Mechanical Drafting Certificate of Proficiency and Completion

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Program Description

The CAD/BIM Technology Associate in Applied Science Program is designed to meet entry-level employment requirements in Computer Aided Drafting/Modeling occupations and provide students with a broad range of employment opportunities in Architectural, Civil, Mechanical, and BIM (Building Information Modeling).  In addition, students may elect a specific area of concentration to meet their personal goals or occupational requirements. 

Career Opportunities

CAD/BIM technicians translate the ideas and rough sketches of architects, engineers and designers into 2D plans and 3D models.  Experienced workers may advance to building modelers, plan checkers, detailers or design drafters. A typical work week will consist of 40 hours, but overtime may be required to meet deadlines.  CAD/BIM Technicians can work for engineers, architectural firms, manufacturing plants, designers, and a wide variety of government agencies.  See Information Technology » Computer Aided Drafting Technology for more career and employment information.

Program Outcomes

At the completion for the CAD/BIM Technology Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, think critically, formulate, and present accurate solutions to the assigned projects
  • Able to use a variety of effective communication tools and skills to support conclusions, project solutions and technical documentation
  • Apply knowledge related academic skills, applied mathematics and industry software platforms to resolve technical engineering / drafting problems
  • Commit to the quality of results in assigned projects and professional and ethical responsibility related to their professional discipline
  • Actively engage on diverse, multi-disciplinary teams

In addition, students who complete the program will demonstrate the following skills standards specific to CAD-BIM Technology:

  • Produce a personal portfolio of industry standard documents utilizing a variety of computer drafting applications
  • Develop complete plans to meet the needs of the (AEC) Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries
  • Create 3-D parametric building models and related content using Autodesk Revit. Use embedded information to analyze and document building characteristics
  • Develop plans and profiles, section views, sub division maps, grading plans with accurate and correct interpretation of survey data utilizing survey instruments
  • Model mechanical design concepts in 3D utilizing industry recognized solid modeling software

Program Information

  • Students should expect early exposure to a wide range of software applications and file management
  • Textbooks and required tools are estimated to range from $300.00 - $500.00 for the 2-Year program
  • Lab fee included in tuition costs will be charged for each appropriate course
  • Program experiences will include E-Learning and innovative use of technology

AAS Degree Requirements

The Associates in Applied Science (AAS) Degree represents the attainment of skills generally required for immediate application in an occupational field. The degree concentrates on the technical aspects of the student’s chosen career area. To qualify for the degree, a student must successfully complete three of the five possible certificates, meet the requirements of the approved AAS program and earn at least 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above. The minimum 90 credits must include at least three credits in each of these areas: reading/writing, speaking/listening, computation and human relations for a minimum of 12 distribution credits.  Courses for the degree should be selected with the assistance of an academic advisor in accordance with a prescribed program of study listed for CAD Technology. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in core and distribution courses is required for graduation.

Program Requirement

ENGL 095 and MATH 090 or higher are required

Certificate Requirements

The Certificate of Completion represents successful completion of core requirements totaling 45 or more credits in a specific occupational program. The Certificate of Completion is comprised of industry-based skill courses and general education requirements (courses 100-level and above: English 101, Communication, Computation and Human Relations.) The Certificate of Completion generally recognizes a student’s attainment of the skills necessary for entry-level employment in a given occupational field.

Note: Any course listed in two categories of the General Education for Associate in Applied Science can satisfy both of the Certificate of Completion requirements. 

The Certificate of Proficiency represents successful completion of core requirements totaling 20-44 credits in a specific occupational program. The Certificate of Proficiency is comprised of industry-based skill courses and a demonstrated minimum proficiency equivalent to ENGL 090 and MATH 090.

The Certificate of Achievement represents successful completion of core requirements totaling fewer than 20 credits. It is comprised of industry-based skill courses. No general education courses and no minimum level of English or Math are required.

Admission: CAD/BIM Technology Program has an open enrollment policy with curriculum paths starting every quarter, except summer.

Additional Program Information

Gainful Employment Disclosure


Educational Plan

Mechanical Drafting

Certificate of Proficiency
34 credits

Certificate of Completion
52-54 credits

Core Requirements – Certificate Proficiency 

No course description for: CAD101
No course description for: CAD120
No course description for: CAD150
No course description for: CAD160

Additional Requirements – Mechanical Drafting Certificate of Completion
No course description for: CAD241
No course description for: CAD242
No course description for: CAD243

General Education Requirements – Certificates of Completion


No course description for: ENGL&101

Additional Communication: 

No course description for: MATH101

Human Relations
Choose 3 to 5 credits



Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised March 21, 2017