Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

Plan, Design & Execute Like a Pro!

Knowing how to use industry standard computer-aided design software such as AutoCAD, Inventor, and Solidworks is a highly sought after skill my many industries.  For engineers in manufacturing, construction, electrical fields, and the automotive industry, having CAD skills is a must, as they are for architects, interior designers, industrial designers, and other professionals.

CAD students will learn how to read, interpret, and create technical drawings and readouts for a variety of applications.  They will also learn to design with 2D and 3D software.  The class is mainly project based, so you can work on creating projects that interest you while learning skills that will help you secure a job or continue to post-secondary education.

CAD - Sturgis


Alex Balzer (@ Sturgis High School)

Nick Nollinger  (@ Three Rivers High School)

Learn to:

  • Prepare accurate working plans and drawings
  • Perform basic drawing functions
  • Use computers to design 2D and 3D drawings
  • Design sectional and auxiliary views
  • Design machinery or products
  • Prepare variations of a design
  • Develop assembly drawings

Suggested Skills and Classes:

  • Drafting (required, if available)
  • Advanced math skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Industrial/Technology Education
  • Keyboarding
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Geometry/Algebra preferred

Career Opportunities:

  • Engineer
  • Architect
  • Automotive Designer
  • Drafter
  • CAD/CAM Operator
  • Surveyor

CAD - Three Rivers

Student Organization:

  • BPA

Course Syllabus:

  • To be provided

High School Credit Opportunities:

  • Final-year Math
  • 2nd Science
  • 2nd World Languages
  • Online Learning Experience
  • Visual, Performing & Applied Arts

College Credit Opportunities:

  • CADD-215 Computer-Aided Design (3)
  • CADD-216 Advanced CAD (3)
  • CADD-217 3D Solid Modeling (3)
  • CADD-218 Advanced 3D Solid Modeling (3)
  • CADD-219 Advanced 3D Modeling (3)

Certifications Available:

  • SolidWorks