BASIC SKETCHUP
4 cr.
CADD 120
BASIC RHINOCEROS
4 cr.
CADD 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
or ENGR 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
CADD 141
ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING 1
4 cr.
CADD 142
INTERMEDIATE AUTOCAD
2 cr.
CADD 170
BASIC REVIT: RESIDENTIAL
4 cr.
CADD 171
REVIT: COMMERCIAL
4 cr.
CADD 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (5 credits required)
1-6 cr.
CADD 207
PRESENTATION GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CADD 210
ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING 2
3 cr.
CADD 214
AUTOCAD CUSTOMIZATION
3 cr.
CADD 299
CADD CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
5 cr.
ENGR 113
ENGINEERING SKETCHING AND VISUALIZATION
2 cr.
ART 104
DRAWING II
3 cr.
ART 105
DRAWING III
3 cr.
HDEV 198
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
1 cr.
HDEV 200
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 91
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate core architectural CADD and drafting skills, and professionalism and employability, through working with a client on a capstone project.
  • 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.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Civil Computer-Aided Drafting/Design (AAS)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL&235
TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
MATH 103
COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
5 cr.
Must earn 5 credits from PHYS, PHSC, or ENVS courses.
Major Area Requirements
CADD 101
CADD ORIENTATION
1 cr.
CADD 102
CADD CAREERS
1 cr.
CADD 120
BASIC RHINOCEROS
4 cr.
CADD 130
BASIC MICROSTATION
4 cr.
CADD 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
or ENGR 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
CADD 142
INTERMEDIATE AUTOCAD
2 cr.
CADD 143
CIVIL DRAFTING 1 WITH CIVIL 3D
4 cr.
CADD 170
BASIC REVIT: RESIDENTIAL
4 cr.
CADD 171
REVIT: COMMERCIAL
4 cr.
CADD 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (5 credits required)
1-6 cr.
CADD 207
PRESENTATION GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CADD 214
AUTOCAD CUSTOMIZATION
3 cr.
CADD 230
CIVIL DRAFTING 2
3 cr.
CADD 299
CADD CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
5 cr.
ENGR 113
ENGINEERING SKETCHING AND VISUALIZATION
2 cr.
SURV 100
INTRODUCTION TO GPS
2 cr.
SURV 102
FUNDAMENTALS OF SURVEY
2 cr.
SURV 125
INTRODUCTION TO GIS
3 cr.
SURV 250
ARC GIS I
3 cr.
HDEV 198
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
1 cr.
HDEV 200
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 96
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate core civil CADD and drafting skills, and professionalism and employability, through working with a client on a capstone project.
  • 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.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Mechanical Computer-Aided Drafting/Design (AAS)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL&235
TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
MATH 103
COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
5 cr.
Must earn 5 credits from PHYS, PHSC, or ENVS courses.
Major Area Requirements
CADD 101
CADD ORIENTATION
1 cr.
CADD 102
CADD CAREERS
1 cr.
CADD 120
BASIC RHINOCEROS
4 cr.
CADD 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
or ENGR 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
CADD 142
INTERMEDIATE AUTOCAD
2 cr.
CADD 150
BASIC SOLIDWORKS
4 cr.
or ENGR 150
BASIC SOLIDWORKS
4 cr.
CADD 154
MECHANICAL DRAFTING 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 (5 credits required)
1-6 cr.
CADD 207
PRESENTATION GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CADD 240
MECHANICAL DRAFTING 2
3 cr.
ENGR&104
INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN
5 cr.
ENGR 113
ENGINEERING SKETCHING AND VISUALIZATION
2 cr.
ENGR 115
GEOMETRIC DIMENSIONING AND TOLERANCING
2 cr.
CADD 216
INTEGRATED COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN
3 cr.
CADD 299
CADD CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
5 cr.
HDEV 198
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
1 cr.
HDEV 200
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 90
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate core mechanical CADD and drafting skills, and professionalism and employability through working with a client on a capstone project.
  • 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.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.