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CAD (Computer Aided Design)

CAD (Computer Aided Design)

The Polytech Adult Education CAD and Building Systems Design program is taught by design professionals with several years of professional experience and introduces participants to a variety of engineering and design tools. Students are prepared to apply what they learn through practical engagement in specific industry contexts. The program consists of an introductory course that offers a broad overview of design tools and techniques, and three additional courses that focus on the design of Electrical, HVAC, and Plumbing systems. This program incorporates project-based learning throughout.

Required Courses
Electrical Systems Design

The Electrical Systems course introduces students to commercial and industrial electrical distribution system design. Participants in this course will learn about industrial and commercial electrical distribution systems, how they are designed, and how they are operated. Topics include but are not limited to lighting design, reading nameplate data from electrical components, selection of breakers and fuses, design of single line diagram and riser of building electrical system, and the selection of generators. Students will need a copy of the 2020 NFPA 70 (National Electrical Code – Handbook Suggested). Prerequisite: Engineering Concepts and Intro to CAD or previous CAD experience.

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Engineering Concepts & Introduction to CAD

This foundational course provides the knowledge and skills required for a variety of entry-level engineering and design applications. Topics covered include precision measurement, geometric constructions and terminology, engineering graphics and sketching, standard organizations and practices, and an introduction to various CAD programs. Programs that will be introduced include AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks, and OnShape.

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HVAC Systems Design

This course provides the basic knowledge required to design commercial and industrial HVAC systems. Students are introduced to the design process, HVAC symbols, drawings, design stages, HVAC load calculations, ventilation design, ductwork design and calculations, and basic building automation. Students will learn about heat transfer, thermodynamics, and the physical properties of air.

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Plumbing Systems Design

The Plumbing Systems Design course provides participants with the foundational knowledge required for the design of commercial and industrial plumbing and piping systems. Students are introduced to the design process, design stages, diagrams, drawings, symbols, layout, calculations, materials, and applicable codes, regulations, and standards.

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  • Additional fees: Registration and Book(s) $600
Courtney Brown
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