Graduates of the CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) and/or the Technical Illustration program use computer graphics and traditional drafting skills to communicate complex information, such as intricate engineering projects, or to develop graphics to explain and promote products. Graduates have enjoyed 100 percent employment for several years.
Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) involves developing technical and artistic skills to become a drafting technician or technologist with strong knowledge of industry standard software. The program is flexible, offering you the opportunity to focus on the areas that interest you most.
The first year of the program introduces you to the concepts of drafting. You will learn the basics of AutoCAD, mathematics, topography, architecture, physical sciences, and other related topics. After successful completion of the first year of study you will receive a certificate in Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) focusing on traditional and more advanced computer-aided drafting skills relevant to the demands of the changing Canadian industry. Graduates of the certificate may enter the workforce equipped with a basic understanding of architecture, computers, mechanical and topographical drawing and design.
With the certificate in hand, you also have the option of completing a second year to earn the CADD Technical Illustration diploma. Second year courses expand upon the concepts learned in the first year and involve more practical application of various software packages.
We work hard to keep the program aligned with industry standards. Annual meetings of an advisory board made up of local professionals, college faculty, and CADD students ensure standards are maintained. In addition, computer hardware and software is kept current with regular upgrades.
This program will be challenging. Having a strong background in computers, mathematics, and physics is an asset to anyone entering the program. Time management skills are also necessary as the program has an especially heavy course load.
Graduates of this program will find employment opportunities with:
High school diploma with
Academic Transition Plan (ATP)
If you do not possess all of the admission requirements, the Academic Transition Plan (ATP) may provide conditional acceptance to this program, provided space is available. ATP is individualized to meet your needs.
First Year (Common to Certificate and Diploma programs)
CADD 125 CADD Applications
CADD 131 Building Systems
CADD 155 Statics Strength of Material
MATH 145 Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus
CADD 106 Introduction to AutoCAD
CADD 171 Descriptive Geometry with AutoCAD
CADD 111 Technical Drafting and Descriptive Geometry with AutoCAD
CADD 135 Fluid Mechanics
CADD 140 Surveying and Topography
CADD 143 Engineering Materials/Physics
CADD 150 Advanced Drafting CADD Design
CADD 185 Residential Architecture Design
ENGL 125 Introductory Report Writing and Speech
MICO 191 Introduction to Microcomputers
CADD 160 Survey Fieldwork
CADD Technical Illustration Diploma
CADD 201 Building Design I - Technical Illustration
CADD 215 Project Management/Contract Specifications
CADD 241 Piping and Pressure Vessel Design
CADD 247 Civil Design I - Civil 3D® & GIS
CADD 280 Civil Design II - Structural Design
CADD 220 Building Design II - Commercial Architectural
CADD 230 Mechanical Design
CADD 255 Technical Report/Illustration
CADD 269 Civil Design III - Municipal
CADD 291 Building Design III - Technical Illustration
You may enrol in the CADD Technical Illustrator program after successful completion of year one.
To successfully complete the certificate and/or the diploma program you must:
• Attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
• Complete the program with no failures or incompletes in the required courses.
Lethbridge College or SAIT Polytechnic
You have the option of transferring to the Engineering Drafting and Design program upon completion of the CADD certificate.
Athabasca University provides two years of block transfer towards their four-year Bachelor of Professional Arts degree in Communication Studies. For more information, consult the Athabasca University Liaison Officer at Medicine Hat College at 403-504-2209.
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