Mechanical CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) Certificate

Program Code: 906061

The Mechanical CAD Certificate is designed for a person seeking introductory Auto CAD and Mechanical Design skills. The certificate comprises 13 credits that may be applied toward the Mechanical Design Technology program.


Certificate Completers will be able to

• Perform the functions of a CAD operator.
• Create orthographic mechanical drawings.

Completers will be able to apply credits toward the following programs:

• 106061, Mechanical Design Technology


Requirements for Certificate Entry:

• High school background in mathematics, science, and industrial education.
• High school diploma or equivalent.
• High school algebra or equivalent.
• Competency in Windows, Word and Excel.

Catalog No. Description
10-606-116 CAD (COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING-INTRODUCTION) ...CAD terminology, drawing preliminaries, basic inquiry and setting commands, layer setting and manipulation, basic drawing and display commands, basic edit commands, and plotting.
10-606-119 SKETCHING-TECHNICAL ...graphically describe objects without CAD system or mechanical drawing aids; fundamental components of design process: lettering, geometric construction, orthographic projection, isometric sketching, section views, auxiliary views, and dimensioning. (Prerequisite: Accepted to Mechanical Design program or CAD Certificate; 10-606-116, CAD Intro with "C" or better)
10-606-168 LARGE MODEL MANAGEMENT ...building large assemblies from SolidWorks, Inventor, and 3D Point Cloud data. Utilizing assembly/sub-assembly structure. Exposure to CAD file management and work flows using AutoDesk Vault. Using the large assemblies to create factory layouts. Exposure to NavisWorks and AutoDesk Plant Design.
10-606-210 SOLIDWORKS FUNDAMENTALS, ASSEMBLIES AND DRAWINGS ...Terminology; software operation and interface basics, creating basic models, casting and forging models, revolved a swept features, SolidWorks drawing environment, completely dimensioned orthographic drawings; model troubleshooting. (Corequisite: 10-606-119, Technical Sketching)
10-606-211 MECHANICAL AUTOCAD FUNDAMENTALS ...fully dimensioned orthographic mechanical drawings; section and asuxiliary views, mechanical assembly drawings, advanced layer management. (Corequisite: 10-606-116, CAD-Intro with a "C" or better and 10-606-119, Sketching, Technical)
10-606-214 FABRICATION AND ASSEMBLY DESIGN ... sheetmetal drawings, welding drawings, threads and fasteners, working drawing documentation, GC&T, group design project.(Prerequisites: 10-606-210, SW Fund, Assemblies, Dwgs; 10-606-211 Mechanical AutoCAD Fundamentals)
10-614-136 MODEL 3D-AUTOCAD-ADVANCED ...Virtual Solid 3D modeling using Autodesk AutoCAD; Advanced 3D commands, Advanced Solids Editing, Creating 3D Feature, Basic Assemblies, Create/Plotting working drawings, Fundamentals for Rapid Prototyping; importing/exporting data.
Certificate Total


10-606-122, CAD-Fabrication & Assembly is offered in the Spring semester only.
Please note that enrollment in some courses requires an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores. See course descriptions for detail; equivalent assessment scores are acceptable. To learn more about these assessments and benchmark scores, please contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.