The CADD Program is designed to prepare students in computer aided drafting to become proficient entry-level CADD operators using the AutoCad program. No prior computer experience is required. The course starts with a thorough introduction to computers as well as keyboarding improvement. Students then learn spreadsheet fundamentals which are used by engineers and architects to place important information into blueprints. The program covers all of the corresponding 2D CADD functions for traditional drafting, as well as advanced 3D modeling now made available by CADD. The student will generate actual CADD work for the preparation of portfolio drawings, in the individual student’s specialty area, for use in securing employment in the CADD industry. Finally, the student is introduced to advanced CADD concepts and programming for the customization of AutoCad. Students will also learn to navigate the worldwide web, use search engines and establish an email account.
The diagram below highlights the major topics covered in the program. Upon successful completion, the graduates receive Diploma in Computer Aided Design and Drafting. For complete and detailed information please refer to the college catalog.
CADD has become a powerful addition to, and sometimes replacement for, traditional manual drafting in a large proportion of professional offices using technical graphics. Drafting and design are faster, more productive, more versatile, and less expensive for many fields involving architecture, construction, aerospace, automobile industry, manufacturing, military, electronics, roads, mapping, animation, simulation, medicine, biology, chemistry, and molecular engineering. In Southern California the entertainment field also utilizes CADD in film or theatrical set design, special effects, and animation for film, TV, or video.
Students must obtain a passing score on the LA ORT’s entrance exam and be interviewed by the Admissions Department.
This program may be offered in the morning, afternoon or evening sessions. The morning session is taught 5 days per week for approximately 30 weeks of instruction. In the afternoon or evening sessions, this program is taught 4 days per week for approximately 45 weeks of instruction. This is a 33-semester credit hour program with 720 classroom hours.
More information on career outlook for CAD Drafters and Architectural & Civil Drafters, related to the CADD program, could be obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net under the Standard Occupational Classification Codes 17-3010.00 and 17-3011.00.