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CAD for the Building Professional Certificate


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Learn computer-aided drafting (CAD) skills and develop a preliminary understanding of building technology by earning a CAD certificate. This certificate will prepare you for entry-level positions in architectural firms or construction-related businesses. It also serves professionals currently in the architectural field who are seeking career advancement through the development of intensive technical and creative CAD skills and experience.

Courses taken for this certificate curriculum can also be applied to the architectural technology AAS degree.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Prepare construction documents in a variety of formats including hand drafting, 2D CAD [computer-aided drafting], 3D presentation and rendering, and 3D object based modeling.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of construction details and building sections.
  • Differentiate between BIM software and non-object CAD software.
  • Describe construction details in BIM documents.
  • Prepare BIM construction documents based on designs submitted by employers or clients.
  • Revise BIM construction documents.
  • Arrange construction information in a BIM format.

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. 


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Technicians specializing in architecture and construction are prepared to assist and work with architects, contractors, and related professionals. Successful graduates involve themselves in many specialized aspects of the construction industry, including preparation of contract drawings, supervision and/or inspection of construction work, and contract administration. Computer drafting skills provide extensive opportunities for graduates.

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