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AutoCAD Drafting and Design Specialist Diploma


This program provides training of 2D and 3D AutoCAD drawing and management tools commonly used in engineering, architectural design, drafting, and modeling. Drawing skills for employment in the engineering and construction industries will be emphasized. Students will gain a solid foundation in the software application of AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D, Autodesk Inventor and 3D Studio Max. 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 experience in this diverse field.

Successful students are primarily suitable for employment opportunities in the Engineering and Building Design Architecture industries where CAD skills are required. Employment opportunities and further studies may also be pursued in areas such as advanced 3D modeling, interior design, and general technical graphics design. Instruction in the latest computer aided design techniques and plenty of free lab time ensures that students will have the knowledge, skills, and competency to enter this labor force immediately upon graduation.

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) or mature student status;
  • Domestic students: Grade 10 English or pass college English assessment; International students: IELTS 6.0 proof (or equivalent) or pass college English assessment

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  • Entry-level Jobs
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Civil Engineering Drafter
  • Interior Design Drafter
  • Computer Aided Design Technician
  • 3D Modelling/Rendering Technician
  • Career Paths
  • CAD Coordinator
  • CAD Manager
  • Architecture Project Coordinator
  • Mechanical Project Coordinator
  • Rendering 3D Modeling Manager

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35 Week Diploma, 4 Week Practicum Included


AUT010 | Computer and Mathematic Fundamentals*
This course provides students the fundamental knowledge of computer operation, file management and the basics of mathematics. Major topics include Microsoft Word keyboarding skills, document formatting, Excel spreadsheet creation, linear algebra, quadratic equations, trigonometry, and geometry.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
AUT100 | AutoCAD Fundamentals*
This course provides students with knowledge and skills focusing on computer aided design and drafting using AutoCAD. Students learn the most updated techniques in computer-aided design / drafting in the engineering and building design profession. Utilizing high-end computer tools, students gain knowledge in producing drawings in 2-dimensional environment as well as basic 3-dimensional models.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
AUT150 | AutoCAD Advanced
This course provides students with in-depth studies in advanced level AutoCAD commands and drawing management techniques. A complete overview focuses on project orientated drafting and design skills with an emphasis on scaled 2-Dimensional project drawing in model and paper space layout settings. Students also learn advanced 3-Dimensional tools to create surface models and composite solid models.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100.
CCT100 | Building Code
This course provides students the knowledge of the Canadian city zoning bylaws and the British Columbia Building Code. Major topics include the study of building zoning, construction methods, design specifications, occupant safety, fire protection, accessibility, wood-framed structures, and application of span tables and basic understanding of energy efficient building design. Students learn to use AutoCAD to prepare a full set of single family building design plans.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100.
CCT140 | Construction Estimating 1
This course provides students with the knowledge necessary to estimate and control construction activities for typical building and civil engineering construction projects. Topics include residential, commercial and civil infrastructure estimating methods, quantity takeoff, and cost calculation procedures of construction components. An overview of the contractual responsibilities and relationships between the various parties to a construction contract and tendering processes is also covered.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, CCT100.
AUT050 | Engineering Graphics
This course provides students an overview of mechanical engineering graphics and design conventions. Computer Aided Design and drafting programs such as AutoCAD will be used in solving graphics problems. Orthographic, isometric, sections and standard dimension techniques are covered in this course as well.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: AUTO100, AUT150.
AUT075 | AutoDesk 3D Studio Max
This course provides students with basic knowledge in using 3D Studio Max software to create 3-dimensional module with animation effects. Topics include 3D solid modeling, material selection, lighting settings and animation. Students also learn to import 3D module files into Studio Max software.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
AUT200 | AutoDesk Inventor
This course introduces students to the application of Autodesk Inventor to create 3-dimensional parametric computer model. The Inventor model is an accurate 3D digital prototype that enables users to validate design and engineering data during the modeling process. With innovative approaches, the program allows the user to accelerate and simplify the concept-to-manufacturing stage. Major topics included sketches, part modeling, assembly creation, constraint applications, sheet metal modeling, welding assembly and drawing production.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
AUT310 | Revit Architecture
This course is a parametric Building Information Modeling (BIM) program. Students use Revit® Architecture to learn building information modeling and the tools for parametric building design and documentation. Students begin the course by learning the fundamental features of Revit and progress through design modeling to drawing production. Major topics include the modeling of basic building structures, wall type selection, building interior design, family customization, site creation, roof design, 3D walkthrough, rendering and sheet production.

Duration: 80 hours, 4 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
AUT 450 | AutoCAD for Interior Design
This course provides students the skills in creating interior design drawings for commercial and hospitality project. Students use AutoCAD to create conceptual and detailed design for drawing. Main topics include partition design, ceiling plan design, interior furniture selection, interior cross section layout, space planning, and wheel chair access design. Students learn how to design building architectural and interior features in accordance with the local building code and Bylaw standards.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
AUT 810 | Civil 3D
The course provides students with the knowledge to use Autodesk Civil 3D computer software for civil engineering, land development and infrastructure design. Students learn how to create civil plans, profiles, and cross sections as well as 3-Dimensional corridor models. Major topics include survey data imports, creation of land surfaces, land parcels, roadway alignments, underground piping layout, and infrastructure assemblies. Students also learn Civil 3D drafting procedures, dynamic model updating techniques and the computation of earth work as well as pavement material quantities.

Duration: 80 hours, 4 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
AUT650 | Portfolio Development
This course prepares students the skills for a working portfolio which will assist the students in presenting themselves during interviews or seminars. Students learn how to produce a portfolio in the areas of computer aided design, engineering and architectural 2D, and 3D models drawings. Students also learn to prepare the resume, cover letter as well as the interview skills.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
AUT410 | Building Piping Services
This course covers the principals of plumbing piping system design with a strong emphasis on the application piping components, material selection and design layout which applies to water, storm and sanitary piping systems in buildings. Students learn to calculate hydraulic loads for fixtures units and prepare piping design drawings for residential as well as commercial building projects. Students also learn to apply British Columbia Plumbing Code in the design of plumbing piping systems.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
AUT140 | Technical Communications
Technical communication skills are required in services, business and technical working environments. This course focuses on the verbal, writing and the presentation skills within the scope of architecture and engineering. Students learn to produce technical report documents as well as the skills to present their project drawings.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
WEP150 | Practicum
The student will have the opportunity to integrate theory and skills learnt during the program with practical situation from the real world of business. The purpose is to obtain relevant field experience prior to graduation and identify strengths prior to embarking on a new, exciting career.

Duration: 150 hours, 4 weeks.

The program is delivered in an in-class instruction method. The program has an intermittent intake model. Students start the program with the course indicated with (*) and then complete the remaining lecture courses in any order unless there is a prerequisite. Refer to course description for prerequisite.

ENHANCE YOUR CAREER AutoCAD Drafting and Design Specialist

" Smaller class sizes helped me to participate more in the class activities and I had more opportunities to interact with the teacher and the classmates. "
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