Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Engineering Drawing & Design Career Pathway

Computer Aided Design also known as CAD offers career opportunities in a variety of occupational disciplines including engineering, architecture, construction, and manufacturing.

The standards of the Computer Aided Design (CAD) course curriculums are aligned with the drafting and design standards in Georgia’s technical colleges, thus helping students qualify for advanced placement should they continue their education at the post-secondary level. The standards are aligned with the national standards of the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA). Students who successfully complete these and other courses should be prepared to take the Drafter Certification Examination from the ADDA. Competencies for the co-curricular student organization, Skills USA, are integral components of both the core employability skills standards and the technical skillsstandards. CAD related employment opportunities are expected to increase through 2014. Opportunities will be best for those who have at least two years of post-secondary training in a CAD program that provides strong technical skill.

Courses of Study:

Introduction to Engineering Drawing and Design
A foundation course that serves as an introduction to the drafting and design field and is a prerequisite to all other courses in the Computer Aided Design (CAD) program. Emphasis is placed on safety, geometric construction, fundamentals of Computer Aided Drafting, and multi-view drawings. Students learn drafting techniques through the study of geometric construction at which time they are introduced to computer aided drafting and design.

Architectural Drawing and Design I
Architectural Drawing and Design I is a course that introduces students to the basic terminology, concepts, and principles of architectural design. Emphasis is placed on house designs, floor plans, roof designs, interior and exterior elevations, schedules, and foundations.

Architectural Drawing and Design II
Emphasis is placed on schedules, plumbing, heating and air, graphic presentations, plot/site plans, specifications, and building estimations. While the term Computer Aided Design (CAD) does not appear in each competency, CAD tools and software should be used extensively throughout the course.

Engineering Concepts and Drawing
A course designed to further the development of knowledge and skills in the Engineering Drawing and Design field. Students learn to illustrate more complex objects using the Computer Aided Design (CAD) system and develop skills in dimensioning, tolerancing, pictorials, sections, auxiliary views,
and intersection and developments.

Solid Modeling & Design
Solid Modeling is a course designed to further the development of student knowledge and skills in engineering and related mechanical design drafting areas. Emphasis is placed on 3-D working and assembly drawings including rendering and animation.

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