Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)

2016-17 Edition

Southeast Campus
Student Commons (SCOM), Room 214

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, electronic schematic, sheet metal layout, structural steel detailing, special tools 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. The program and courses are developed with the advice and support of an advisory committee.

Full time students typically begin the computer aided design and drafting certification program during the fall term, and follow in sequential order. Fundamental classes are repeated on a periodic basis, which provides the student with a variety of options in completing their certification in a timely manner. Both day and evening courses are offered. Contact a program advisor for curriculum variations.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Less than One-Year Certificate

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CAD)

Admission Prerequisites

Academic Prerequisites

  • 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.

Other Prerequisites

  • Consult a program advisor for information on PCC’s policy for acceptance of courses taken at other colleges or high schools or the transferability of PCC courses to other institutions.

Program Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Students must receive a grade of "C" or "P" or better in all required classes in order to receive a certificate in computer aided design and drafting. D or F grades and pass/no pass options are not acceptable grades for department required classes.

Other Requirements

  • None

Computer Aided Design and Drafting Less Than One-Year Certificate

Minimum 42 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.

First TermCredits
CADD 100Drafting Orientation3
CADD 126Introduction to AutoCAD3
CADD 136Intermediate AutoCAD3
CADD 160Drafting Fundamentals4
Second Term
CADD 165Intermediate Drafting4
CADD 175SolidWorks Fundamentals3
CADD 185Inventor Fundamentals3
CADD 246AutoCAD 3-D and Solid Modeling3
Third Term
CADD 255Kinematics Drafting3
CADD 256Advanced AutoCAD3
CADD 265Advanced Drafting4
CADD 275SolidWorks Advanced3
CADD 285Advanced Inventor3
 Total Credits: 42

CADD 100. Drafting Orientation. 3 Credits.

Introduces product lines and manufacturing operations through visual media or facility tours, to become familiar with working conditions, with a possibility to converse with employees. Covers fundamentals of technical report writing, memos, resume development, internet research of technical products related to drafting and design, American National Standards Institute drafting practices and terminology. Introduces file management using Windows and PCC campus specific protocols. 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.

Continues material presented in CADD 160. Introduces geometric construction, fasteners, keys keyseats and keyways, surface finish, and tolerances. Prerequisite: CADD 160. Audit available.

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 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. Advanced Drafting. 4 Credits.

Introduces working drawings, including assemblies and details, weldments, drawing numbering systems and revisions. Reviews CADD 165 tolerancing and fits and surface finishing. Prerequisite: CADD 165. 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.