CAD Technician – Mechanical

Translate the ideas and sketches of designers and engineers into detailed drawings used in manufacturing and construction.

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

A CAD Technician works with designers and engineers to convert their ideas and concepts for new products and designs into accurate drawings that specify size, shape, materials and other specifications. These drawings are then used by professionals in manufacturing, consulting and construction to produce the desired product or structure.

In this program, you're introduced to mechanical drafting disciplines and become familiar with the many additional opportunities that are available in other graphic related fields. Technical mathematics and communications specific to these fields are integrated. Problem-solving abilities and drafting skills are honed through practical assignments where you think through the process of drawing development. Production of drawings using computer-aided-drafting (CAD) is a significant component. 3D solid modeling and parametric concepts are introduced and utilized and other computer applications are used to produce documents related to the manufacture, marketing and use of the products.

You develop planning, research and analytical abilities through your design project work. You also participate in a work term that provides invaluable on-the-job training.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Why Take It"On-the-job experience is a great bridge from classwork to career."
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    Highlight"Design project where we created detailed working drawings for a physical object."
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    Cool Activity"Learning computer drafting software/standards. Visiting worksites and potential employers."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • Learn from experienced instructors – Our faculty bring years of experience in the drafting industry to the classroom. They also have a strong desire to see you succeed and many students look to them as mentors.
  • Get the skills that lead to a rewarding career. We work closely with employers to ensure you get a solid foundation to start a successful drafting career.
  • Earn recognized credentials – This program is accredited with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), a standing committee of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). CTAB accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards designed by industry leaders across Canada and is recognized internationally. Graduates may be eligible for membership with TechNova, the certifying organization for Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in Nova Scotia.

Employment Opportunities

  • Work in a variety of fields including mechanical, mechanical systems, electrical systems, piping and structural drafting. You also develop skills to advance into a broad range of occupations such as engineering and project management.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.
  • Important Abilities & Skills – A strong working knowledge of computers and the ability to visualize and understand shapes in three dimensional space is recommended to be successful in this program.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
DRAM 1002   Technical Mathematics I
DRAM 1004   Computer Aided Drafting I
DRAM 1006   Technical Mathematics II
DRAM 1009   Mechanical Drafting
DRAM 1010   CAD - Mechanical I
DRAM 1011   Engineering Materials
DRAM 1012   Applied Computer Applications
DRAM 1013   Technical Drafting I
DRAM 1014   Technical Drafting II
DRAM 3001   Machine Design - Mechanisms
DRAM 3002   CAD - Mechanical II
DRAM 3003   Physical Science I
DRAM 3006   Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
DRAM 3007   Process Pipe Drafting
DRAM 3008   Electronics Drafting
DRAM 3010   Physical Science II
DRAM 3011   Fluid Power Drafting
DRAM 3012   CAD - Mechanical III
DRAM 3015   Work Experience
DRAM 3017   HVAC Drafting
DRAM 3018   Management and Business Principles in Engineering
DRAM 3500   Applied Project
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Introduction to Hazard Identification
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Next Steps

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