CADD drawing of a car

COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN & DRAFTING (CADD)

Drafters prepare technical drawings and plans used by production and construction workers to build everything from manufactured products, such as spacecraft or industrial machinery to structures, such as office buildings, or oil and gas pipelines. Their drawings provide visual guidelines, showing the technical details of the products and structures, specifying dimensions, materials to be used, and procedures and processes to be followed.

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Christopher "Chris" Whiteside
Executive Dean Business and Career Education

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CADD – Computer Aided Design and Drafting – Associate in Arts Degree

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CADD – Computer Aided Design and Drafting – Associate in Arts Degree

This program prepares students for careers in the Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, Civil or Architectural drafting fields.  Students will utilize the latest CAD systems to design and develop their assignments.  Opportunities for employment are available in many related commercial companies.

By completing the requirements of the Certificate of Achievement in Computer Aided Design and Drafting, students will be able to also satisfy the A.A. Degree requirements for a major in Computer Aided Design and Drafting

1. Develop competency in basic drafting, enabling them to pursue careers in engineering, professional arenas, or to further their academic pursuits.

2. Have practical experience in Computer Aided Drafting and Design.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of Engineering and Mechanical CAD Drafting and 3D Design.

Required Course:

DRAF G101 – Basic Computer Aided Design Drafting – 4 units

DRAF G105 – Basic Engineering Drafting I, Computer Aided Drafting – 3 units

DRAF G110 – Basic Engineering Drafting II, Computer Aided Drafting  – 3 units

DRAF G090 – CAD Drafting Laboratory – 0.5-1.0 units

DRAF G170 – Advanced 3D Mechanical Design – 3 units

MATH G030 – Intermediate Algebra – 4 units

Major Total: 17.5-18

GE Pattern: GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39

DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

CADD – Computer Aided Design and Drafting – Certificate of Achievement

Required courses

CADD – Technical Drafting Option – Certificate of Specialization

Required courses


CADD-Computer Aided Design And Drafting – Certificate Of Achievement

This is a four-semester program which will prepare the student for an entry-level job in Technical or Mechanical Drafting and 3D Design. First year training concentrates on basic drafting and computer practice, which provide experiences in applying technical skills to practical problems. Acquired skills include precision dimensioning, basic working drawings, and computer-aided drafting. During the second year the training concentrates on 3D modeling and design including assemblies and parts management. Courses are designed and offered to provide completion within two years.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Describe the purpose, process, and value of interpreting and developing Drafting project drawings for all facets of the project.

2. Use Computer Aided and Manual drafting methods to create a variety of presentation drawings as found in industry.

3. Use Engineering organization standards, technical vocabulary and industry conventions of working drawings for mechanical, structural, and industrial project types.

4. Use current CAD and 3D CAD software applications to create drafting drawings, presentation graphics and 3D design image models.

5. Describe manufacturing material systems, sustainable trends, and manufacturing machinery for a variety of project types.

6. Explain professional career and transfer options available for a wide variety of economic applications in many design fields and related disciplines.

7. Conduct project research, historical comparison, sketching, rendering, color media, and 3D concept model-building to industry quality standards.

8. Demonstrate professional abilities in written, verbal, and graphic skills.

It is suggested that courses be taken in the order they are listed in order to achieve maximum advantage of course content and success in program.

Required Courses

DRAF G101 – Basic Computer Aided Design Drafting – 4 units

DRAF G105 – Basic Engineering Drafting I, Computer Aided Drafting – 3 units

MATH G030 – Intermediate Algebra – 4 units

DRAF G090 – CAD Drafting Laboratory – 0.5-1.0 unit

DRAF G110 – Basic Engineering Drafting II, Computer Aided Drafting – 3 units

DRAF G170 – Advanced 3D Mechanical Design– 3 units

Total units: 17.5-18


Technical Drafting Option (One-Year) – Certificate Of Specialization

This is a two-semester program that will prepare the student for an entry-level job in Technical or Mechanical Drafting. Training concentrates on basic drafting and computer practice, which provide experiences in applying technical skills to practical problems. Acquired skills include precision dimensioning, basic working drawings, and computer-aided drafting. Courses are designed and offered to provide for completion within one year.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Use Computer Aided and Manual drafting methods to create a variety of presentation drawings as found in industry.

2. Use Engineering organization standards, technical vocabulary and industry conventions of working drawings for mechanical, structural, and industrial project types.

3. Develop viable computer skills by using current CAD and 3D CAD software applications to create drafting drawings, presentation graphics and 3D design image models for project solutions.

4. Develop resource skills to understand manufacturing material systems, sustainable trends and manufacturing machinery for a variety of project types.

It is suggested that courses be taken in the order they are listed in order to achieve maximum advantage of course content and success in program.

Required Courses

DRAF G101 – Basic Computer Aided Design Drafting – 4 units

DRAF G105 – Basic Engineering Drafting I, Computer Aided Drafting – 3 units

MATH G030 – Intermediate Algebra – 4 units

DRAF G090 – CAD Drafting Laboratory – 0.5-1.0 unit

Total units: 11.5-12 

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DRAFTING G090 – 0.5-1 Unit

Course Outline

CAD Drafting Laboratory

Corequisites: Architecture G160 or G162, Drafting G101, G105, G110, G170

For students desiring or needing extra CAD lab hours. The student will perform exercises which will be assigned in one of the prerequisite classes. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Not transferable, AA/AS degree only.

DRAFTING G101 – 4 Units

Course Outline

Basic Computer Aided Design Drafting

This lecture/lab course is a survey of the basic fundamentals of drafting using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and is designed to develop the ability to think in three dimensions and to interpret data from blueprints and sketches. The course includes: freehand sketching, use of dimensioning, multi-view projection, pictorial drawing, sectioning, and basic CAD menus. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DRAFTING G105 – 3 Units

Course Outline

Basic Engineering Drafting I, Computer Aided Drafting

The course will cover the study of correct letter styles for drafting, geometric construction, multi-view projection, basic dimensioning, threads & fasteners, isometric drawing and single auxiliary projection. All drafting problems will be drawn using computer aided drafting, (CAD), with AutoCAD software. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

DRAFTING G110 – 3 Units

Course Outline

Basic Engineering Drafting II, Computer Aided Drafting

Advisories: Drafting G105

The course will cover precision dimensioning, threads & fasteners, working drawings and assemblies, isometric drawing, single and secondary auxiliary projection, basic descriptive geometry and writing resumes. All drafting problems will be drawn using computer aided drafting, (CAD) with AutoCAD software. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

DRAFTING G170 – 3 Units

Course Outline

Advanced 3D Mechanical Design

Advisories: Drafting G110

This is an advanced solid modeling design course for mechanical drafters, designers, and engineers. Students will use the most current Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software and computer lab projects to develop solid models, assemblies and drawings and to solve mechanical design problems. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

An associate’s degree in computer-aided drafting program prepares individuals for various career choices with industries, architectural and engineering firms, construction contractors and government agencies. Some possible careers include architectural and civil drafters, mechanical designers, electrical and electronic drafters, CADD designer/drafter, and engineering technician or aide.

 

 

Graduates of computer-aided drafting degree programs may start their careers after graduation or may pursue bachelor’s degrees in engineering technology fields.

 

Larry Baird
Associate Professor, Drafting
Standard Designated Subjects Credential, CSULB: Further graduate study University of San Diego