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Computer Aided Drafting & 3D Animation

First Year 

During the first year, students learn to draw technical drawing using manual drafting equipment and Computer-Aided Drafting workstations. Although manual drafting is still an important part of the class, students will spend approximately three-fourths of their lab time working with tools, materials, methods and vocabulary used in the drafting industry. The students also will explore careers in drafting and related industries to help them make important career and education decisions.

Major Units of Study
Computer-Aided Drafting is an integral part of each unit.

  1. Fundamentals of Technical Drawing/CAD
  2. Drafting Materials, Instruments and Equipment
  3. Dimensioning
  4. Architectural Drawing
  5. Mechanical Drawing
  6. Engineering Drawing
  7. Civil Engineering Drawing

Creativity and imagination are aptitudes one should possess. Keen eyesight, steady hands, a high degree of dexterity and muscular coordination are helpful for success in this field. Neat working habits and a desire for accuracy are helpful traits.

It is to a student’s advantage that he/she have a good knowledge of mathematics and art. Prior classes in drawing would be very helpful.

Second Year
CAD/Drafting II is a continuation of CAD/Drafting I. During the second year, students learn to solve more complex problems including design and problem solving projects. Students often are assigned to design teams to learn to work together in a group to solve “real” world problems. The students may be required to produce models of their projects and/or give written and oral reports. The CAD II students will spend most of their time working at CAD workstations, with only ten to fifteen percent of their time on other duties such as board drafting, research and model building. With teacher approval, second-year students may leave school during their second semester CAD class to work in a drafting-related industry. The practical work experience provides students with “real” world experience and may help them make important career decision

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