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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Abril, Jr. is a designer, builder, artist, and professor. He is a licensed general construction contractor and operates COAB Development, providing design, remodeling and construction services. As an adjunct professor in higher education in Department of Architecture, he teaches design studios and digital technologies courses, ranging from introduction to 3D
modeling, computer aided design and drafting (CADD), and graphic design. He recently taught an urban design studio at Cal Poly Pomona's Landscape Architecture Department. His background in urban planning and Chicana/o studies at UCLA paved the way for his interest in community development and architecture. Jesus recently established ESMAAS, the East Side Music, Arts, and Architecture Studio, working with local musicians, artists, designers, and builders in cultivating a strong communal sense for a changing East Side.

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  • Students need to have Windows Operating System laptops.
  • Students must have AutoCAD(2021) installed on their laptops prior to the first class meeting.
  • The class instructions will be based on laptops that are running Windows Operating Systems. 
  • Students must bring a mouse with them to each class meeting. 
  • The course textbook is optional but recommended for practice outside of class. 

Fall 2021

CAD 100: Introduction to Computer-Aided Design
Register Course Code Session Dates Fees Instructor
CAD 100(FA21-1)

7 weeks of Zoom live sessions

Oct 2, 2021 - Nov 13, 2021

$1195 Jesus Abril


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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