Course Code: 911567

Master the latest techniques and innovations in our high-tech computer-aided drafting (CAD) lab. Gain valuable experience in the area of machine, architecture, piping, structural, electrical and mapping. Network with former students who are now professionals with successful careers in architecture and engineering.

WBL (Work-Based Learning), EC (Enriched Credit), TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students - Computer Science Substitute for second-year students only), IBC (Industry-Based Certification)

Components Used in Evaluation

  1. Drawings/Homework:
    • Traditional Board Drawings
      • Technical Correctness
      • Linework
      • Neatness
      • Accuracy
      • Lettering
      • Speed
      • Problem Solving
      • Productiveity Techniques & Strategies
    • Computer Aided Drawings
      • Technical Correctness
      • Accuracy
      • General Drawing Layout
      • Speed
      • Problem Solving
      • Productivity Techniques & Strategies
      • Tests and Assignments
  2. Daily Work Attributes:
    • Working with minimum supervision
    • ability to focus on work
    • maximizing work time
    • ability to prioritize classwork
    • organization of work area
  3. Journal
  4. Timesheet
  5. Course Binder

Kevin Ypya

  • (318) 636-5150

Course Overview

The basic section of this course is designed to develop the skills and attributes required of any entry level drafter. These skills and attributes are: 1) linework, 2) lettering, 3) accuracy, 4) knowledge of CAD, 5) efficient and productive use of CAD commands, 6) problem solving, 7) teamwork, and 8) ability to work with minimum supervision.

The advanced specialties of this course (as listed in course outline) are designed to develop the advanced skills of the second year student and better prepare them for work in more specialized drafting positions.

Instructional Philosphy

This course was organized with the attitude: The student must master basic skill competencies prior to advancing to more complicated forms of drafting. Special emphasis is placed on the techniques and procedures necessary to work in a drafting job.

Textbooks and Workbooks

Text – French, Thomas E., Stensen, Carl L., Helsel, Jay D., and Urbanick, Byron. Mechanical Drawing. St. Louis: Webster Division, McGraw-Hill Book Company.

Reference – Geotsch, David L., Nelson, A John., Chalk, William S., Technical Drawing. Albany: Delmar Publishers, Inc.

WText – Shumaker, Terence, Madsen, David A., Madsen, David P. Autocad and It’s Applications, Goodheart Wilcox Publishing.

Components Used in Evaluation

1. Drawings/Homework:

Traditional Board Drawings

  • Technical correctness
  • Linework
  • Neatness
  • Accuracy
  • Lettering
  • Speed
  • Problem solving
  • Productivity techniques & strategies

Computer Aided Drawings

  • Technical Correctness
  • Accuracy
  • General Drawing Layout
  • Accuracy
  • Speed
  • Problem solving
  • Productivity techniques and strategies

2. Tests and assignments

3. Daily work attributes:

  • working with minimum supervision
  • ability to focus on work
  • maximizing work time
  • ability to prioritize classwork
  • organization of work area

4. Journal

5. Timesheet

6. Course binder

Grading Policy

I. Drawings & Projects Speed – 1/3 Grade

II. Performance – 1/3 Grade

III. Tests and Documentation CAD – 1/3 Grade

*Drawings are to be revised until they meet industry standards. (see grading codes chart)

I. Drawings and Projects/Speed and Home Learning:

Upon final approval of drawings and worksheets, these items will be placed in a graded portfolio and the grades recorded on the grading sheet. Daily portfolios will be averaged every four weeks. For second year students, speed grades will also be assigned at this time based upon the volume of work submitted in the four week period. The quality and speed grade will be computed and posted on the front of the portfolios. A total of two portfolios will be submitted in the nine week period. These two portfolio grades will be averaged and will comprise 1/3 of the nine weeks grade. The speed grade is based upon the total number of Speed Multiplier Units (SMU’s) assigned to each drawing. Quality grades on drawings will also be weighed according to the SMU value.

Note:  The components of this grade will be 2/3 quality and 1/3 speed and will be recorded as quality grade/speed grade.

Home Learning: 

Home learning is the out-of-class tasks assigned to extend the classroom learning of each student. It is any assignment planned or approved by the teacher to be completed by the student outside of the regular classroom.

Home learning plays an important role in supporting each student’s success in school and life. It provides opportunities for individuals to reflect on their classroom learning, strengthen their skills and understanding, and operate independently as a learner. CCTC values home learning as a strategy for improving student performance. It assists in:

  • Supporting student learning
  • Developing sound study habits
  • Developing student independence, initiative, and personal responsibility
  • Engaging parents in the learning program

Giving parents a better idea of work being explored in school.

II. Performance:

Performance will be observed on a daily basis and a percentage grade will be given each week. An average of the weekly performance grades will account for 1/3 of the total nine weeks grade. The performance grade is the equivalent of a company review or evaluation which most employees receive periodically in a work environment.

The performance grade is based upon:

  • Timelines, punctuality, and attendance
  • Working with minimum supervision
  • Ability to focus on class activities
  • Demonstration of a cooperative and helpful attitude while working on individual class work as well as team activities with other students
  • Ability to prioritize class projects and activities

Note: Numerous warnings pertaining to improper behavior will greatly reduce the weekly performance grade.


III. Tests and Documentation

This component will be equal to 1/3 of the total nine weeks grade and is based upon:

  • Timesheet – 100 Total Points
  • Binder – 100 Total Points
  • Journal – 100 Total Points
  • Tests – 100 Total Points
  • CAD – 600 Total Points

Note: A student missing any of the above components will not be allowed a grade over 75%. Points may be shifted from one component to another depending on the work completed in a given nine weeks. For example: during the second nine weeks most of the work will be the CAD minicourse and not drawings/projects, therefore the value of those components could be changed. You will be informed each nine weeks of those changes.

Miscellaneous Grading Notes

  1. See CAD and TRAD checking procedures for the standard classroom checking system.
  2. Tutoring is available from 7:45 AM to 8:30 AM, or in the afternoon from 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM with prior arrangement.
  3. Bonus points will be awarded to drawing grades for unusually good techniques, behavior, quality, or attitude.
  4. Students are encouraged to work at home whenever possible. The extra time spent on coursework will greatly affect the student’s skill level. In addition, these students would be considered first for workplace learning and jobs because of their extra skills and high level of motivation.
  5. Drawings are weighted according to their complexity. All drawings have a “SMU” rating (Speed Multiplier Unit) based upon the usual length of time to complete. For example: a four SMU drawing is worth 400 points while a one SMU drawing is 100 points.
  6. Many error deductions will be eliminated if good revisions are made.

Make-up Work

The designated day for students to complete make-up work will be on Thursdays. The student may come to the drafting classroom between 7:30-8:30 AM or 3:00-4:00 PM. The student must let the teacher know, at least one day prior, that they will be coming in early or staying late.

Course Requirements

  1. Course reference binder: a referenced binder will be maintained with assignments, reference sheets, notes, and handouts. Any worksheets in binder must be completed. For specific grading information, see Folder Evaluation Form.
  2. Portfolio: a portfolio will be maintained containing the following items:
    • 12 or more work samples (1st year students), 20 or more (2nd year student)
    • a current resume
    • 2 completed work applications
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • certificates of proficiency, scholarship, or attendance
  3. Timesheet: a daily log will be maintained of each days activities and a record of grades and time spent on each project will also be kept. (See Timesheet Evaluation Form)
  4. Journal: a diary will be kept each day reflecting notes, observations, and assignments.
  5. Drawings: Examples of Major Projects
    • Drafting I
    • Clamp Project – The Clamp drawing is the first working drawing that the students complete. This is completed when the students have become proficient using basic 2D CAD commands.
    • Angle Bracket – The Angle Bracket project is an advanced single part working drawing which tests the students 2D and 3D CAD skills.
    • S Bracket – The S Bracket project is an advanced single part working drawing which tests the students 2D and 3D CAD skills.
    • Bridge Project – The Bridge Project is a teamwork project that allows the students to experience structural engineering by researching, designing, and constructing a bridge that meets specific requirements and can support a specified weight.
    • Tool Makers Vise – The Tools Makers Vise project involves the students creating their first Assembly drawing. The project involves drawing multiple machine parts in 2D and 3D.
    • Depth Gage – The Depth Gage project involves the students creating their second assembly drawing. The project involves drawing multiple machine parts in 2D and 3D.
    • Design Project – The students will work in teams to design a product, produce working drawings and produce a working prototype. This project is the student’s final machine project and tests all of the students skills learned throughout the school year.
    • Garage Project – The students will learn the basic components of residential plan set by completing working drawings for a detached garage.
    • Drafting II
    • House Model – The students will construct a house model. Students will learn basic construction procedures, methods and terminology.
    • House Project – The student will design and draw a complete set of construction documents for a House. This project is worked on throughout the year and is finalized during the fourth nine weeks. The project tests all of the skills learned throughout the year.
    • Individual Project – The student will complete a project specifically designed for their career path. For example: If the student is interested in Electrical Engineering, I will give them a project that is focused specifically with that career field in mind.
    • AUTOCAD Certified User Certification- confirms students have the skills necessary to continue their design careers whether they attend college, enter the workforce, or work toward additional levels of industry certification after graduation.
    • Drafting III
    • House 3D – The students will construct a 3D model of their house plan that was completed the previous year. The student will become familiar with Revit Software in the process.
    • Work Based Learning – If the student is scheduled in the last block of the day and the students 7th period class allows, the student may be able to go to work in a job related to this course.
    • Please observe the following general classroom rules:
      • Return all texts, materials, and instruments to their proper place in the classroom.
      • At the end of each class session, clean tables and equipment, straighten up equipment, and return chairs to their proper location.
      • No food or drink is allowed in the classroom.
      • Do not leave your workstation without a valid reason.
      • No talking will be permitted in class unless it is a matter of “life or death” or related to drafting (talking about your previous weekend will not be considered a good topic for discussion).
      • Copying another student’s work will not be tolerated. Copying will result in a zero for you and the person from whom the work is copied.
      • Poor attendance will be reflected in the grade. A student with excessive absences, as defined by CPSB, will not receive credit for the course. Extended illnesses, doctor, or dentist excused absences (you must bring the original documentation for this to be excused), verified school activities (in writing or via a call from home school) and other “legal” excused absences will not be counted towards this total. Numerous non-verified absences will not be counted towards this total. Numerous non-verified absences below this maximum will result in a lowered grade due to low productivity.

CAD Related Rules

See CAD “Mini Course” for additional information regarding rules related to computer aided drafting.