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Those taking this certificate will be trained to use 2D and 3D AutoCAD drawing, and management tools commonly used in Engineering and Design. Drawing skills for employment in the engineering and construction industries will be emphasized. Students will gain a solid foundation on AutoCAD and, depending on the elective chosen, AutoDesk Architectural Desktop, AutoDesk Inventor. All of these tools are used extensively in engineering and public works. In addition to the various engineering tools, students will acquire skills in design areas such as desktop publishing and computer graphics.

This 17-week certificate program is fully instructor-led, allowing students to navigate swiftly through engineering and design theory and AutoCAD software. The curriculum includes experiential classes and workshops facilitated by various industry experts. All instructors at Brighton College are qualified professionals who have relevant designations and a minimum of 5 years experience in the industry.

The duration of the program is 13 weeks:
20 hours/week lecture and discussion and 4 week optional program (17 weeks).

Admission Requirements

At least 18 years old; high school graduation or equivalent; pass college admission test; proof of IELTS level 5.5 or equivalent.

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The Computer Aided Design and Drafting Certificate program consists of 6 core courses focusing on the application of AutoCAD to create engineering and architectural drawings. Students will learn to use high level computer aided design techniques and the most current parametric design approach to create 2-dimensional drawings as well as 3-dimensional models.

AUT 100, 3 Weeks | AutoCAD Fundamentals
This course will give students an introduction and overview focusing on Computer Aided Design and drafting using AutoCAD on a PC platform. Explore the use of computer-aided design in the profession. Utilizing high-end computer tools, students will gain knowledge in basic AutoCAD settings and acquire some fundamental 2 dimensional technical drawing skills.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - 2D Drawing, Drafting, Computer Software Skills
AUT 150, 3 Weeks | AutoCAD Advanced
This course introduces and emphasizes AutoCAD three-dimensional drawing concepts and model creation settings. The application of isometric assembly, three-dimensional user defined coordinate system, surface modeling, 3D object creation / editing and multiple viewport presentation and viewing technique will be the focus. Students will acquire the knowledge in the concept of forming and editing composite solid models in spatial orientation. Rendering technique and multiple viewport presenta¬tion for solid models will also be emphasized in this course.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Advanced 2D Drafting, 3D Modeling, Rendering and Animation
CCT 100, 2 Weeks | Building Code
This course will give students a thorough understanding of the Canadian building law and the British Columbia Building Code. Major topics include the study of the zoning, all aspects of residential and commercial building construction standards, design specifications, occupant safety and professional practice which may affect the design and construction of the building. Occupational health and safety in local workplace will also be emphasized in this course.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Legislative Knowledge, Safety Knowledge, Communication
CCT 140, 2 Weeks | Construction Estimating 1
This course provides the student with the knowledge necessary to estimate and control construction activities for typical building and civil engineering construction projects. Topics include construction equipment, planning, quantity takeoffs, productivity rates, costing, and construction inspection. The second part introduces the legal aspects of construction contract administration. Topics include an overview of the Canadian legal system, contractual responsibilities and relationships between the various parties to a construction contract, bonding, liens and holdbacks, tendering, types of construction contracts, contents of a contract document, and the application of typical clauses to construction-related issues.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Local Code and Graphical Interpretation, Planning, Calculations, Problem Solving
AUT 310, 3 Weeks | Revit Architecture
This course is a powerful parametric Building Information Modeling (BIM) program that works the way Architects think. From Preliminary Design through Design Development, and into Construction Documents, the program streamlines the design process with a central 3D model. Students use Revit® Architecture to learn about building information modeling and the tools for parametric building design and documentation. Students begin the course by learning the fundamental features of Revit Architecture, and then progressing through schematic design and construction documentation, before finishing with design visualization.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - 3D Modeling, Computer Software Skills, Design Visualization
AUT 700, 4 Weeks | Work Experience/Practicum (Optional)
Students will be at various small and mid-sized engineering / design businesses within the lower mainland. The purpose of this time is to apply the theory and skills learnt throughout the program and observe professionals in practical situations. The students will also acquire situational-specific skills and identify areas that may need to be developed further. Students receive feedback and evaluation of their performance and gain valuable contacts in this diverse field.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Workplace Skills, Situational Problem Solving
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" I wanted to get high quality training in a field I would love, so Brighton College was a good choice! I know the training I am learning here will help me with my future. "
Darius Slowik Brighton College Alumni

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