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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, including civil drafting, to increase their marketability to potential employers.

Program instructors have work experience in the computer drafting field.

In the Special Projects course, students have the opportunity to work with local business partners on real engineering 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 has an active 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

This program provides students with a general knowledge of architectural styles, planning, construction and drafting techniques. Emphasis is placed on creating computer-generated residential plans using current CAD software. Persons with less than two years of high school drafting should take technical drafting in the first semester.

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.