Computer Aided Drafter Certificate 2017-09-25T10:39:04+00:00

Computer Aided Drafter Certificate

Computer Aided Drafters prepare technical drawings and plans used by production and construction workers to build everything from manufactured products to industrial machinery; from office buildings to gas pipelines to spacecraft. Their drawings provide visual guidelines, showing the technical details of the products and structures, specifying dimensions, materials to be used, procedures and processes. The Computer Aided Drafter Certificate program is available as a six-month, full-time program either in-class or  online or as a twelve-month, part-time program online.  This opens up the opportunity to become qualified as a CAD technician to everyone, no matter where you are, or what your schedule may be.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be found working in architectural offices, engineering firms and other related industries. Their position is primarily one of a Computer Aided Draftperson working as part of the design team. They are assistants to architects, engineers or technologists and possess a solid knowledge of the AutoCAD software as used in the various architectural and engineering disciplines. The ability to produce and communicate graphical data in the form of computer-generated drawings for use by others is the focus of the graduate’s training.

Length: 6 Months

BIM Training Included

Available Online

Next Start Date: November 6, 2017

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Program Outline

The fundamental ability of students to operate and work with a computer is experienced as various software programs are discovered. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and the Internet gradually builds as students discover how this software is utilized in the architectural and engineering workplace.

Build Information Modeling (BIM) is an organizational, philosophical, and strategic change that is often confusing to staff. BIM is not a software, though it is enabled by software. BIM is not a tool, though tools exist. BIM is not even a methodology in the true sense of the word. BIM is philosophy. How BIM is embraced within a firm is largely left up to those interpreting this philosophy into practice. Adding to traditional AEC practices, BIM enhances the engineering process by adding the dimensions of time, cost, spatial relationships, green needs, usability, and even the manufacture of component parts. BIM requires enormous data intensity and a devout adoption of new communication practices across a firm and its partners. The GeT BIM library is designed to educate staff in all aspects of BIM including practices in various disciplines and job functions.

Courses included:

  • BIM 101
  • BIM 201: Understanding BIM
  • BIM in Facilities Management
  • BIM for Contractors
  • BIM for Engineers
  • BIM for Structural Engineers
  • BIM for Owners
The creation of technical documentation that is commonly associated with the workplace is discovered as students prepare to interact with others in the design office.  Document content, organization, style, and the use of visuals are utilized in the preparation of letters, memos, e-mail, personal resumes and short reports. Students will give oral presentations during the course in support of written communication.
Technical mathematics will identify the fundamentals of mathematics, enabling the students to solve technological problems.  The students will acquire knowledge in topics including Arithmetic of Numbers, introduction to Algebra, Plane & Solid Geometry and Right Triangle Trigonometric functions.
Design and shape the world around you with the powerful, connected design tools in Autodesk AutoCAD software, one of the world’s leading 2D and 3D design applications. With robust 3D tools that can create almost any shape imaginable, AutoCAD helps you create stunning designs. It offers innovations that can help increase design efficiency and speed documentation, and enables you to more smoothly share designs with colleagues. Connect with the cloud to collaborate on designs and access them from your mobile device. With these capabilities and more, AutoCAD delivers the power and flexibility you need to take documentation and design further.
In this course the concepts of spatial relationships of points, lines and planes are discovered as they apply to technical drawing views.  Students are required to solve spatial problems. Coursework focuses on drawing conventions and procedures used in the preparation of technical drawings.  The foundational principles are identified to draw orthographically created multi-views, and auxiliary views. Pictorial and perspective view creation will also be identified as applied to the drawings of architecture and engineering.  The ability to draw complete drawings using accepted line work, lettering, layout and dimensioning techniques, while adhering to a technical drafting standard will provide the student with the context for all drawings used in the architectural and engineering disciplines.
The fundamental concepts of differential levelling, measurement of linear and horizontal angles by use of theodolites and other equipment will be investigated. This course builds the practical understanding and usage of practices and procedures used in the field of surveying. Knowledge acquired by the student will be applied to developing plans and profiles, cross-sectional views, contour maps, and traverse.
A professional set of architectural drawings will be created in this course.  Through hands on experience and instructor guidance the students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the AutoCAD program as they develop a working set of architectural drawings for a residential application.  This course will give the students an opportunity to design and create an original set of architectural drawings.
Technical mathematics will identify the fundamentals of mathematics, enabling the students to solve technological problems.  The students will acquire knowledge in topics including trigonometric functions, vectors, triangle solutions, linear and quadratic equations.
This course examines the products, materials and methods that are used in construction projects. The CSI specification form that emulates the order, in which construction occurs, will be introduced. Students will discover and select the specific materials and methods of assembly as used in the construction of buildings, structures and industrial projects.
The specifications for the construction of architectural projects will be discovered and applied to the Construction Specifications Institute-CSI format.  Students will develop their knowledge and skills in regards to creating and understanding specifications, drawings and contracts as legal documents.
Autodesk Inventor is a parametric CAD software offers an easy-to-use set of tools for 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation. Digital Prototyping with Inventor helps you design and validate your products before they are built to deliver better products, reduce development costs, and get to market faster.
Thought Patterns for a Successful Career™ is an educational process designed to expose students to concepts that can significantly change their lives. It teaches persistence and high achievement skills, addressing issues such as returning to school as an adult, fear of success, managing personal challenges while attending school, and making a transition into a successful lifestyle following graduation.

The course is designed to improve the student’s learning experience and prepare him or her for personal and professional growth and success. The focus is on increasing the student’s self-discipline and self-esteem. The positive concepts taught in this course are intended to unleash the student’s potential for growth and creativity, resulting in personal and professional development. Humor and practical examples are used to target the primary concerns of adult students. In addition, written exercises, activities, and audiotapes provide understanding, acceptance, and reinforcement of the program material.

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