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Butte College 2016-2017 Catalog. Program details:

Drafting and CAD Technology

Career/Technical
AS Degree in Drafting and CAD Technology
Certificate of Achievement in Drafting and CAD Technology
Certificate in 3D Mechanical Applications
Certificate in Architectural Drafting and Modeling

Drafting and CAD Technology Program
John Dahlgren, Chair (530) 879-4116
Department Office: AHPS 251 (530) 895-2531
Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378

About the Program

The Drafting and CAD Technology program is designed to prepare students to meet the drafting requirements of industry. The diversity of the program allows students to pursue a career with a variety of companies that employ drafters. The program can be arranged to earn either a Certificate of Achievement or an AS degree.

In CAD and solids modeling, students will discover real-world connections for their interests in math and science, and through hands-on activities improve their skills and become more confident. A year or more of high school drafting is very beneficial. Students need to be neat, methodical, and have an aptitude for spatial thinking. Students who are still enrolled in high school and who are considering a career as a drafter are encouraged to take courses in trigonometry, physical science, and computer science.



Career Opportunities
Students who complete this program will be able to prepare drawings for individuals and companies in the architectural, civil engineering, construction, and manufacturing technology fields. Students will gain extensive experience using computer aided drafting (CAD) techniques. Students will also have experience reading construction drawings and interpreting specifications.

Gainful Employment Information
Certificate of Achievement in Drafting and CAD Technology:
www.butte.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment/0132400CA.html




To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog.

Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog.


AS Degree in Drafting and CAD Technology 60 Units Minimum

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the role of technical graphics in the engineering design process.
  • Produce dimensioned technical drawings using various techniques including computer-aided drafting (CAD), 3D modeling, and freehand sketching.
  • Read and interpret the information provided by technical drawings in architectural, engineering, construction, and manufacturing applications.
  • Produce a comprehensive project, 3D model, or set of drawings including specifications from a broad instruction set to an industry-based expectation for completeness and correctness.
Required courses for the major: 33 Units

DFT 8 Engineering Graphics II Has prerequisite(s)3
  or ENGR 3 Plane Surveying I (3)Has prerequisite(s)
MATH 20 Trigonometry Has prerequisite(s)3


Certificate of Achievement in Drafting and CAD Technology 21 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the role of technical graphics in the engineering design process and in the architectural design process.
  • Produce dimensioned technical drawings using various techniques including computer-aided drafting (CAD), 3D modeling, and freehand sketching.
  • Read and interpret the information provided by technical drawings in architectural, engineering, construction, and manufacturing applications.
  • Produce a project, architecture-based model from a given instruction set to an industry-based expectation for completeness and correctness.
Required courses for the certificate:
MATH 20 Trigonometry Has prerequisite(s)3


Certificate in 3D Mechanical Applications 9 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Use a solid modeling application like Solid Works or Autodesk Inventor to develop parts, assemblies and output annotated drawings.
  • Interpret and differentiate technical information provided on a manufacturing or fabrication print, including dimensions, tolerances, and specifications and other precision detail.
  • Explain and demonstrate the use of added tools for 3D modeling including simulation, conversion from CAD (computer aided drafting) and specialty tools like sheet metal development, weldment development as well as animation and motion.
Required courses for the certificate:
DFT 8 Engineering Graphics II Has prerequisite(s)3


Certificate in Architectural Drafting and Modeling 12 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Read and interpret information provided by construction documents including: Plans, specifications, details and sections.
  • Properly setup a CAD (computer-aided drafting) application like AutoCAD with drafting settings to create, edit, and save drawing files.
  • Prepare a residential plan set with proper properties, layers, types and developments in model form with associated layouts for architectural applications.
  • Identify, create and modify different types of building elements, views, and rendered views using a 3D modeling tool for architecture .
Required courses for the certificate:

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