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Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
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This certificate provides students with a basic understanding of computer-aided design and drafting, gaining valuable skills in AutoCAD software and Solidworks modeling of mechanical components and assemblies. Students also learn the computation skills needed in the area of engineering problem-solving.

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Essential Knowledge and Skills

Outcomes

  • Analyze and solve problems involving functions, algebraic expressions, and systems of equations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency using a spreadsheet program, Excel (formulas, functions, graphs, solver, pivot tables).
  • Show proficiency in writing computer programs in VBA, including variables, conditional expressions, loops, and arrays.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using a 2D-modeling program, AutoCAD, in the creation of models and drawings.
  • Show proficiency in using a 3D-parametric modeling program, SolidWorks, in the creation of basic mechanical components, assemblies, and drawings.
  • Create and interpret geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T) for mechanical engineering drawings.
Certificate of Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
Program Requirements
Certificates lead to associate and bachelor's degrees. For more information about which programs this certificate stacks into, visit the Programs List page.
This is an introductory certificate.
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Certificate
16 CREDITS
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Associate
60 CREDITS
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Bachelor's
120 CREDITS
Certificate of Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
Course Code
Course Name
# of Credits
BUS115
Business Applications
3
BUS115 — 3 credits
x
Business Applications
Students will acquire, develop, and apply intermediate spreadsheet analysis skills in a business context as well as demonstrate basic database use. After individually completing spreadsheet tutorials and assignments, students will then develop and apply their skills in business projects and exams. The projects and exams, which are designed to be realistic and representative of business activities students might encounter in the workplace.
MATH101
Intermediate Algebra
3
MATH101 — 3 credits
x
Intermediate Algebra
This course will cover the fundamental operations of algebra, properties of exponents, solving linear, fractional, radical and quadratic equations, graphing linear, and quadratic functions. Math 101 may not be taken for credit if FDMAT 110 has been completed with a grade of "B" or higher.
ME162
Fundamentals in 2D CADD
3
ME162 — 3 credits
x
Fundamentals in 2D CADD
Computer aided drafting and design using AutoCAD software. Topics include coordinate systems, display control, basic geometric construction and editing, scales, layer, annotation and dimensions, blocks, attributes, plotting.  Applications in mechanical, civil, electrical, and architectural disciplines.
ME172
Parametric Mechanical CAD
3
ME172 — 3 credits
x
Parametric Mechanical CAD
This course is designed to help students develop employable and certifiable skills in parametric CAD modeling of mechanical components and assemblies.  Students will work toward associate level and then professional certification in SolidWorks and have the opportunity to take the CSWA and CSWP exams. The course focuses on training students to think parametrically and to strategically capture design intent within 3D CAD models and assemblies.  
GS170
Career Development
1
GS170 — 1 credits
x
Career Development
In this course, learners will discover and strengthen the skills they need to successfully obtain or improve employment. Students will focus on creating professional documents (e.g., resumes and cover letters), networking, interviewing, and job shadowing.
ME272
Mechanical CADD and GD&T
3
ME272 — 3 credits
x
Mechanical CADD and GD&T
This course focuses on mechanical drafting and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T). Students will learn ANSI and ISO standards and become proficient using SolidWorks CADD to create working drawings which communicate product manufacturing information.
For questions about this program, contact BYU-Pathway Support
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Potential Employment
  • AutoCAD drafter
  • SolidWorks drafter
  • SolidWorks 3D modeler
  • CAD designer (with experience)

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