College of the Extended University


Do you want a career in drafting or design?  Learn AutoCAD – Autodesk's industry-leading drafting and design software.  By combining "right-brain" attributes, such as creativity & spatial relationships, with "left-brain" traits, like mathematics & analytical thinking, you can create drawings and blueprints to construct products and structures, such as buildings, machinery, toys, microchips, plumbing & electrical systems, vehicles and a host of other manufactured goods. AutoCAD professionals hold a range of job titles, including engineer, drafter, estimator, designer, modeler, architect or illustrator.  The field is expected to grow from 13-17% in the next five years and salaries range from $43,000 to $64,000 per year.

CAD 100 is an elective for the Utility Planner and Construction Management Certificate Programs.  It can also be a stand-alone class for people who want to learn AutoCAD basics to increase their skills in the fields of engineering, architecture, interior design, manufacturing, and project management.

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  1. Understand the power and precision of computer-aided modeling and drafting;
  2. Learn how to construct accurate 2D geometry as well as complex 3D shapes and surface objects;
  3. Learn how to create 2D representations of 3D objects as plan view, elevations and sections;
  4. Learn how to assemble these drawings in industry-standard plan form and produce plotted hard copies ready for distribution;
  5. Understand the concepts of architectural drafting with a focus on industry standards.


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This is an elective in the Utility Planner Certificate Program. Others will receive a certificate of completion.

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  1. Intro to CAD, Intro to AutoCAD
  2. Precision Drawing & Drawing Aids
  3. Geometric Shapes
  4. Basic Printing
  5. Editing Tools
  6. Architectural Views & Drafting Views
  7. 3D modeling  with AutoCAD (Surfaces, Solids)
  8. 3D Modeling with SketchUp
  9. Annotating in AutoCAD with Text & Hatching
  10. Layers
  11. Templates & DesignCenter
  12. Advanced plotting (Layouts, Viewports), Office Standards
  13. Dimensioning
  14. Internet and collaboration
  15. Blocks, Drafting symbols, Attributes, Extracting data (as time allows)

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Milo Knapp

Milo Knapp received his Bachelors of Industrial Design from ITT Technical Institute in 2002. He has been in the drafting industry with both Revit and AutoCAD for roughly 30 years. His drafting history ranges from custom homes design to federal prisons and the National Guard Headquarters in Washington DC. He has worked in the construction industry as both a laborer and a construction superintendent since 1996. He began teaching an Intro to Drafting class in 2007 at Long Beach City College. He has also taught at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and 3D Max sessions for high school students at Cal State Northridge.

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  • Students must have AutoCAD(2017) installed on their computers prior to the first class meeting. 
  • Laptops used in class must be running Windows OS and students need to bring a mouse with them to each class meeting. 
  •  The course textbook is optional but recommended for practice outside of class.  

Spring 2020

CAD 100: Introduction to Computer-Aided Design
Closed Course Code Session Dates Fees Instructor
CAD 100 (SP20-1) March 21 - May 2 $1195 Milo Knapp


Summer 2020

CAD 100: Introduction to Computer-Aided Design
Closed Course Code Session Dates Fees Instructor
CAD 100 (SU20-1) July 11 - August 1 $1195 Milo Knapp


Synchronous sessions will be “Live session via ZOOM” and you will be provided access. You will be interacting online with your instructor and classmates for the entire time. A Wi-Fi or Internet connection is required.  Please test the Zoom application before class begins.

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