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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:
2 Years
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
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 Waitlist

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 modelling 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.

Admission Requirements

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

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.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

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.

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
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
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

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

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