Credits: 4.5

Hours: 56 (34 Theory Hours, 22 Lab Hours)

Prerequisites: Introduction to Drafting and Design


This course examines computer-aided drafting (CAD) techniques utilizing CAD equipment. Hands-on projects include geometric construction, various projections, sections, auxiliaries, dimensioning, sketching, and detail drawing that is practiced and applied using proper CAD procedures. Maintenance of CAD drawing files through the use of operating system commands is applied and stressed.


  1. Utilize the graphic language to communicate design ideas.
  2. Create technical drawings with CAD and demonstrate basic drafting skills.
  3. Demonstrate skills necessary in the professional environment including effective communication and the ability to work in teams.
  4. Conduct basic research and apply the tools of critical reading, analytical thinking, reasoning, and mathematics to effectively solve practical problems.
  5. Apply sustainability principles to design problems.
  6. Apply proper dimensioning practices according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and demonstrate Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) as a design languagefor size, shape, and geometric characteristics of manufactured parts.
  7. Demonstrate the techniques required to create orthographic projections, sectional and auxiliaryviews, and various pictorial drawings.
  8. Utilize various design software applications and equipment for solving design problems.
  9. Apply the procedures for constructing and managing a set of technical drawings.

Course Outcomes

Introduction to Drafting and Design


  • Richard, P., & Fitzgerald, J. (2012). Introduction to AutoCAD 2012: A modern perspective. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Giesecke, F. E., et al. (2008). Technical drawing. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.


  1.  Introduction to AutoCAD
    1. Fundamental CAD concepts
    2. Exploring data input methods
    3. Quickstart in AutoCAD
    4. Creating and plotting a drawing
    5. Controlling the Drawing Display and Basic Drawing Commands
  2. AutoCAD drawing display
    1.  Establishing units and drawing limits
    2. Lines, arcs, and circles in AutoCAD
    3. Creating ellipses and points
    4. Measuring in AutoCAD
  3. Drawing Aids and Drafting Settings and Managing Object Properties
    1. Drawing tools
    2. Drafting settings
    3. Managing layers in AutoCAD
    4. Managing object properties
  4. Basic and Advanced Editing Techniques
    1. Selecting objects for editing
    2.  Basic editing tools
    3. Using grips to edit
    4. Advanced editing tools
  5. Drawing and Editing Complex Objects
    1. Drawing and editing polylines
    2. Using rectangles, polygons, and donuts
    3. Drawing and editing multiple polylines
  6. Pattern Fills and Hatching
    1. Understanding hatch patterns
    2. Hatching
    3. Editing hatch patterns
  7. Adding Text and Tables
    1. Appearance of text using text styles and fonts
    2. Creating and editing text
    3. Creating and editing tables
  8. Adding Text and Tables
    1. Appearance of text using text styles and fonts
    2. Creating and editing text
    3. Creating and editing tables
  9. Managing Paper Space Layouts and Plotting and Publishing
    1. Setting the page size of a layout
    2. Controlling the final look of the plotted drawing
    3. Configuring various plotting devices
  10. Blocks and Xrefs in the CAD Environment
    1. Creating and using blocks in AutoCAD
    2. Externally referenced file usage in AutoCAD
    3. Xref editing through both in-place and drawing file modification


Intro to drafting and design

Student outcomes