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curriculum document Architectural CAD - AAS
curriculum document Machine Drafting - AAS

Why This Program?

Students may choose either architectural or machine drafting options, but they are cross-trained in each discipline, as well as civil drafting, to increase their marketability to potential employers.

Program instructors have work experience in the computer drafting field.

In the Computer Drafting Capstone course, students have the opportunity to work with local business partners on real-world projects. The students work in teams to complete engineering drawings. The importance of communication is emphasized as the partners make themselves available to provide support throughout the course. Students complete the course with a final presentation to the business partners.

The program is active in the local SkillsUSA chapter. Students have the opportunity to develop team and leadership skills, as well as compete in state and national contests.

An advisory board of industry members meets regularly to provide direction for the program, ensuring that students receive the education needed to prepare for entry into the workforce.

Brief Explanation

The Architectural CAD program provides knowledge of architectural styles, planning, construction and drafting techniques. This involves the creation of 3D buildings using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and construction documents.

Program Outcomes

1. Demonstrate proficiency with Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software, including parametric modeling, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and two-dimensional applications.
2. Utilize industry related equipment, such as drawing and measurement tools, a plotter, 3D printer, and 3D scanner.
3. Relate basic manufacturing and construction processes to the creation of working drawings.
4. Develop working drawings using orthographic projection, pictorial representation, dimensioning, and annotations.
5. Convey designs to clients through effective oral and visual communication techniques.