Headed into the building or architectural design industry? AutoCAD is foundational for modern building design, and this certificate provides the fundamental tools for learning the program well. Focusing on two-dimensional application, courses employ practical application and assignments to test software skills and navigate layout and structural design.
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This 160-hour certificate program introduces students to the tools and applications of AutoCAD software. Emphasis will be on learning the concepts and practical uses of the program as well as developing acceptable practices for electronic file management. Concentrating on two-dimensional drafting, this program teaches the use of AutoCAD using examples of drawings from various industries. A hands-on approach emphasizing practical working techniques is applied to exercises and assignments. This program is suitable for individuals with previous background within residential construction, carpentry, drafting or manufacturing who are wishing to advance or expand upon their skills into computer-aided design.
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John Kenny joined Okanagan College in 2005 as a College Professor in the Civil Engineering Technology program. John continues to teach in the College’s Civil Engineering Technology program while also teaching part-time as a sessional lecturer in the School of Engineering at UBC Okanagan. John completed the AutoCAD Skills Certificate program at Okanagan College in 2008 and he has been co-teaching the program since 2019.
Q1 Do I need to purchase AutoCAD to complete this program?
No. Okanagan College has a number of computer laboratories with the latest version of AutoCAD installed. Obtaining an AutoCAD student license for your personal laptop and/or home desktop is relatively straightforward. Simply set up an account at the link provided below and download the software. https://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/autocad
Q2 Do I need to purchase textbooks?
No. There are no required textbooks for the program. Recommended textbooks (not required) include AutoCAD Fundamentals (Mixed Units) and AutoCAD Advanced (Mixed Units) by ASCENT the Authorized Publisher. The recommended textbooks can be viewed and ordered at the link given below. https://www.ascented.com/courseware-solutions/autodesk/courseware/autocad
Q3 What are the admission requirements?
Computer fundamentals or equivalent. Students will be required to take an assessment test and pass with 60% or better if they have not taken Computer Fundamentals previously.
Q4 What are the technology requirements?
- Laptop and Desktop AutoCAD installation requirements can be found at the following link: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/learn-explore/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-AutoCAD-2021-including-Specialized-Toolsets.html
- Fully functioning webcam and microphone.
The latest version of AutoCAD will be provided in the College’s computer labs.
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