CAD (Computer Aided Design)

Program Information

About CAD (Computer Aided Design)

The Polytech Adult Education CAD (Computer-Aided Design) program introduces participants to a variety of engineering and design tools and prepares them to apply what they are learning through practical engagement with a range of related industries and industry professionals. Students begin with the Engineering Concepts and Introduction to CAD course, followed by four additional courses focusing on using CAD in Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, and Welding contexts. This program incorporates project-based learning throughout.


Engineering Concepts and Introduction to CAD (72 hours)

Course Description: 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.

CAD – Electrical Systems (72 hours)

Course Description: 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.

CAD – HVAC Systems (72 hours)

Course Description: 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.

CAD – Plumbing Systems (72 hours)


CAD – Welding and Fabrication (72 hours)


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