Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Program (ELC.1Q)
Graduate with a solid foundation in AutoCAD. Hands-on training in manufacturing, engineering, and architectural drafting. Get real work experience with an extensive internship. Become a CAD Technician in just 16 months.
What is Engineering Design and Drafting?
Engineering design is the process of developing a tool, machine, or component that meets a specific need. This process involves steps like:
- Identifying the need or problem
- Conducting research on existing solutions, target users or customers
- Specifying product requirements and key features
- Developing a solution or concept
- Building a prototype
- Testing the prototype
- Producing documentation of the product (so it can be manufactured)
CAD technicians take the initial concept and specifications developed by the engineer, and turn them into drawings, blueprints, and instructions for assembly.
These are the skills you will learn in Herzing’s Computer-Aided-Design and Drafting program.
Your Role as a CAD Technician
Computer-aided design (CAD) technicians produce technical drawings for engineers, architects, and construction companies. They help bring all kinds of products to life, from small machines to entire buildings.
CAD technicians use specialized software to produce:
- Exploded views
- 3D models
- Product animations and visualizations
- Assembly guides
- Materials lists
- Front, side and rear elevations
- Isometric views
- Parametric modelling
These are the documents and guidelines manufacturers use to assemble the final product or structure. CAD technicians don’t develop the initial concept—but they play an essential role in making it real.
Herzing College Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Program
Herzing College offers an accelerated Computer-Aided Design and Drafting program with 3 different areas of study in architectural, engineering, and mechanical drafting.
- 16-month diploma program
- 25 hours of class time per week
- 16-week internship
- Multiple program start-dates throughout the year
- Financial assistance available to students who qualify
- 100% graduate employment rate in 2019 (based on most recent available data)
Choose your study track
Students choose which track they begin with, and then work through the other study areas. Your training concludes with the internship.
By the end of the program, you will have the software knowledge and drafting skills to work in all three areas of design and drafting:
Track 1: Visualization & Animation in Engineering Design
Track 2: Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Drafting & Design
Track 3: Architectural / Engineering/ Construction Building Design
Excellent overview of training & careers: Becoming a CAD Technician: 10 Things to Know Before You Begin
There is steady demand for CAD technicians in Quebec. Successful graduates of our Computer-Aided Design and Drafting program can start careers at:
- Architecture firms
- Engineering firms
- Construction companies
- Manufacturing companies
Related job titles include:
- Mechanical Engineering Technologist
- Industrial Engineering Technologist
- Architectural Draftsperson
- Technologist in Drafting
- CAD Technician
Where do Herzing Grads Get Hired?
Graduates of our Computer-Aided Design and Drafting program have been hired at:
The Computer-Aided Design and Drafting program teaches the software and technical skills needed to become a CAD technician or draftsperson. This program is project-based and provides hands-on experience with the latest software.
In this program you will learn:
- AutoCAD and MCAD fundamentals
- 3D VIZ fundamentals (used for architectural presentation drawings and animations)
- 3D Studio Max (used for rendering and animation in mechanical design)
- Autodesk Mechanical Desktop (used for creating 3D drawings and presentations of machine elements)
- Autodesk Inventor (used to create working drawings and animations of mechanical assemblies, plus 3D models of mechanical parts, assemblies, sheet layouts, etc.)
- SolidWorks (used to create 3D parametric modelling in mechanical design and manufacturing)
- Autodesk Architectural Desktop (used for architectural projects)
- AutoDesk Revit (used for construction applications, such as structural steel drafting and pre-cast concrete)
Click to see a detailed description of each course:
Use a computerized workstation and application software-TA01; Customize a CAD software package-TA20.
This course introduces basic microcomputer hardware and software applications. An overview of microcomputer hardware is presented for the purpose of using a computer effectively. Students also obtain a firm foundation in file management using an operating system, transferring files using FTP, using the Internet effectively for research, printing, configuring and customizing the workstation environment. In the second part of this course, students are exposed to office productivity software. Topics include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases using the Microsoft Office suite.
In the third part of this course, students will be introduced to many of the productivity tools available in AutoCAD® for windows. Topics include: interface customization, import/export using Clipboard, Dynamic Data Exchange, Object Linking and Embedding, modifying the ACAD.PGP file, accelerator keys, menu customization, command macros, sources of AutoCAD utilities, script files, slide libraries, render tools and development tools.
Produce standard detail drawings using CAD software-TA04; Customize a CAD software package-TA20; Interpret technical drawings in various fields- TA45. 2-D commands are studied along with ways of accessing them through several routes in the software structure. The course covers comprehensive descriptions, explanations, and practical applications of the fundamentals of AutoCAD and its new innovations. In addition, this course places the student into his future work environment. Manufacturing activities are described and the role of the drafter is put into context. The course also introduces architectural and mechanical standards and the application of these standards to typical engineering drawings. Topics include orthographic projection, auxiliary views, proper use of sectioning, reading the appropriate scales associated with various drafting disciplines, customizing and applying appropriate line types and sketching, applying dimensioning standards to various drafting and design fields, defining and inserting blocks with attributes, page setup and plotting techniques on various sheet sizes in relation to diverse CADD disciplines. These techniques will be related to the appropriate commands used in Autodesk’s AutoCAD.
Use a CAD software in another field-TA28. This course provides a practical application of the 3D STUDIO MAX® software. Drawings are produced that utilize all of the effect typically required in architectural presentation drawings. This includes rendering, lighting, material designation, and animation capabilities. Animation includes walking through a structure to view the interior and walking around the structure to view the exterior. Extensive editing is utilized to transform objects and to experiment with the application of colors and materials to objects. This covers an application of CAD systems used by engineering firms who are not using AutoCAD® to create realistic rendering presentations and animations. The goal of the course is to transfer knowledge acquired through the use of one CAD software package to another. Methods of exchanging these types of drawing files into AutoCAD will be studied.
Create three dimensional drawings using cad software- TA09 This course introduces AutoCAD’s 3D modeling and visualization capabilities. AutoCAD three- dimensional wireframes, surface models, solid models, and rendering capabilities will be covered. The rendering of 3D surface and solid models is an effective way to visualize and communicate designs.
Produce a mechanical design project using a CAD software – TA29. Basic elements of 3D STUDIO MAX® including file management, main interface layout and navigation and basic object creation are discussed. Skills for transforming objects and applying basic modifiers are taught. An introduction to material selection, rendering and basic concepts of key-framing (animation) is also included. This course is ideal for development of photo realistic models in engineering and design applications. In addition, advanced topics in object creation including lofting, Boolean and other modifiers are presented. Elements of lights, cameras and material/texture definitions are incorporated in development of photo realistic scenes. Advanced rendering and animation techniques, as well as basic video post concepts are included.
The first step in CAD training requires a thorough knowledge of commands and features of the CAD software. This intensive, hands-on course prepares the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for creating a basic 2D drawing and 3D models in MCAD. Other areas of study include editing, view manipulation, text, dimensioning, hatching, block definition and attributes, extracting 2D multiviews from the 3D models and plotting techniques.NOTE: The prep course is taught at a level that assumes students have completed senior secondary school math, and science or equivalent.
Produce standard assembly drawings using cad software.-TA07; Analyze the occupation-012D. The course introduces Mechanical Engineering Drafting standards and the application of these standards to typical Engineering Drawings using AutoDesk’s AutoCAD®. In addition, this course is an introduction to geometric dimensioning and tolerancing as applied to conventional dimensioning practices. This course also provides an ample opportunity to create a set of drawings using CADD standards that are typically used in the Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering industry. A pictorial illustration of a final design is presented along with assembly drawings and scaled layouts (detail drawings) that indicate the general sizes of individual piece parts.
Measure and Interpret dimensions of objects.-TA05; Design machine elements-TA06. This course gives special consideration to the design and presentation of plastics and sheet metal, with special consideration given to the manufacturing process. Students will be required to use catalogues and information available on the Internet during this course. Working drawings of an assembly drawing is presented along with scaled layouts that indicate the general sizes, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing of new or existing piece parts (detail drawings). Presentations are made in an orthographic format and in a three-dimensional format using AutoDesk’s Mechanical Desktop.
Produce three-dimensional drawings using cad software.-TA09. 3D Parametric Modeling with AutoDesk’s Inventor® including: Mechanical Parts, Assemblies, Sheet Layouts, Presentation and eDrawings: Autodesk Inventor® uses adaptive technology to speed and simplify the mechanical design process. As a dedicated 3D mechanical computer aided (MCAD) design package, it is ideally suited for conceptual design. It includes the use of part and assembly parametric modeling tools and techniques to create a complete set of working drawings for mechanical assemblies. Advanced commands will be used to create “animated” machined parts and assemblies.
Create parametric assemblies using a 3-D modeling application.-TA10. 3D Parametric Modeling with SolidWorks including: Mechanical Parts, Assemblies, Sheet Layouts, Presentation and eDrawings. This course introduces SolidWorks® and covers part modeling, detailing and assembly design. SolidWorks is a feature based parametric solid modeller used for mechanical design and manufacturing. This course covers the basic and advanced functions needed to use SolidWorks to create parts, assemblies, production drawings and rendered 3D presentations.
This is an independent study course for researching, designing, and drafting a project with emphasis on developing the necessary detail and assembly drawings for project production. Topics include the creation of a set of working drawings accompanied by a progress report, the use of brainstorming techniques, and the work necessary to produce a final oral proposal presentation for a mechanical assembly. Students choose the mechanical object and modeling software they have learned in Session B for project implementation.
The first step in CAD training requires a thorough knowledge of commands and features of the CAD software. This intensive, hands-on course prepares the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for creating a basic 2D drawing in AEC. Other areas of study include editing, view manipulation, text, dimensioning, hatching and plotting techniques. Basic 3D Modeling techniques will also be introduced.
Solve simple algebraic and trigonometric problems-TA02; Produce technical drawings – TA46. The course introduces AEC standards and the application of these standards to typical AEC drawings using AutoDesk’s AutoCAD. Topics covered are: orthogonal projections, spatial projections, profiles and sections, sketching standards, and architectural dimensioning. AEC Project Design and 3D Solid Modeling with AutoDesk’s AutoCAD includes: floor plans, front/side/rear elevations, and 3D rendered isometric and perspective views.
Use algebraic & trigonometric problems related to the drafting field.-TA08; Use CAD software in another field-TA28. This course provides a practical application of the standards that are unique to architectural and civil drafting. This course applies concepts introduced in Drafting Techniques. Architectural Desktop® AEC object tools, file and project management, 2D drawing layout and annotations are covered. Course emphasis is on the new features relating to the object-based architectural elements of the software. Software capabilities relating to the design and drafting development cycle including conceptual design, AEC modeling tools and techniques and working drawings are covered.
Customize a CAD software package-TA20; Interpret technical drawings in various fields. – TA45. Due to the construction boom in the area of Montreal, the College offers this extensive course working with Autodesk’s Architectural Desktop®. A vast knowledge of these standards will establish a foundation for advanced drafting and design and will provide you with marketable skills that are in high demand. Concepts are presented to deal with a complete introduction to structural drafting with related coverage of site, foundation and framing plans. In addition, a study is made of the application of code requirements to plan, calculate, and develop Electrical layout drawings, HVAC systems and Plumbing systems.This course will ensure that students gain all of the expertise they need to become highly competent, professional drafters in the A/E/C (Architectural/ Engineering/ Construction Building Design) field. Students will continue working with their residential projects created in the Architectural & Civil Drafting course. In addition, students will be working with VIZ Render for Architectural Desktop® developing 3D rendering images, walkthrough and fly-around video files.
Apply knowledge of one CAD software to another.-TA27. This course provides a practical application of the standards that are unique to commercial drafting. A detailed set of specifications is provided and the technician is given the task of developing a complete set of drawings for a small commercial building, using construction specifications as the source for all information and details. Presentations are made in an orthographic format (plan view and elevations) and in a three-dimensional format using AutoDesk Revit ®. The goal of the course is to transfer knowledge acquired through the use of one CAD software package to another.
Measure and interpret dimensions of objects- TA05. This course provides is a practical application of the standards that are unique to structural steel drafting and pre-cast concrete. Shop drawings are produced for steel fabrication, using appropriate symbols and designations. Calculations are made to ensure proper fit of large steel members, taking typical tolerances into consideration. Presentations are made in an orthographic format and in a three-dimensional format using AutoDesk Revit ®. Particular attention is given to the unique shapes that are available with pre-cast concrete construction. A careful study is made of the symbols that are used to specify these shapes along with the abbreviations and nomenclature that is used.
Participate in a drafting project in industry-TA37. Afterward, students will apply the knowledge and skills acquired in school during their internship. Internships are 14 weeks in duration and take place within the industry. Students will reinforce drafting and design concepts learned in school; learn new technologies, learn time management, build a professional and positive attitude, learn to work independently as well as in a team and build rapport with colleagues and customers. Students will be expected to document their work and submit it for evaluation.
What you need to get started.
- Quebec issued high school diploma or equivalent
- Minimum of two consecutive terms OR One school year interruption from full-time studies OR Minimum of one year post-secondary education
- Pass a general admissions entrance test
- Meet any additional program specific entrance requirements
SAMPLE AVERAGE SALARY RANGE:
$45,000 to $65,000
16 Months (25 hours/week)
Includes 16 week internship
2019 Program Employment Rate
100% of available Herzing College Montreal program graduates were employed in a related field.
2019 Overall Design Student Employment Rate
99% of available Herzing College Montreal design graduates were employed in a related field.
2019 Overall Graduate Employment Rate
98% of available Herzing College Montreal graduates were employed in a related field.
*statistics based on most recent available
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Why Choose this Program?
Herzing’s Computer-Aided Design and Drafting program is quick and effective. Our students learn the software and drafting skills employers want. Here’s why Herzing should be your first choice:
- Accelerated 16-month program that gets you to work faster
- Extensive 16-week internship gives you real work experience for your resume
- Learn from expert instructors with years of professional CAD and drafting experience
- Study in small classes where every student gets step-by-step support
- Enjoy the Herzing Open Education Program (HOEP), which lets you take additional courses after you graduate, tuition-free!
- We have an amazing Career Development team, who helps create your resume, prepare for interviews, and apply for CAD Technician jobs
- Herzing has a 55-year track record of quality career training employers trust
- Our grads get hired! In 2019, 100% of our CAD and Drafting graduates were employed in a related field (statistic based on most recent available data)