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Career and Program Description
This program is designed to assist students in acquiring the knowledge and skills required of drafters and designers. Design drafters are skilled technicians who interpret engineering data to produce sketches, plans and detailed working drawings used in manufacturing and construction.
Career opportunities exist for drafters in many areas including: product design, sheet metal layout, structural steel detailing, special tooling and fixtures and machine design. Graduates are found working for manufacturing firms, construction companies, engineering firms, city, state and federal agencies or they may be self-employed. Advancement to positions of designer, drafting supervisor, or engineering technician are possible. Modern CAD (computer aided drafting) labs provide the opportunity for CAD skill development using a variety of CAD software. Other courses will augment the design drafter tool set with knowledge in materials, materials strength, drafting/design computation, design for manufacturing and the product development process. The program and courses are developed with the advice and support of an advisory committee.
Full time students should begin the computer aided design and drafting certification program during the fall term, and follow in sequential order. Both afternoon and evening courses are offered. Contact a program adviser for curriculum variations.
Degrees and Certificates Offered
Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CAD)
- Students new to the certificate program must take the college’s placement examination for math prior to program advising and registration. Students must place in MTH 60 and WR 115 before registering for first term drafting classes.
- Consult a program advisor or the college catalog for information on PCC’s policy for acceptance of courses taken at other colleges, high schools and/or the transferability of PCC courses to other institutions.
- Students must receive a grade of "C" or "P" or better in all CADD courses to earn a the Computer Aided Design and Drafting Certificate.
Computer Aided Design and Drafting One-Year Certificate
Minimum 45 credits. Students must meet certificate requirements.
Course of Study
The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.
|CADD 100||CADD Orientation||3|
|CADD 115||Practical Mathematics for CAD Designers and Drafters||4|
|CADD 160||Drafting Fundamentals||4|
|CADD 175||SolidWorks Fundamentals||3|
|CADD 105||Digital Design and Fabrication Fundamentals||3|
|CADD 126||Introduction to AutoCAD||3|
|CADD 185||Inventor Fundamentals||3|
|CADD 195||Statics and Mechanics for Mechanical Designers||4|
|CADD 235||Materials and Design for Manufacturing Processes||3|
|CADD 245||Product Design and Development Fundamentals||3|
|CADD 255||Kinematics Drafting||3|
|CADD 265||Mechanical Design Drafting||4|
|CADD 285||Advanced Inventor||3|
or CADD 275
|Computer Aided Design and Drafting Electives||2|
Computer Aided Design and Drafting Electives
|ARCH 110||Introduction to Architectural Drawing||2|
|CADD 275||SolidWorks Advanced||3|
|CADD 285||Advanced Inventor||3|
|CMET 111||Portland Design: Brews, Bridges and Bikes||3|
|ENGR 101||Engineering Fundamentals||4|
|MCH 102||Introduction to Manufacturing||3|
|MCH 115||Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing||3.5|
|WLD 101||Welding Processes & Applications||4|
CADD 100. CADD Orientation. 3 Credits.
Introduces product lines and manufacturing operations through visual media or facility tours. Covers fundamentals of technical report writing, memos, and resume development with instruction relating to sentence structure, paragraph and essay development, and written expression. Includes internet research of technical products related to drafting and design, and American National Standards Institute drafting practices and terminology. Introduces file systems and learning management systems using Windows and PCC specific protocols. Prerequisites: (WR 90 and RD 90) or IRW 90 or equivalent placement or instructor approval. Audit available.
CADD 105. Digital Design and Fabrication Fundamentals. 3 Credits.
Introduces skills needed to set-up, operate, and maintain a Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), 3D printer machine. Introduces set-up and operation of a CNC router to manufacture a simple project. Introduces computer aided manufacturing (CAM) for creating 2D and 2.5D tool paths. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.
CADD 115. Practical Mathematics for CAD Designers and Drafters. 4 Credits.
Introduces computational topics relevant to the computer aided design and drafting occupation. Includes the use of mathematics to solve computer aided design problems, drafting measurement systems and conversions, mechanical tolerance and estimation analysis, GD&T, applied trigonometry, geometry and descriptive geometry topics and computer aided design related technical formulas. Prerequisites: (MTH 58, MTH 60, or MTH 62) and (RD 90 or IRW 90 or ESOL 260). Audit available.
CADD 126. Introduction to AutoCAD. 3 Credits.
Introduces AutoCAD software as a design tool. Includes instruction in the operation of both CPU hard drive and USB drive data storage, and plotting. Covers creation, retrieval and modification of drawings that meet industry standards using basic AutoCAD commands. Audit available.
CADD 136. Intermediate AutoCAD. 3 Credits.
Continues the study of AutoCAD software as a design tool. Covers slide files, block attributes, user coordinate systems, v-points, 3-D entity creation, external references, and paper/model space drawing manipulation. Prerequisite: CADD 126. Audit available.
CADD 160. Drafting Fundamentals. 4 Credits.
Introduces skills needed to produce 2-D mechanical drawings using hand sketching techniques on grid paper. Includes orthographic projection, lettering, auxiliary views, sections and pictorial drawings. Covers dimensioning basics. Audit available.
CADD 165. Intermediate Drafting. 4 Credits.
CADD 175. SolidWorks Fundamentals. 3 Credits.
Introduces SolidWorks software as a 3-D design tool. Covers creation, retrieval and modification of 3-D and layout drawings using basic SolidWorks commands. Includes skills needed to create parametric models of parts and assemblies; generate dimensioned layouts; and Bill of Materials of those parts and assemblies. Audit Available.
CADD 185. Inventor Fundamentals. 3 Credits.
Introduces Inventor as a feature-rich, parametric 3D design tool for assembly-centric modeling and collaborative engineering. Includes part and assembly modeling, using adaptive features and parents, utilizing work groups, surfacing basics, managing data, and the Engineer's Notebook. Audit available.
CADD 195. Statics and Mechanics for Mechanical Designers. 4 Credits.
Introduces the technical designer to engineering statics, strength of materials and applications to computer aided mechanical design and analysis. Emphasizes good design practices for robust and optimized mechanical designs. Requirement: A scientific calculator. Prerequisites: CADD 115, (CADD 175 or CADD 185), (MTH 60 or MTH 62) and (RD 90 or IRW 90 or ESOL 250). Audit available.
CADD 235. Materials and Design for Manufacturing Processes. 3 Credits.
Introduces engineering materials and manufacturing processes to the technical designer. Emphasizes sustainability and design for manufacturing and assembly (DFM/DFMA) following industry standard practices. Prerequisite: CADD 160 and (CADD 175 or CADD 185). Prerequisite/concurrent: CADD 195. Audit available.
CADD 245. Product Design and Development Fundamentals. 3 Credits.
CADD 246. AutoCAD 3-D and Solid Modeling. 3 Credits.
Introduces 3-Dimensional drafting and design procedures. Examines concepts including 2D and 3D primitives, User Coordinate Systems, 3D v-points, complex extrusions, regions, shading and rendering, 3D solid models, and supportive AutoCAD 3D databases. Prerequisite: CADD 136. Audit available.
CADD 255. Kinematics Drafting. 3 Credits.
Introduces mechanisms that translate motion and force, including cams, gears, belts/pulleys and chains/sprockets. Introduces components such as pawls ratchets, linkages and levers. Includes drawings of stock (shelf) items and custom designs. Prerequisite: CADD 165, CADD 136. Audit available.
CADD 256. Advanced AutoCAD. 3 Credits.
Examines customization of AutoCAD menu and Lisp files. Includes buttons, POP, image, screen and tablet sections, creation and implementation of user-defined AutoLISP functions, and basic file management techniques. Prerequisite: CADD 136. Audit available.
CADD 265. Mechanical Design Drafting. 4 Credits.
Covers mechanical drafting with a focus on the development of 3D feature-based parametric part and assembly models for creation of technical mechanical drawings. Includes threads and fasteners, weldments and welding symbols, sheet metal, surface finishes, coatings, platings, and tolerancing. Prerequisites: CADD 115, CADD 160 and (CADD 175 or CADD 185). Prerequisite/concurrent: CADD 275 or CADD 285. Audit available.
CADD 275. SolidWorks Advanced. 3 Credits.
Covers advanced editing and modeling options, configurations of assemblies, sheet metal, and topdown assembly modeling. Prerequisite: CADD 175. Audit available.
CADD 285. Advanced Inventor. 3 Credits.
Covers advanced techniques used in creating and modifying parametric, assembly-centric 3D models with Inventor. Develops extensive knowledge in the areas of part and assembly modeling, adaptive features, utilizing work groups, surfacing, managing data and the Engineers Notebook. Prerequisite CADD 185; or department permission. Audit available.