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Program length: 25 WEEKS

Suitable for people who want to upgrade their skills or want to become: Industrial Designers, Architectural Designers, Interior Designers, Draftspersons, Architects, Engineers, Engineering / Architectural Technicians...

Success rate: 90% (In the last 5 years)

Course introduction:

Become a CAD Designer and combine your creativity with the technical skills employers want. CAD Drafting, or “Computer Aided Design,” is essential to the design industry. All elements of design require an effective method of displaying the design information. CAD is the means to make design a reality. In Canada, Design and Drafting jobs are often available for those who have completed a CAD program. A CAD Technologist diploma can lead to a variety of career opportunities in mechanical design, product design, architectural design and interior design. The program may seem short but it covers what is really important: 1. the most modern design programs and 2. the practical skills to find a job.

Courses included in the Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technologist program:

»  Design Interpretation [Blueprint Reading, Industry Standards, Mechanical and Architectural] (3 weeks)
»  Quality Control [Metrology, GD&T, ISO & ANSI standards, Buildings measurements]  (2 weeks)
»  AutoCAD Level 1 (2D) [2D computer drafting, Architectural, Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical] (5 weeks)
»  AutoCAD Level 2 (3D) [3D modeling, Architectural, Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical] (4 weeks)
»  Revit Architecture [2D and 3D Architectural Design] (2 weeks)
»  Ergonomics [Relation between Design and Human Anatomy] (1 weeks)
»  Solid Works Level 1 [Industrial/Product/Mechanical/Furniture Design in 3D] (4 weeks)
»  Solid Works Level 2 [Industrial/Product/Mechanical/Furniture Design in 3D, advanced] (4 weeks)

Job Placement:

After completion of the program students will be placed for training with a design/drafting company for a minimum of four weeks without pay. After the end of this period the student and the company may negotiate independently a possible further employment. Students will also be in the school database for next 5 years for any eventual future employment opportunities.

Upon completion of the Computer Aided Design program, graduates will be able to:

- Design complex 3D modeling of mechanical parts and assemblies such as machines, engines, windmills, etc.
- Design, using CAD programs, complex 3D modeling of industrial products such as cars, planes, tools & furniture.
- Design, using CAD programs, 2D and 3D views of houses, buildings and other architectural elements.
- Create, using CAD programs, rendered images and details drawings of the above mentioned products.
- Develop ergonomics awareness during the design stage.
- Work in a team in support of product developers, mechanical engineers, architects or industrial designers.

Typical Employers:

- Engineering and other scientific companies
- Machinery and Equipment manufacturers
- Architectural and Construction companies
- Municipal governments
- Industrial/product/Furniture Design companies
- Telecommunication companies
- Many successful CAD Technologists work independently

Expected salary:

$36,000 to $66,000 per year (Approx. $18.00/h to 33.00/h) depending on background and experience.  (2013 statistics).

Admission requirements:

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) or Mature Student (19 years of age or older and out of school for at least 1 year) and basic knowledge of computers. People under Employment Insurance, W.S.I.B. and other assistance programs are welcome.

Equipment required at home:

Desktop or PC with Windows operating system


Course title: Design Interpretation
Course length: 3 weeks, 60 hours (+ homework)

This course covers the principles of how technical drawings are structured and the conventions that are used in creating and reading them. The course will focus on providing students with the skills required to interpret mechanical, industrial, and architectural drawings. Students will be encouraged to sketch, analyze and gather graphical information for visualizing objects and for developing problem solving skills. Students will be exposed to extensive hands-on activities using real industry prints and real mechanical components.

Main topics covered in this course:

- Object Representation and Standards, Title Block, Auxiliary Blocks and Dimensions
- Orthographic, Sectional and Auxiliary views
- Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
- Threads and Fasteners, Gears and Cams
- Architectural Drawings and Architectural Standards
- Site Plans, Floor Plans, Elevations, Foundations, Framing, Roofing.


Course title: Quality Control
Course length: 2 weeks, 40 hours (+ homework)
Pre-requisites: Completion of “Design Interpretation”

This course covers all theoretical and practical aspects of measurement in the engineering and architectural field and is intended to give hands on practice to CAD designers. Students will become familiar with various measuring instruments and with ISO-ANSI standards through practical activities and techniques. They will also get familiar with architectural measuring and calculations. Real building sites and real mechanical parts and consumer products will be used to check the accuracy and functionality.

Main topics covered in this course:

- Introduction to Measurement Systems, Precision Instruments, ISO and ANSI Standards
- External and Internal Measuring Instruments
- Measurement of Angles, Threads and Gears
- Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
- Measurement of Buildings (inside and outside)
- Calculation of Areas, Volumes and Material

Course title: AutoCAD 1 (2D)
Course length: 5 weeks, 100 hours (+ homework)

This course covers the proper use of the AutoCAD Application. Students will learn how to create and edit professional 2D technical drawings for most design fields. The course follows a systematic teaching approach which includes step-by-step instructions along with clearly illustrated screen captures. Main topics will include Draw, and Editing commands, Dimensioning, Layering, Blocks, Symbol Libraries and External References. Focus is also placed on advanced Drawing Layouts with Title Blocks, Annotations and Attributes. Students will be exposed to practical activities such as taking measurements and designing floor plans.

Main topics covered in this course:

- Creating 2-D geometry with Drawing commands
- Editing Commands and Shortcuts.
- Managing Object properties with Layers
- Working with Text and Dimensions
- Creating and inserting Blocks and Attributes
- Page Setup, creating Layouts and Plotting

Course title: AutoCAD 2 (3D)
Course length: 4 weeks, 80 hours (+ homework)
Pre-requisites: Completion of AutoCAD 1

This Course builds on the knowledge of AutoCAD 1, introducing users who are proficient with 2D commands to the concept of 3D modeling. Students will study 3D primitives, conversion of objects from planar to solid, surfaces, element analysis and rendering procedures. By the end of the course students will create drawings with representation of orthographic and pictorial views of 3D parts and assemblies. The course will emphasize the versatility of AutoCAD by showing a range of options to achieve a particular result.

Main topics covered in this course:

- Creating 3D models from Primitives
- Creating Models from 2D Profiles
- Creating advanced 3D Models
- Creating Surfaces
- Creating Drawings of 3D Models
- Visualization Techniques and Rendering


Course title: Revit Architecture
Course length: 2 weeks, 40 hours (+ homework)
Pre-requisite: Completion of “AutoCAD level 1”

Revit Architecture is an Autodesk's Building Information Modeling software (BIM). It is popular throughout the architectural industry; it brings unprecedented efficiency to the design process. Designs and documentation stay coordinated, consistent, and complete because any change you make -- anytime, anywhere -- is automatically coordinated throughout your project.  At the end of this course, students will be able to manage a Revit project and its content from a CAD Manager's perspective. During the course, students will learn how to: set up a new building information model; create floor plans; work with architectural elements (walls, doors, windows, floors, ceilings, roofs, curtain walls). Students will also learn how to create section and elevation views and add notations including dimensions, text, tags, schedules, legends, and keynotes; and share designs by plotting finished drawings and creating visualizations like walkthroughs and renderings.

Main topics covered in this course:

- Introduction to Revit and concepts of BIM
- Working with Walls, Doors and Windows, Curtain Walls, Rooms and Areas
- Site plans, Floor plans, Elevations, Sectional views
- Printing Phasing and Design Options (Setting up Standards and Templates)
- Creating and modifying Families
- Walk-Through and Rendering

Course title: Ergonomics
Course length: 1 week, 20 hours (+ homework)

Ergonomics is the applied science of product and environment design to best accommodate human factors. It aims to improve the comfort, practicality, efficiency, and safety of a person working with a machine or device. Anthropometry is the study of human body measurement and proportions. This course is an introduction to the concept of Ergonomics and Anthropometry in product design. Students will learn to consider the product environment, measures, shapes, movement and create products that will complement the physical dimension of people.

Main topics covered in this course:

- Concepts of Ergonomics and Anthropometry
- Ergonomics and Space
- Analyzing Postures and Movements
- Accessories Analysis
- Body Anatomy and Risk Factors
- Apply Ergonomics Concepts to Design



Course title: Solid Works Level 1
Course length: 4 weeks, 80 hours (+ homework)

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with Solid Works, a parametric design application used commonly for mechanical/industrial solid modeling. The course begins with an overview of the sketching environment where students learn to create 2D objects such as lines and arcs. Definition is added to the sketch including dimensions and geometric relationships. Solids are then quickly created by converting the sketches into 3D models. These solids are arranged into assemblies where interference and motion can be studied. Professional technical drawings can then be generated in accordance with industry standards.

Main topics covered in this course:

- Introduction to SolidWorks and Design Intent
- Defining Sketches by adding Relations and Dimensions
- Part Modeling, Multifeature and Multibody parts
- Hole Wizard, Patterning, Applying Materials
- Assembly files, Mating, Analysing and Motion Simulation
- Drawing Documents for Parts and Assemblies

Course title: Solid Works Level 2
Course length: 4 weeks, 80 hours (+ homework)
Pre-requisite: completion of “Solid Works level 1”

This course is an advanced continuation of Solid Works 1. It covers advanced modeling techniques and automation of the design process. Students will design complex 3D models, Surfaces, Sheet Metal parts, Moulds and Weldments through step-by-step lectures and hands on practice with real mechanical parts and industrial products as design samples. The course includes Finite Element Analysis simulation, a useful analysis tool applied for critical design decisions. Students will learn to create photo-real images of several design projects while applying the concept of eco-design as a focus in the design approach.

Main topics covered in this course:

- Sweeps, Lofts and curves for Complex Models
- Surfaces and Mold Making Design
- Sheet Metal Parts and Weldments
- Configurations and Design Tables
- Engineering Analysis and FEA report
- Rendering and Camera options