CAD, or computer-aided design, instruction courses are usually found within architecture, drafting or engineering design programs. Practical use of CAD principles and procedures are stressed in CAD classes, in which students learn to use industry-standard software applications. CAD instruction may be found at the certificate, associate, bachelor's or graduate degree level.
Here are some concepts commonly explored in CAD courses:
- 2-D design
- 3-D design and modeling
- Electronic circuit schematics
- Construction materials
List of CAD Courses
2-D CAD Course
Two-dimensional computer-aided drafting is the foundation of a CAD education. This course provides students with instruction about the basic concepts, techniques, CAD procedures and methods. This course may cover electronic file management, hard copy production, visualization, freehand sketching, scale and dimensioning. Advanced AutoCAD classes will focus more on manipulating objects and data, templates, blocks, dimensioning and annotation.
Electronic Circuit Manufacturing Course
Electronic circuit manufacturing is the process of designing the schematics and floor plans of an electronic system. This course covers a variety of topics, including semiconductor fabrication, failure mechanisms, resistors, capacitors, diodes, integrated circuit device physics and metal-oxide semiconductor (MOS) transistors. Additional topics are likely to include basic electronics, fundamentals of integrated circuits, circuit floor-planning, circuit design, schematic diagram and physical layout overview.
Print Reading Course
A print reading course gives students an understanding of how to read technical diagrams. In this class, students learn basic print and manufacturing terms and how to create schematic and diagram drawings. This course may also cover cable assembly drawings, free-hand sketching and print analysis.
3-D CAD Course
3-D CAD courses are focused on the manipulation of objects and data. Students develop advanced CAD skills in block attributes, adaptive scaling, 3-D modeling applications and shading. A 3-D CAD course may also cover topics in rendering 3-D models, solid modeling and using layers.
Mechanical Design Course
A mechanical design course provides basic instruction in machine tool design and mechanical systems. This course also covers advanced CAD applications, 3-D solid modeling techniques and detail preparation. Students learn by viewing assembly drawings of mechanical devices and machinery. Students also use computer-aided drafting design (CADD) systems to put together mechanical blueprints.
Residential or Commercial Site Development Course
This is a course that may be specific to residential dwellings, commercial structures or both. Topics covered may include residential CAD skills, mapping location and direction, and plot plans. Students in this course will study the importance that building sections, walls and flooring play in a construction plan. Additional topics may include roof framing, contour lines, mechanical structures, plumbing and electrical plans.