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Computer Aided Design


Do you need to learn AutoCAD for your profession? As a technical drafting and design tool, AutoCAD and Revit are some of the most sophisticated computer applications that users are likely to encounter. Regardless of what version you will be using, learning these skills remains timeless. Having a solid base of Essential AutoCAD and Revit skills allows you to learn new improvements quickly and efficiently.


Computer Aided Design (CAD)

AutoCAD Essentials

This course covers the fundamentals of AutoCAD. Students will learn how to navigate the AutoCAD user interface and gain familiarity with basic terminology, fundamental features and “logic” of the software. You’ll be able to draw with commands and techniques for creating, manipulating, editing, storing and presenting technical drawings. You will manage objects with layers, add dimension, annotation and work tables/schedules, work with layouts, plot and print, and much more. Whether you are an aspiring CAD/CAM professional or revisiting the latest software, this is the foundation you’ll need in AutoCAD. By the end of the course, you will become a proficient user and have an useful and relevant understanding of the program to make you a more powerful user.  


Prep: Must have a basic understanding of technical drawings, blueprint reading, and ability to confidently use a recent Windows operating system

Section - COM2005-029

Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM) Essentials Software - Revit and SketchUp

Enter the exciting world of Building Information Modeling (BIM). This course will introduce and help you understand the basics of BIM software with Revit and SketchUp. Both are modeling programs created and designed for all trades of the construction industry. 

Revit is multidisciplinary BIM software produced by Autodesk, used for higher quality, coordinated designs. You will learn how to best use the interface, create floor plans, add content, prepare documentation, annotate, and more.

SketchUp is a fun, intuitive, flexible 3D program for creating geometric 3D objects such as architectural models, scale models, interior design items, and functional parts.  SketchUp is known for its user-friendly interface and easy learning curve.

Overall, both programs are a powerful way to design, document and communicate your ideas in 3D. Whether you are exploring software systems to meet your needs or want to take a deeper dive to learn these systems hands-on, you’ll find this course will be a great learning experience. 

Required preparation: Working knowledge of PCs and Microsoft Windows OS (10)

Recommended preparation: Understanding of basic drafting skills and blueprint reading is helpful

Section - COM2161-001

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