Computer-Aided Design and Drafting

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Overview & Requirements

This certificate is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to work as an entry level mechanical CAD design/drafting technician.

What You'll Learn

Essential Knowledge and Skills (competencies)

  • Learn to analyze and solve problems involving functions, algebraic expressions, and systems of equations
  • Gain proficiency using a spreadsheet program, Excel (formulas, functions, graphs, solver, pivot tables), and a computer algebra system, Mathematica, in an engineering context
  • Gain proficiency in writing computer programs in VBA, including variables, conditional expressions, loops, and arrays
  • Gain proficiency in using a 2D modeling program, AutoCAD, in the creation of models and drawings
  • Gain proficiency in using a 3D parametric modeling program, SolidWorks, in the creation of basic mechanical components, assemblies, and drawings
  • Gain experience in the creation and interpretation of geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T) for mechanical engineering drawings

Careers in this Field

  • CAD Operator
  • CAD Drafter
  • CAD Technician
  • Mechanical CAD Drafter
  • Mechanical CAD Design Technician
  • 3D CAD Modeler
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
FDMAT 110 College Algebra 3*
ME 142 Engineering Computation I 3
ME 162 Computer-Aided Draft & Design 3
ME 172 Engineering Graphics 3
ME 272 Mechanical CADD and GD&T 3

*This is a math-intensive program. A placement exam will be given to determine the correct math level for students to begin.

For more information regarding the courses and requirements in this program, please visit the BYU-Idaho online course catalog, but please note that not all programs listed in the catalog are available online.

For any further questions regarding course scheduling or sequencing, please contact Pathway Student Support.

Our online degree program allows students the flexibility to finish their degree while balancing a busy life, so the time it takes to complete it varies for each person. Students can accelerate to graduation by taking courses year round, or take a semester off when needed. Students have up to eight years to complete a program.

BYU-Idaho Online Courses are designed around the BYU-Idaho Learning Model, with learning activities adapted to the online environment. The class progresses together through the semester and there is frequent interaction between students and with the instructor. Courses taught online and on-campus are based on the same learning objectives.

Students who meet the admission requirements can apply directly to an online degree program to begin the next semester. Once admitted, students can begin immediately working on program requirements. Students who did not come through the Pathway gate are encouraged to take GS 111: Introduction to BYU-Idaho in their first semester. This one-credit block course prepares students to succeed in the online environment as well as charting a course to graduation.