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CAD Technician - Mechanical

CAD Technician - Mechanical

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

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


A Computer-Aided-Drafting (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 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 CAD is a significant component. 3D solid modelling and parametric concepts are introduced and utilized and other computer applications are used to produce documents related to the manufacturing, marketing and use of the products.

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

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional co-operative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • 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.

Choose NSCC

  • 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.
  • We work closely with employers to ensure you get a solid foundation to start a successful drafting career.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • 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.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • 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
CADD 1110   CAD - Mechanical I
COMM 1245   Technical Communications I
COMM 2245   Technical Communications II
DRAM 1002   Technical Mathematics I
DRAM 1006   Technical Mathematics II
DRAM 1009   Mechanical Drafting
DRAM 1011   Engineering Materials
DRAM 1015   Technical Drafting
DRAM 3001   Machine Design - Mechanisms
DRAM 3002   CAD - Mechanical II
DRAM 3003   Physical Science I
DRAM 3006   Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
DRAM 3008   Electronics Drafting
DRAM 3012   CAD - Mechanical III
DRAM 3015   Work Experience
DRAM 3020   Specialty Drafting
DRAM 3101   Drafting for Advanced Manufacturing
DRAM 3111   Data Management
DRAM 3500   Applied Project I
DRAM 3501   Applied Project II
QMGT 2100   Management, Business Principles, and Process Improvement
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification

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