Industrial Drafting Program (5725) A.C.S.
Comprehensive training in AutoCAD to produce professional technical drawings for manufacturing and construction. Learn industry-standard industrial drafting skills and get real work experience before you graduate.
This program leads to a Diploma in Vocational Studies (DVS) recognized by the Minister of Education and Higher Education of Quebec.
Herzing College Montreal is a post-secondary institution recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Learning (permit number 749758) and a secondary vocational studies institution (permit number 534501)
What is Your Role as an Industrial Drafter?
Industrial drafters interpret the ideas of engineers and present them in the language of manufacturing and construction. They use AutoCAD software to produce a variety of technical drawings and documentation, including:
- Power train systems (gears, cams, chains, belt drives)
- Machine housing
- Assembly details
Herzing College Industrial Drafting Program
Herzing’s Industrial Drafting program teaches students how to produce the technical drawings and data needed for manufacturing and construction.
- 14-month diploma program
- 35 class hours per week
- Comprehensive training in AutoCAD software
- 3-week internship
- Multiple program start-dates throughout the year
- Financial assistance may be available for students who qualify
Focus on AutoCAD Training
The Industrial Drafting program at Herzing focuses heavily on AutoCAD training. Courses are project-based so students can get comfortable using AutoCAD to produce all the required technical drawings, including:
- Exterior views
- Sectional views
- Auxiliary views
- 3D objects and models
- Animated models
- Exploded assembly views
There is steady demand for skilled industrial drafters in Montreal and throughout Quebec. Graduates of Herzing’s Industrial Drafting program will find career opportunities at:
- Consulting and construction companies
- Utility, resource and manufacturing companies
Possible job titles include:
- Drafting Technologist
- Computer-Assisted Drafting (CAD) Technician
- Mechanical draftsperson
Who Hires Herzing Graduates?
Graduates of our Industrial Drafting training program have been hired by:
Learn more about careers: What to Expect at Your First Industrial Drafting Job
Study topics for the Industrial Drafting program cover all the skills and knowledge needed to start a career in this field. You will learn how to:
- Interpret engineering design specifications and concepts
- Create schematics and technical drawings in AutoCAD
- Apply national standards for dimensioning and notation
- Produce complete documentation packages and drawing sets
- Create accurate Bills of Materials
- Modify/correct existing drawings
- Maintain electronic files and updated hard copies
- Take and apply accurate measurements
- Design a simple technical object from scratch
- Microsoft Word and Excel
Click to see a detailed description of industrial drafting courses
The aim of this module is to get students to learn about the trade and the training processes, and their professional orientation. They will start with getting acquainted with the different jobs related to manufacturing, and about the nature of the work and the skills required. They will finally, evaluate and confirm their choice of professional orientation.
In this module, students will learn to solve problems related to industrial drafting. For this, they will learn to calculate linear dimensions, surface areas, and volume of objects. They will learn how to calculate the mass of an object, the dimensions of triangular shape and others and the gear and speed ratios between components of a mechanical system.
The aim of this module is to produce sketches, learn about projections and how to construct them, create sectional auxiliary and partial views of various objects, apply dimensions in accordance with national and international standards.
During this module, students will learn to interpret technical drawings, visualize parts in three-dimensional views, learn about standards for dimensioning and notation, relate dimensions between various views of a part or assembly and determine the functions of assembly components.
The students will learn how to use a workstation. They will start with using the major features of an operating system, and search for information with the help system. Then, they will create and format documents with a word processing application, and they will also create documents with a spreadsheet application. They will become familiar with the internet, including how to find and retrieve technical information.
In this module, students will produce drawings of mechanical components. They will start with organizing their work, drawing exterior views of the object, sectional views, auxiliary views and adding the dimensions and notations. Then, they will verify the drawings, print the layout on the plotter and archive the documents.
In this module, the students identify the fasteners on a drawing or on an existing mechanical parts and research the characteristics of these fasteners in the technical documentation. They will draw fasteners, import fasteners from electronic block libraries and represent the components in the drawings.
Students will learn to represent the position and orientation of the components and fasteners, identify the various mechanical components in a mechanism, represent component motion on the drafting board and illustrate the relationship between components in a perspective sketch.
In this module, the students will learn about common materials used in manufacturing processes, specify the product’s method of manufacture in drawing details and annotations, use symbols for machining, surface finish and fabrication techniques, learn about the material properties and simple calculations for stress and loads.
The aim of this module is to produce assembly drawings. Students learn the correct interpretation of part details and drawings features, organize their work, draw components for manufacturing, insert standard parts from electronic part libraries, use dimensions and notes to clarify assembly details and specifications, verify the drawing, print the documents and archive them.
The aim of this module is to learn to use the specialized functions of a computer-assisted drawing application, customize the graphic environment of the application, create template drawings with blocks of attributes, create and print scaled views, work in 3D with surface objects, show exploded assembly views, use external reference files in assembly drawings.
In this module, students will take and interpret measurements. They will learn to plan their work, prepare the measuring instruments and the objects to measure. They will measure parts with different shapes, verify the physical characteristics of the parts, sketch the parts and maintain the measuring instruments.
The aim of this module is to determine the required tolerances related to mechanical parts, to analyze the functional conditions of the object, to establish dimension chains and tolerance values, to determine and apply geometrical tolerancing and dimensioning to the drawings.
In this module, students will learn methods for checking, analyzing and correcting drawings. They will analyze the drawings and the data related to the project conception. They will gather reference documents related to the project, verify the drawing and the validity of the corrections. They will also add revision annotations and lists for updated designs.
The aim of this module is to identify the illustrate power train systems such as gears, cams, chains, belt drives of an existing mechanism. Students will identify power train systems on a drawing, search for power train features in technical documentation, perform calculations and draw correct power train systems. They will also import power train components from electronic libraries.
The aim of this module is to produce development drawings of different object shapes. Students will learn to organize their work, draw the intersection of sheet metal parts, compute the required material quantity and sheet layout and determine bend allowance in bent and formed parts. They will also verify the drawing and archive the documents.
The aim of this module is to make 3D models from 2D drawings, to construct the parts in 3D solid models of the object, to assemble the mechanism in a 3D presentation and to display the 3D model in renderings and animate it with a script file.
The aim of this module is to draw the housing of a machine. Students will identify the function of a machine frame components, draw the structural elements, represent fasteners, anchor points and welded joints and calculate the weight and the floor area of the housing and other data.
The aim of this module is to produce drawings for a mechanical system from orthographic projections, to interpret drawings and technical documentation for a design project, to draw parts to be manufactured, and to correctly represent standard parts, fasteners and power train components.
The aim of this module is to search for a job by applying the right tools. Students will prepare related documents such as curriculum vitae, letter of reference, portfolio. They will practice in conducting an interview. Then, they will explore the opportunity to start a business or a project and evaluate their potential and their interest for entrepreneurship.
The aim of this module is to produce piping and circuit drawings of electric, pneumatic and hydraulic circuits, to interpret initial data and specifications for planning a diagram, to determine circuit and piping components and diagram their function, and finally to enter specifications and notes on diagrams and establish the parts list.
The aim of this module is to produce detail drawing of a mechanism comprising parts to be manufactured, interpret design drawings and produce sketches, draw exterior and sectional views of components of mechanisms, and finally enter all the necessary dimensions and information.
The aim of this module is to enter the work force and apply the knowledge acquired in a productive manner and gain practical experience in an industrial environment. The first step will be to search for a practicum in the industry. The second step will be to observe and carry out professional activities in the work place and communicate with the work team. The final step is to evaluate the training received compared to the reality of the work place.
The aim of this module is to design a simple technical object. Students will learn to understand and apply design procedures, research and gather the information for certain problems, to implement the design in drawings and to write a technical report explaining various technical details.
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
14 months (25 hours/week)
OR 18 months (25 hours/week)
Includes 3 week internship
On Campus, Online, Hybrid
English and French
2021 Overall Graduate Employment Rate
97% 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?
- Accelerated 14-month program that gets you ready for work faster
- Learn from expert instructors with years of professional drafting experience
- Build confidence and skill using AutoCAD drafting software
- Study in small classes where every student gets step-by-step support
- Get experience for your resume with a 3-week internship
- Get access to the Herzing Open Education Program (HOEP), which lets you take additional courses after you graduate, tuition-free!
- Benefit from our amazing Career Development team, who helps create your resume, prepare for interviews, and apply for industrial drafting jobs
- Herzing has a 55-year track record of trusted career training