Computer Aided Drafting Technology Courses

NCAD-108 - Data Collection and Analysis

Students develop hands-on experience with basic measuring instruments used by the A/E/C industry through lab and field activities. Students develop a methodology for recording field measurements that can be accurately converted into digital documentation. Students also develop the ability to interpret industry standard construction documentation produced by others. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NCAD-150 or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NCAD-112 - Computing Tools for Engineering Technology

This course provides a foundation of computer skills common to classroom and work environments in engineering related fields. These include skills with using operating systems, networks, the Internet, common office productivity tools, and graphics tools. Assignments will include engineering communication and problem solving components. Effective communication strategies will be explored in giving a presentation. Students will also develop a basic website which will be used as a basis for the student's electronic portfolio. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NCAD-150 - Engineering Graphics in AEC

The objective of this course is to introduce students to engineering graphics as a means of communication in the technical fields of architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C). The course is laboratory oriented and provides the student with basic skills to create professional 2D drawings with this comprehensive first course in the use of AutoCAD software for mechanical, architectural and civil drawings. The course assumes no prior knowledge of engineering drawing or CAD. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NCAD-170 - Construction CAD I

The objective of this course is to learn the fundamental concepts of building information modeling (BIM) and how computer aided drafting (CAD) is used to produce basic construction documents. Students will learn to create a basic BIM project as well as learn basic AEC concepts and terms. Students will also develop effective time management skills and file management strategies. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab 9, Credits 3 (Spring)

NCAD-180 - Civil Technology Graphics

The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of drawings and practices used in the civil drafting field. Students engage in sketching exercises as well as use computer aided drafting tools to create plans and drawings for civil engineering projects. Students are introduced to mapping, surveying, GIS, plot plans, contour lines, highway layout, profiles and earthwork drawings. Students develop an understanding of the technical and legal purpose of these drawings and how to assemble them. No official prerequisites are required, but students should have basic computer literacy skills. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NCAD-150 or equivalent course.) Lab 5, Lecture, Credits 3 (Spring)

NCAD-199 - Independent Study CADT

The description for each Independent Study request will be specified in each student proposal. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Ind Study, Credits 1 - 5 (Fall, Spring)

NCAD-201 - Job Search Process for CADT

Course goals are to prepare students to secure a cooperative or professional work experience in the student's major and to assist the student in acquiring the skills for accessing information, networking, developing resumes and letters, completing various employment-related forms, interviewing, and using various communication techniques in preparing students for the job search process. This course also includes a lab where students will design and create a hard-copy and a web-based electronic portfolio, and students will engage in practice interviews to effectively communicate the contents of their portfolio. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab 4, Lecture, Credits 3 (Fall)

NCAD-220 - Construction CAD II

The objective of this course is to learn how Building Information Modeling (BIM) can bring different disciplines together in a coordinated way to facilitate the design of a building. The course will build on the CAD skills learned in Construction CAD I to develop a more complex commercial BIM project that includes Architecture, MEP services and structural systems. Students will learn various AEC concepts and terms as well as how to organize a set of construction documents. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NCAD-108 and NCAD-170 or equivalent courses.) Lab 9, Credits 3 (Fall)

NCAD-230 - Construction CAD III

Students learn to apply 3-D CAD techniques to a multi-level construction project situated on a site with significant topographic features. Students will function as a team to create a total project model. Structural systems will be integrated into the construction of the building model. Students will extract and refine a series of orthographic views of the site and building models such that a comprehensive set of working drawings is produced. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NCAD-220 and NCAD-255 or equivalent courses.) Lab 9, Credits 3 (Spring)

NCAD-240 - Advanced Construction CAD

Students develop CAD and BIM skills gained in previous courses by adding skills in design development. The project, a building of two or more stories, requires the synthesis of information and principles both from previous courses and from reference sources. Students will create a BIM project from preliminary drawings. Some design work will be required as students will incorporate information from building codes, specifications and data for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services and structural systems. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NCAD-230, NCAD-265, NCAD-275 and NCAD-285 or equivalent courses. Co-requisites: NCAD-250 or equivalent course.) Lab 9, Credits 3 (Fall)

NCAD-250 - Presentation Graphics

Students gain specialized skills and knowledge in production of presentation graphics using CAD and visualization software. Using general CAD skills as a starting point, students learn to setup and render various types of images and animations for presentation of construction projects to clients, agencies, boards, and the public. Students will engage in a team design project which will culminate with a final presentation. (Co-requisites: NCAD-240 or equivalent course and NTID supported student.) Lab 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NCAD-255 - Construction Material and Methods I

Students study soil, aggregate, Portland cement concrete, asphalt cement concrete and wood products used for construction. Laboratory work focuses on testing soil, aggregates and Portland cement concrete. ASTM standards are used in all testing. Students also test mortar using ASTM standards and follow building codes for framing construction. Students will engage in hands-on lab activities. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NCAD-108 and NCAD-170 or equivalent courses.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NCAD-265 - Construction Materials and Methods II

This course is a continuation of the Construction Materials and Methods I course. Students learn standard technical vocabulary related to common construction materials, basic building science concepts related to thermal insulation and moisture protection, and various construction framing methods. Students will also learn the aesthetic, economic and performance characteristics of a wide variety of non-structural materials and finish products associated with the construction industry. Hands-on lab activities are used to learn how many common products are installed. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NCAD-255 or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NCAD-275 - Principles of Structural Systems

In this course, students learn the basic concepts of loads and stresses and how the structural members of a construction project support and distribute loads. The overview includes the practical aspects of how structural elements as assembled and incorporated into construction projects and the influence of building codes on the selection of structural systems. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NCAD-108 and NCAD-170 or equivalent courses.) Lecture 3, Credits 3 (Fall)

NCAD-280 - GIS Fundamentals

Students develop basic skills in applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Through hands-on projects, students will learn how to use GIS software, plan a project, create a database, conduct spatial analysis and create presentation graphics. No official prerequisites are required, but students should have basic computer literacy skills. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NCAD-285 - MEP Systems

Students learn to identify the basic components and operation of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems for a construction project. These systems include water supply, sanitary sewer and waste water treatment, storm drainage, solid waste handling, power supply generation, indoor climate control, lighting and communication systems. Students will learn the advantages of specifying sustainable solutions for these systems. Students will become acquainted with the graphic representation of these systems on construction documentation. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NCAD-220 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3, Credits 3 (Spring)

NCAD-289 - Special Topics: CADT

The description for each Special Topics request will be specified in each course proposal. (NTID Supported Students.) Lecture, Credits 1 - 5 (Fall, Spring)

NCAD-299 - Co-op: CADT

Designed to give the student an opportunity to gain experience on the job, to apply what they have learned and to self-evaluate personal and communication skills. Placement assistance is provided to help the student find a relevant work experience. CO OP, Credits 0 (Fall, Spring, Summer)