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    24 credit hours

Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Certificate

  • Computer-Aided Design & Drafting
    Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

    CAD-CT

    Program Leadership Information

    Lara Sharp, Program Director, (727) 398-8256

    Program Summary

    This certificate provides a program of study with courses in CAD and solid modeling needed to assist the engineering activities of industry and consultants in planning, designing, and detailing. Rapid Prototyping is also utilized throughout the solid modeling courses. This CADD Certificate is part of the Digital Design and Modeling Subplan of the 60-credit hour Associate in Science degree in Engineering Technology. These courses, within this certificate, can also be applied to the 62-credit hour Associate in Science Degree in Drafting and Design Technology. Students new to this field will be able to obtain employment by completing this certificate and work in those areas where CAD technicians and designers are needed.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

    Job Related Opportunities

    • CAD Designer
    • CAD Technician
    • Design Technician
    • Detailer
    • Engineering Aide

    MAJOR CORE COURSES

    ETD 1320CIntroduction to CAD3
    ETD 1340CAutoCAD II3
    ETD 1350CAutoCAD III 3-D Modeling3
    ETD 2364CIntroduction to SolidWorks3
    ETD 2368CAdvanced Solidworks3
    ETD 2369CSolidWorks Advance Applications3
    Select any two (2) additional ETD related course6
    Total Credits24
  • CT iconThrough this certificate and the Engineering Technology A.S. subplan in digital design and modeling, you gain experience in Computer-Aided Design (CAD), solid modeling and rapid prototyping skills needed to assist the engineering activities of industry in planning, designing and detailing. You will acquire several important industry-standard skills, including using modern CAD programs applied to problem solving. You can work toward industry certifications in SolidWorks and AutoCAD.

    The computer-aided design and drafting certificate and Engineering Technology A.S. subplan in digital design and modeling have two mini tracks based on electives.

    • Rapid Prototyping track
      Includes finite element analysis and rapid prototyping. This track is intended for students interested in manufacturing mechanical parts.
    • REVIT track
      Includes two courses in the parametric building information modeling software, REVIT. This track is intended for students interested in architecture and building construction and design.
  • What you will learn

    • Advanced CAD commands
    • Three-dimensional (3-D) drawings
    • Solid modeling software
    • Digital engineering design fundamentals
    • Digital modeling fundamentals
  • Continuing your education

    This certificate is part of the Digital Design and Modeling subplan of the 60-credit hour A.S. degree in Engineering Technology.

    CT to AS to BAS icon 

    Some of these courses can be applied to the 62-credit hour A.S. Degree in Drafting and Design Technology.

  • Careers

    Drafting and Computer Aided Design technicians are vital players in engineering. Their skills help take concepts one step closer to completion. Graduates of this program who are new to the field can find employment in those areas where CAD technicians and designers are needed.

    This program qualifies you for entry level work as:

  • Facilities

    A long-time leader in workforce education, St. Petersburg College developed the Tampa Bay area’s first Collaborative Center for Emerging Technologies as an open manufacturing factory work environment to simulate skills needed in emerging technologies in August, 2012.

    SPC's SolidWorks Design Center was the first of its kind in Florida developed through the collaborative efforts of local industry and makes use of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment, 3-D scanners and 3-D printers.

    In all, SPC has four state-of-the-art labs, including additive manufacturing-rapid prototyping, quality measurement and electronic instrumentation.

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  • Program Dir, Engineering Tech
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    727-398-8256