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
MATH 110X College Algebra 3*
ME 142 Engineering Computation I 3
ME 162 Computer-Aided Draft & Design 3
ME 172 Parametric Mechanical CAD 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.

The time it takes to complete a BYU-Idaho online program depends on how many credits (or course hours) a student takes each semester. Most courses are worth two or three credits each. A certificate is comprised of 15-19 credits. An associate degree is comprised of 60 credits. And a bachelor's degree is 120 credits.

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 admission requirements can apply to begin the next available semester. Visit our Online Admissions page for information about qualifications, application deadlines, and how to apply.