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DT302 – Technical Documentation (CADD) (Formerly DT102 – Intermediate CADD)

About this course:

This course emphasizes using various electronic graphical media software. to create standardized technical documentation for Architectural, Civil, and Mechanical applications. A wide range of methods are used to create, print and save 2D, 3D, orthographic and isometric presentations in a wide variety of output formats using AutoCAD as the primary tool. Section views for mechanical and architectural applications are covered as are a variety of drawing and file management topics. Assignments encompass architectural design, mechanical design, civil drafting, interior design, and space planning; utilizing 3D-drawing, orthographic and isometric projection, sections, developments, attributes, x-refs, wblocks, and the use of the design center. This class also provides an introduction to basic software customization that is common in industry practice. This covers the preparation for professional work skills and advanced design courses.


Upon mastering the content of this course, you should be able to:

-utilize a wide variety of file management and software customization tools to prepare, develop, coordinate, and output drawings in accord with best practices for architectural, civil and mechanical applications

-apply orthographic and isometric projection and sectioning principles to architectural, civil, and mechanical engineering drawings

-produce industry standard technical documentation following professional standards

-select and use appropriate design graphic techniques commensurate with industry requirements needed to develop technical design documents from a conceptual design


What you should expect from this class:

Your grade depends on 3 parts of the class … your assignments, your assessments, and how you manage and present your work.  This course will emphasize developing Technical Documentation skills, presenting your work, and managing your work in a professional manner.


This class is a combined lecture and lab class.  It is most common that students need to attend full class sessions regularly in order to pass this class.  The class is designed so that most students who are familiar with and good at using computers can complete most of the work during assigned class times.  If you are not familiar with computers or if you do not work very fast on computers, you may expect to spend extra time outside of lab in order to meet the course requirements.  The Learning Resource Center computers are equipped with appropriate versions of all of the software that you might need.  You can also download AutoCAD for free from AutoDesk if you are a registered student. 


Here is a high quality sample of what we cover in this class.  You will be required to create a similar portfolio of your work.


What you need to bring to class the first day:

CADD Workbook #2 – available in the ARC bookstore

A USB Memory stick – this class uses only a small amount of memory

A 1-1/2” – 2” Binder in which you can keep hard-copies of your work.


What you should do ahead of time to be prepared for the first day of class (we will also do this in class the first day, but if you are familiar with it, it is much easier):

Log into the ARC D2L site and look for the DT102 course.

Find the content page, the discussion page, and the drop-box.

Find the survey page and take the unit 1 – introduction surveys