Computer Aided Drafting & Design

 

Program Summary


Career Opportunities


Certifications


Course of Study


 


PROGRAM SUMMARY – DRAFTING AND DESIGN

Our homes, the cars we drive, and the products we buy all begin with the art of drafting. Drafting, known as the “language of industry”, is the process of drawing products through a graphic or picture language that can be understood by people worldwide.

The Mechanical Design component of the program recognizes that today’s design tools differ from those of the past and offers students a program utilizing the latest 3-dimensional parametric modelers including “Solidworks.” Daily lectures teach the foundation of design principles. Then, students apply their knowledge to a curriculum-designed project that integrates real world applications. By the program’s completion, students are able to design a mechanical project, piece by piece, by creating 3D models of each component. The students will then assemble the parts and produce a “working drawing” of the model. The 3D model can then be emailed to a CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machine in our onsite manufacturing lab to be built as a prototype. This systematic approach walks the students through the entire experience of design from concept to prototype and introduces the different roles that are integral to product design.

The Electro-Mechanical Drafting components of the program prepare students to understand the drawing procedures from schematic diagram to PC board. Students will learn to recognize basic electronic symbols and draw schematic diagrams using CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs.

The Architectural Drafting component of the program prepares technical drawings for residential and commercial projects. Their drawings and models provide visual guidelines, details and specific dimensions for the construction industry. A major part of the curriculum uses the latest parametric 3D design software to produce drawing plans, elevation, sections, and details. The curriculum also includes architectural styles and history, structural theories, code research, sketching, presentation drawings, and model building.

 

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Upon graduation, students are employable as:

  • Entry-Level CAD
  • Drafting Technicians
  • Residential/Commercial Design

There are also job opportunities for CAD drafters in manufacturing, surveying, civil engineering, structural engineering, and in real estate.

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CERTIFICATIONS

COLLEGE ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS:

  • Mass Bay Community College
  • New England Institute of Technology
  • North Shore Community College
  • Ben Franklin Institute

RECENT GRADUATES FROM THE DRAFTING AND DESIGN PROGRAM ARE ENROLLED AT:

  • Boston University
  • Northeastern University
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Boston Architectural Center
  • Fitchburg State University
  • UMASS Boston
  • North Shore Community College
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • New England Institute of Technology
  • Mass Bay Community College

 

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COURSE OF STUDY

 
GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE #DDX 1 CREDIT
The CAD design exploratory program introduces the students to today’s cutting edge design process. Students begin their week long experience with a design challenge. Students design their own invention in a 3D mode which will be animated and tested for correct fit. When the animation is correct, students make working drawings with proper views and dimensions.

 
GRADE 9 SHOP – COURSE #DDXF-16 10 CREDITS
Students learn about drafting shop tools and the “shop” environment. Emphasis is on basic drafting practices and principles. Daily lessons incorporate examples from text books, videos, and past practices. The students experience the theories of drafting methods through both individual and group assignments.

 
GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE #DD2 20 CREDITS
This course meshes the time-tested fundamentals of mechanical design with today’s most advanced design tools. Lesson topics include Introduction to Design, Sketching and Freehand Technical Design, Basic Geometric Construction, Solid Part Modeling, Assembly Modeling, Orthographic Projection/ Creating Working Drawings, Measurement, Sectional Views, Auxiliary Views, Electronic Drafting and Introduction to Rapid Prototyping. All topics are covered in an easy to understand sequence and delivered in a way that builds knowledge and confidence.

 
GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE #DD2R 5 CREDITS
The purpose of this course is to present the theories behind the common practices used in the mechanical design field. This course explains the “why” behind the “how to” that are learned in shop. Lessons are carefully planned to align with shop lessons and reinforce concepts necessary to master the skills. Daily lectures are offered in a discussion format.

 
GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE #DD3 25 CREDITS
The purpose of this course is to focus the Drafting and Design student on a variety of architectural projects. The students use Chief Architect software program to develop plans, elevations, sections and details on a variety of residential and commercial projects. Students are introduced to architectural theory, layout sketching, building materials, structural requirements, architectural components and building code regulations. Students will be introduced to the following topics: one and two story house design, stair layout, roof design, site design, kitchen and bath design, accessibility regulations and code analysis, commercial design projects. The students are required to develop and maintain a presentation portfolio with all weekly projects including sketches, notes, CAD drawings and models.

 
GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE #DD3R 5 CREDITS
The purpose of this course is to focus the Drafting and Design student on a variety of architectural concepts, theories and terminologies. The students are introduced to architectural theory, layout sketching, building materials, structural requirements, architectural components and building code regulations. Curriculum also includes one and two story house design, stair layout, roof design, site design, kitchen and bath design, accessibility regulations and code analysis, commercial design projects, plot plans, civil drafting concepts, surveying and mapping. Students are required to develop and maintain a journal complete with weekly assignments, handouts, sketches and notes.

 
GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE #DD4 25 CREDITS
During their senior year, drafting students work on a variety of school approved community projects, larger commercial projects and larger residential projects. Seniors work on developing and practicing competencies that were learned during their junior year. The students are required to complete and present their Junior/Senior project having earlier chosen a mechanical, electro-mechanical or architectural based final project.

 
GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE #DD4R 5 CREDITS
The Grade 12 related course curriculum engages students in areas of the state competencies that they have not yet experienced while reinforcing previously learned fundamentals. Emphasis is also placed on skills essential for successful completion of the Junior/Senior Project.

 

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