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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.

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This course provides students with a broad introduction into 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and modeling with a focus on construction- and architecture-specific applications. Students will learn how to use industry-leading CAD software programs (Autodesk and AutoCad) to model construction projects, and then create and distribute basic, industry-standard architectural drawings.

Optional Textbook: Autocad 2023 Instructor
Software Needed: Students can download the AutoCAD software for free:

Class begins on September 21, 2024. Class ends on November 2, 2024. (These meetings will be virtual via ZOOM)

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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)

  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.

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.

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


The current course schedule which includes class meeting times, locations and design is subject to change without notice or obligation. The University does not guarantee the availability of a particular course or section, and reserves the right to cancel due to insufficient enrollment.

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