Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)

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Clark College’s Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) program allows participants to attain a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or a one-year Certificate of Proficiency, in civil, mechanical or, architectural areas of concentration.

The Architectural CADD program focuses on AutoCAD and Revit software applications, and core architectural drafting classes, which are taught by a licensed architect.

The Mechanical CADD program focuses SolidWorks, with some exposure to AutoCAD.  Many program courses are taught by engineers.

The Civil CADD program focuses AutoCAD and Civil 3D with an exposure to GIS, and also includes courses from Clark College’s Surveying and Geomatics program.  Courses typically are taught by civil engineers, surveyors, and civil drafters.

Clark’s CADD programs immerse students in CADD technology, allowing them to develop significant competencies in using current CADD software in industry-appropriate ways.  The Clark CADD program offers a greater concentration of computer-based CADD curriculum as well as MicroStation or Rhinoceros 3D application software.

CADD programs begin in winter quarter. Students must be eligible for college trigonometry when they start their program. This means students starting the program already must have passed a college trig – or higher – math course; tested into MATH 103 or; passed MATH 93 or 095 (a final grade of C or better).

The certificate program typically is completed in 15months and prepares the student for entry-level work as a CADD drafter. The AAS program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Many students continue their education in engineering and architecture after Clark.

Contact Keith Stansbury, at kstansbury@clark.edu, or 360-992-2569, for program information.

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Degree Options

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.
Total Required Credits: 54
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
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:
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • 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.
  • Create and manipulate architectural drawings and models in a multitude of CADD applications (core CADD skills).
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
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
 
HDEV 198
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
1 cr.
HDEV 200
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
3 cr.
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
OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING
4 cr.
Additional 4 credits required using one of the following courses:
 
ART 115
TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
4 cr.
ART 117
THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
4 cr.
CGT 101
PHOTOSHOP RASTER GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 102
ILLUSTRATOR VECTOR GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 103
INDESIGN PAGE LAYOUT
4 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 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.
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
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 102
FUNDAMENTALS OF SURVEY
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 56
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
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:
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Create and manipulate civil drawings and models in a multitude of CADD applications (core CADD 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.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Fully annotate and print civil drawings (core drafting skills).
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
 
HDEV 198
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
1 cr.
HDEV 200
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
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 102
FUNDAMENTALS OF SURVEY
2 cr.
SURV 125
INTRODUCTION TO GIS
3 cr.
SURV 250
ARC GIS I
3 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 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.
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
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 215
TECHNICAL STATICS & STRENGTHS
3 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: 57
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
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:
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • 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.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Create and manipulate mechanical drawings and models in a multitude of CADD applications (core CADD skills).
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
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)
 
HDEV 198
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
1 cr.
HDEV 200
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
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 215
TECHNICAL STATICS & STRENGTHS
3 cr.
CADD 216
INTEGRATED COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN
3 cr.
CADD 240
MECHANICAL DRAFTING 2
3 cr.
CADD 299
CADD CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
5 cr.
ENGR&104
INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN
5 cr.
ENGR 113
ENGINEERING SKETCHING AND VISUALIZATION
2 cr.
ENGR 115
GEOMETRIC DIMENSIONING AND TOLERANCING
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.
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)