Rendering of four machine parts designed in computer aided design software.

Learn
and Drafting at Southwestern College

  • 2D Drafting
  • 3D Design
  • Dimensioning & Tolerancing
  • 3D Modeling and Animation
  • AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • SolidWorks
  • 3ds Max
  • Maya
  • 3D Printing

CAD Courses

CAD 220
Introduction to CAD/CAM Systems

Learn 2D Drafting using AutoCAD

Units: 3
Prerequisite: none
Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent

Course Description & Scope: Introduces the field of computer aided design and drafting (CADD). Provides an overview of the use of personal computers in the development of drawings for engineering-related fields. [D; CSU; UC]

Multi view dimensioned drawing of two parts drawn using AutoCAD software.

CAD 222
CAD Mechanical Design I

Learn 3D Mechanical Design using Autodesk Inventor

Units: 3
Prerequisite: none
Recommended Preparation: CAD 220 or equivalent; RDG 158 or equivalent

Course Description & Scope: Introduces solid modeling using 3D mechanical design software. Covers feature-based design, parametric relationships, and design intent. Emphasizes part modeling using sketches, constraints, dimensions, and the model history tree. Additional topics include part drawings, assembly modeling, basic motion, and stress analysis. [D; CSU]

Top, front and shaded view drawing of a machine part designed in 3D using Autodesk Inventor.

CAD 230
Introduction to SolidWorks

Learn 3D Solid Modeling using SolidWorks

Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate Academic exam available.

Units: 3
Prerequisite: none
Recommended Preparation: CAD 222 or equivalent

Course Description & Scope: Introduces students to solid modeling using Solidworks software. Provides strategies in the construction and analysis of solid parts and related drawings and assemblies. [D; CSU]

Notes: CAD 230 is articulated with ME 101 at SDSU, effective Fall 2017.
Shaded view of a part with a section removed modeled in 3D using SolidWorks.

CAD 223
CAD Detailing and Dimensioning

Learn Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

Units: 3
Prerequisite: CAD 222 or CAD 230 or equivalent

Course Description & Scope: Constructs a set of completed working drawings. Includes advanced dimensioning functions, geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing (ANSI Y 14.5), and view development from three-dimensional models. [D; CSU]

Dimensioned drawing of machine part.

CAD 224
CAD Mechanical Design II

Apply the skills learned in CAD 223 and previous courses twords design projects

Units: 3
Prerequisite: CAD 223 or equivalent
Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent

Course Description & Scope: Introduces system and part design with an emphasis on organization and development of design projects. [D; CSU]

Rendering of a project designed by a student in CAD 224 using SolidWorks.

CAD Courses being revised

CAD 228
CAD Advanced Surface Design

Learn Surface Modeling using Rhinoceros 3D

Units: 3
Prerequisite: none
Recommended Preparation: CAD 220 or equivalent

Course Description & Scope: Introduces freeform 3D modeling. Covers drawing and editing of curves and surfaces. Includes techniques of building surfaces from curves. Explores curvature and continuity concepts. Covers creating solids from multiple surfaces. Includes methods of curve and surface evaluation. [D; CSU]

CAD 272
Solid Modeling II

Learn Intermediate Parametric Design using PTC Creo

Units: 3
Prerequisite: none
Recommended Preparation: ENGR 110 or equivalent

Course Description & Scope: Applies basic solid modeling skills using Creo. Covers techniques of parametric part design. Explores use of dimensions and constraints within the sketcher. Includes creation of part and assembly drawings. Covers use of patterns and family tables. [D; CSU]

CAD 276
Technical Computer Imaging and Animation I

Learn 3D Modeling using 3DS Max

Units: 3
Prerequisite: none
Recommended Preparation: ART 192 or equivalent

Course Description & Scope: Introduction to 3ds Max and development of 3D models and scenes for use in architectural, engineering, film production, game development, and product marketing fields. Covers polygon modeling and the Graphite Modeling Tools. Explores creation of materials using the Slate Material Editor. Includes lighting design and rendering. [D; CSU]

CAD 277
Technical Computer Imaging and Animation II

Learn 3D Animation using 3DS Max

Units: 3
Prerequisite: none
Recommended Preparation: CAD 276 or equivalent; CIS 125 or equivalent

Course Description & Scope: Introduces 3D animation using 3ds Max for architectural, engineering, film production, game development, multimedia, and product marketing fields. Explores key frame animation techniques, motion paths, animation controllers, and building of object hierarchies. Covers output of animation sequences in multiple formats. [D; CSU]

New CAD Courses

CAD 295C
SolidWorks II

Learn Intermediate Solid Modeling using SolidWorks

Units: 3
Prerequisite: CAD 230 or equivalent

Course Description & Scope: Explores intermediate SolidWorks techniques. Expands on design of parts, assemblies, and drawings. Introduces multibody parts, top-down assembly design, surface modeling and sheet metal design. [D; CSU]

CAD 295D
Revit MEP Fundamentals

Learn Building Information Modeling for Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing using Autodesk Revit MEP

Units: 3
Prerequisite: none

Course Description & Scope: Introduces Building Information Modeling (BIM) using Autodesk Revit MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing). Teaches concepts/principles of creating 3D parametric models of MEP system from engineering design through construction documentation. Introduces students to software and basic HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), electrical, and piping/plumbing components that make Autodesk Revit software a powerful and flexible engineering modeling tool.

CAD 295E
3D Modeling using Maya

Learn 3D Modeling using Autodesk Maya

Units: 3
Prerequisite: none

Course Description & Scope: Introduces 3D modeling using industry recognized software used in film production and video game industries. Emphasizes creation of models using polygon and surface modeling techniques. Demonstrates application of materials and textures to models. Covers camera setup for rendering scenes with lights, shading, and environmental effects. [D; CSU]

Associate in Science Degrees

Computer Aided Design and Drafting* (Major Code: A2571)

Courses:
CAD 220 - Introduction to CAD/CAM Systems
CAD 222 - CAD Mechanical Design I
CAD 230 - Introduction to SolidWorks
CAD 223 - CAD Detailing and Dimensioning
CAD 224 - CAD Mechanical Design II
ENGR 110 - Engineering Design and Graphics
MATH 104 - Trigonometry

Design Technology* (Major Code: A2572)

Courses:
ENGR 101 - Introduction to Engineering Careers
ENGR 110 - Engineering Design and Graphics
CAD 220 - Introduction to CAD/CAM Systems
or ARCH 200 - Introduction to Computer Aided Design
MATH 104 - Trigonometry
CAD 222 - CAD Mechanical Design I
or ARCH 205 - Advanced Architectural CAD
2 Electives:
CAD 223 - CAD Detailing and Dimensioning
CAD 224 - CAD Mechanical Design II

* To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed.

Certificates of Achievement

Computer Aided Design and Drafting--Advanced (Major Code: A2576)

Courses:
CAD 220 - Introduction to CAD/CAM Systems
CAD 222 - CAD Mechanical Design I
CAD 230 - Introduction to SolidWorks
CAD 223 - CAD Detailing and Dimensioning
CAD 224 - CAD Mechanical Design II
ENGR 110 - Engineering Design and Graphics
MATH 104 - Trigonometry

Design Technology (Major Code: A2577)

Courses:
ENGR 101 - Introduction to Engineering Careers
ENGR 110 - Engineering Design and Graphics
CAD 220 - Introduction to CAD/CAM Systems
or ARCH 200 - Introduction to Computer Aided Design
MATH 104 - Trigonometry
CAD 222 - CAD Mechanical Design I
or ARCH 205 - Advanced Architectural CAD
2 Electives:
CAD 223 - CAD Detailing and Dimensioning
CAD 224 - CAD Mechanical Design II

Certificates of Proficiency

Computer Aided Design and Drafting--Basic (Major Code: 02569)

Courses:
CAD 220 - Introduction to CAD/CAM Systems
CAD 222 - CAD Mechanical Design I
CAD 230 - Introduction to SolidWorks
CAD 223 - CAD Detailing and Dimensioning
CAD 224 - CAD Mechanical Design II

Fall 2017 Schedule

Class and Title Days Times
CAD-220-60
Introduction to CAD/CAM Systems
Mondays, Wednesdays Evenings
CAD-222-60
CAD Mechanical Design I
Tuesdays, Thursdays Evenings
CAD-224-60
CAD Mechanical Design II
Tuesdays, Thursdays Evenings
CAD-230-60
Introduction to SolidWorks
Mondays, Wednesdays Evenings

Spring 2018 Proposed Schedule

Class and Title Days Times
CAD-220-60
Introduction to CAD/CAM Systems
Mondays, Wednesdays Evenings
CAD-222-60
CAD Mechanical Design I
Tuesdays, Thursdays Evenings
CAD-223-60
CAD Detailing and Dimensioning
Tuesdays, Thursdays Evenings
CAD-295C-60
SolidWorks II
Mondays, Wednesdays Evenings
CAD-295E-60
3D Modeling using Maya
Mondays, Wednesdays Evenings