Computer Aided Design and Drafting: Diploma
The Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) Diploma program is designed to develop and enhance practical skills; increasing students' knowledge for a successful CADD career. Throughout the program students will design and draft various projects that are produced in digital and physical models. Students will obtain extensive experience utilizing AutoCAD and BIM softwares.
This program offers students two unique ways to approach their learning. First, students may choose from several specialties including:
Second, the program offers students three options for their studies:
- Diploma in Computer Aided Design and Drafting
- Certificate in Computer Aided Design and Drafting
- Citation in Computer Aided Design and Drafting
The Certificate, and Citation are embedded within the Diploma. They allow students who do not wish to pursue a diploma in CADD to have an optional exit point after two or one semester of coursework. Details on program and course dates are available on Kwantlen Course Timetables. Additional information is available from our program website at: kpu.ca/science/cadd
After successful completion of the Introductory Core (first semester, Citation) students will choose their Specialty. Specialties are not offered every semester, therefore students are asked to consult with the CADD Program Chair through the Specialty selection planning process.
Normally offered in the Fall semester, students prepare sets of drawings to graphically convey design and dimensional information to meet the qualifications for a building permit in residential, commercial and institutional applications.
Architectural CADD/Drafting graduates create 3D models and 2D drawings for residential, commercial and government buildings. They may pursue an entry level position in a variety of employment situations such as an Architectural design office, a manufacturing company of prefabricated buildings or trusses, a construction company, a kitchen/cabinet design company, a municipal office, or a company that specializes in single and multi-family residential plans.
Normally offered in the Spring semester, students prepare sets of drawings to graphically convey design and dimensional information for concrete, steel and timber structures, site preparation and precast concrete. Structural CADD/Drafting graduates create 3D models and 2D drawings for steel, concrete, and wood structures. They also prepare site drawings. Graduates may pursue an entry level position in a variety of employment situations such as an engineering office, a municipal office, or a steel fabrication shop. Structural graduates work on structures for Architectural, Industrial, Highway, Railway and Marine facilities.
Normally offered in the Summer semester, Mechanical CADD/Drafting graduate students create 3D models and 2D drawings that detail industrial layouts such as conveyors and process piping, and manufacturing information for component assemblies and details. Graduates may pursue entry-level positions in a variety of engineering firms, product design companies, construction companies or in fabrication shops. Graduates may work closely with machinists and fabricators to perfect the design, and to establish efficient production and installation procedures.
Students may take more than one Specialty and obtain more than one certificate. In doing so, students should be aware of the university's policy on second credentials (Policy AR16: Requirements for Graduation. See kpu.ca/policies )
The CADD Department has courses developed for Electrical, Industrial, Manufacturing and Civil. These courses may be run as Special Purpose courses when there is sufficient demand. Please contact the CADD Department Chair at 604-598-6123 for more information.
Diploma in Computer Aided Design and Drafting
The Diploma enables students to acquire advanced technical writing skills, Math skills and Physics skills, and to acquire technical skills in document control, web portfolio and CADD customization, sustainable design project management, and networking. These CADD courses are offered in the evening to facilitate certificate and advanced certificate graduates who are working in their industry.
Diploma in Computer Aided Design and Drafting with Co-operative Education
The Diploma in CADD with Co-operative Education allows students the option of pursuing a credential enhanced with a semester of work placement. Students interested in this credential must apply to and follow the terms and conditions indicated in the General Co-opertive Education Requirements Students complete the Co-operative Education component of this credential prior to the beginning of 2000 level course components in the Diploma. Students interested in this option are advised to meet with an Academic Advisor and the CADD Program Chair.
Certificate in Computer Aided Design and Drafting
The Certificate prepares students for an entry level position as a CADD Drafting technician in the chosen Specialty. Using the most advanced CADD (Computer Aided Design & Drafting) software and 3 dimensional (3D) software, students will learn to produce drawings from concept sketches, design information, codes and specifications as per industry standards for production by builders and manufacturers.
Citation in Computer Aided Design and Drafting
The Citation incorporates the CADD Core which prepares students for the Specialty semester.
CADD/Drafting graduates may pursue a career in a variety of employment situations in architectural, engineering, manufacturing or municipal offices, or in a production /construction setting.
After a few years in CADD/Drafting many of our graduates move on to positions in sales, customer service, production management, estimating, CADD and network management and contract services (self-employment). Responsibilities can include design team management, project management of small projects, and production scheduling.
In addition to the Faculty's Undergraduate Admission Requirement, which consists of KPU's Undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:
- Satisfy the Math requirement at Level E1 of the Mathematics Alternatives Table; or through successful placement by the CADD Math Test
- Attend a CADD information session or interview with a CADD department representative.
Note: Students wishing to complete the Diploma program without having to undertake any preparatory courses must satisfy Level C1 of the Mathematics Alternatives Table.
KPU Engineering Certificate graduates admitted to the CADD program may be eligible to receive advanced standing, with the Introductory Core Requirements fulfilled.
Applicants with Drafting 11 and/or 12 from a BC Secondary School can challenge the CADD 1100 course by writing a Qualifying Assessment. Contact the CADD Department Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Diploma in CADD requires 65 credits. After the first semester, courses are offered as open enrolment.
Introductory Core Requirements
|CADD 1150||Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) Software||4 credits|
|12 credits from courses in CADD at the 1100 level||12 credits|
Upon successful completion of the CADD Introductory Core Requirements, students are eligible to exit the program and receive a Citation. Additionally, students may proceed to complete the further requirements for a Certificate or Diploma as outlined below.
Following completion of the Introductory Core Requirements, students choose one of the following three specialties.
|CADA 1250||Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software for Architectural||4 credits|
|12 credits from courses in CADA numbered 1200-1999||12 credits|
|CADM 1250||3 Dimensional (3D) Parametric Solids Modeling Software||4 credits|
|12 credits from courses in CADI or CADM numbered 1200-1999||12 credits|
|CADS 1251||Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Structural||4 credits|
|12 credits from courses in CADS numbered 1200-1999||12 credits|
Upon successful completion of the CADD Introductory Core Requirements and one of the Specialties, students are eligible to exit the program and receive a Certificate in their chosen Specialty. Additionally, students may proceed to complete the further requirements for a Diploma as outlined below.
|ENGL 1100||Introduction to University Writing||3 credits|
|3 credits from a course in MATH at the 1100 level or higher||3 credits|
|4 credits from a course in PHYS at the 1100 level or higher||4 credits|
|3 additional credits from a course in MATH, CHEM, BUSI or PHYS at the 1100 level or higher||3 credits|
|20 credits from courses in CADD at the 2000 level||20 credits|
The Computer Aided Design and Drafting diploma is offered with a Co-operative Education option. Co-operative Education gives a student the opportunity to apply the skills gained during academic study in paid, practical work experience semesters. Students can complete a work semester while completing their diploma. Work semesters alternate with academic study.
Students wishing to enter and participate in the Co-op Option must meet the following requirements:
- Currently admitted to the Diploma in Computer Aided Design and Drafting program.
- Good Academic Standing
- Maximum of 32 credits completed in the Computer Aided Design and Drafting program.
Work Term and Program Continuance Requirements:
Procedures for enrolment in Co-operative Education work terms are outlined in the COOP course descriptions. Conditions for continuance in the program are:
- Successful completion of COOP 1101 prior to completing 32 credits
- Minimum GPA of 2.5
- Instructor Permission
Co-op Course Requirements
The Co-operative Education designation requires successful completion of the following courses:
|COOP 1101||Job Search Techniques||1 credit|
|COOP 1150||Co-op Work Semester 1||9 credits|
In addition to the requirements stated above, all Co-op students must satisfy the General Co-operative Education Requirements.
Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Diploma in Computer Aided Design and Drafting.
Upon successful completion of this program with Co-operative Education, students are eligible to receive a Diploma in Computer Aided Design and Drafting, Co-operative Education Option.
Upon successful completion of the CADD Introductory Core Requirements and one of the Specialties, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in Computer Aided Design and Drafting in their chosen specialty.
Upon successful completion of the CADD Introductory Core Requirements, students are eligible to receive a Citation in Computer Aided Design and Drafting.
At a Glance
Faculty of Science and Horticulture
Drafting / CADD Technologies
- Limited intake
Minimum Credits Required:
- 65 / 32 / 16
Curriculum Effective Date: