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Career Diploma - Drafting with AutoCAD

Penn Foster Career School's Drafting with AutoCAD Career Diploma Program offers students the opportunity to learn sketching and drafting techniques for various fields. Continue reading to get more detailed information about this online diploma program.

Official Program Name:

Drafting with AutoCAD® Career Diploma

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

From applications of drafting to structural drawings, the Drafting with AutoCAD Career Diploma program at Penn Foster Career School is designed to address fundamentals of drafting practices, software, and tools. Courses address such topics as sketching methods, measuring tools, dimensioning and tolerancing concepts, civil drawing plans, electrical and electronic system drawings, HVAC drawing, and commercial construction methods. Two AutoCAD software courses cover basic and advanced functions, including template drawing, plot layouts, drawing layers, creating tables and fields, and the drawing of complex shapes. Students may also review how to solve perimeter, area, and volume for different geometric shapes as well as basic mathematical operations and fractions.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

Students of the Drafting with AutoCAD Career Diploma program receive a required textbook and a free, 3-year access to the student version of AutoCAD from Autodesk. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also offered.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments, so students graduate without debt.

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Required Courses for a Drafting with AutoCAD Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Starting Your Program
  • Introduction to Computer-Aided Design
  • Sketching and Drafting Fundamentals
  • Geometric Drawing, Dimensioning, and Tolerancing
  • Basic AutoCAD Software Functions
  • Advanced AutoCAD Software Functions
  • Structural and Civil Drafting
  • HVAC and Electrical Schematic Drafting

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While the Drafting with AutoCAD Career Diploma program exposes students to the basics of this drafting software and techniques, some graduates might choose to further expand their knowledge in an associate's degree program. A 2-year degree could be required by some companies for those seeking entry-level work as drafters or designers.

Associate's degrees graduates might consider include, but are not limited to:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting & Design
  • Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Design Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technology

Career Paths:

Once they have successfully completed all requirements of Penn Foster Career School's Drafting with AutoCAD Career Diploma program, graduates might seek entry-level employment in architectural firms, civil engineering firms, manufacturing companies, construction companies, or electrical engineering firms. They might complete designs or drawings for wiring diagrams, construction projects, commercial buildings, machinery, or mechanical tools. Job titles that might be appropriate for graduates include:

  • Drafter
  • AutoCAD drafter
  • Junior project coordinator
  • Entry-level drafting technician

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