Computer Aided Drafting (Certificate)

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Internships and Employment

We have a database of more than 450 companies within the Capital Region that use CAD and are potential internship and/or employment sites. Internship and employment opportunities are developed through informational interviews with students enrolled in the program, continued outreach to employers by program staff, referrals from graduates, and direct recruiting by companies via our program office at (518) 629-7584, or the Center for Careers and Transfer at (518) 629-7326.

About Internships

Over the past 20 years, students from the Computer Aided Drafting Certificate Program of Hudson Valley Community College have increased their proficiency and marketability in CAD through the use of internships. During the fall and spring, students are being trained in the latest CAD software and we are enlisting the business community to become part of this educational process. While more than 150 companies have participated in this program during the past several years, we would like to review the purpose and procedures for hosting an intern from this program. Please consider hosting a full-time, six-week, CAD intern beginning in May, some part-time internships could begin earlier.

Our reasons for having students conduct internships include:

  • Provide an experiential opportunity for students to mold their classroom training into marketable employment skills
  • Allow students to explore and develop skills in a specific CAD application or discipline
  • Allow a student to develop the office skills necessary for a professional/technical work environment

Because of the desired educational focus of this assignment, the program does not obligate that companies pay interns or provide on-going employment at the internship's conclusion; however, because our students are in high demand, employers often choose to pay our interns.

Over the years, hundreds of students in this CAD certificate program have successfully participated in this internship process as a critical step in entering the various fields where CAD is used. Many have gone from their internships to employment within the host firm or to successful employment searches in the Capital District and beyond.

To participate in the upcoming internship program starting in late May, we are asking companies to express their interest by filling out an annual Web survey, that will be emailed to our contacts at more than 300 companies, early March. In late March, students will be contacting those companies who have agreed to informational interviews to learn more about the company. By mid April, students should have set up appointments for interviews. We hope to have positions finalized and interns starting end of May.

The selection process will provide your company an opportunity to meet one or more students, review their resume and interview them. Students will simultaneously be meeting with multiple companies, as is appropriate, to help them determine where their best fit is. When a mutually agreeable match has been made, our office will proceed with the internship arrangement, sending you a contract to fill out and setting up insurance coverage for our students while at your place of employment.

If you have questions about the program, internship or the form, please feel free to contact Peter Fil at (518) 629-4837, or via email at or Amy McEwing (518) 629-7584; email at

Your participation is appreciated.


A brief review of the required courses for the CAD Certificate program curriculum:

Course Description Credit Hours
CADD 100 CADD 100 uses AutoCAD to introduce basic CAD concepts through mechanical, architectural and industrial applications. We selected this software because of its prevalent use in industry. 4
CADD 110 This course is a continuation of CADD 100, studying advanced 2-D and 3-D topics using the AutoCAD software. 4
CADD 120 Students will learn civil applications with AutoCAD’s Civil 3D. 4
CADD 102 CADD 102 is a print reading and mechanical drawing course. It introduces students to industry practices and nomenclature and covers basic drafting techniques, how to read and use scales, and how to read and interpret prints. Students are introduced to geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. 3
CAD 200 Using Revit Architecture, a 3-D parametric architectural software, this course looks at the architectural aspects of CADD drafting and design. 4
CADD 210 This course is the capstone course for our curriculum. Students apply industrial standards to a student-designed project using a 3D solid modeling program such as SolidWorks and Inventor. 4
CADD 215 Using AutoCAD, our “Applications in Building Mechanicals” course covers industry conventions for detailing in the structural steel, plumbing, HVAC and electrical areas. Students will complete a set of plans and specifications for a small industrial/commercial building. 3
ENGL 101 and 106 Since no one can succeed without good communication skills, English 101 was designed to help students improve their writing ability through concentration on the writing process. Our second course, English 106, focuses on the technical aspects of writing reports, abstracts and specifications. Students will utilize Microsoft Office products. 3 and 3
MATH 105 and 106 Math 105 and 106 are applied math courses with an emphasis on technical and industrial examples. They will cover fractions, conversion of units, trigonometry, geometry and other topics in practical everyday applications. 3 and 3
INDS 100 This last course is focused on career planning and decision making so our students understand better how to succeed in the work environment for which we are preparing them. 3

For the complete, most up-to-date description of these courses, refer to the College Catalog Course Descriptions.


Internship sites will:

  • Provide, assign, and supervise work that will enhance the CAD training of the Intern.
  • Develop an outline of duties to be performed by the Intern for approval by the CAD Program staff (form provided).
  • Review Intern's performance and skill sets (form provided).
  • Allow students to attend Internship seminar course on Friday afternoons, three times during the Internship, from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Open a dialogue about current technology trends and software for the college to be aware of.

Interns will:

  • Log a minimum of 192 hours of work with CAD environment.
  • Compliance with normal employee procedures with regard to dress code, regular work hours and conduct.
  • Attend practicum seminar course on Friday afternoons, three times during the Internship, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Program staff will:

  • Conduct at least one site visitation to see that Internship objectives are met.
  • Be available to assist with any problematic issues that arise during the Internship period.
  • Provide certificate stating liability coverage of student by Hudson Valley Community College.

Program Dates and Compensation Information

  • The Internship should begin within a week to ten days following the training portion of the program. The Internship runs during the summer, generally starting in late May. Exact start dates should be arranged between the Intern and the host company.
  • Hudson Valley Community College does not mandate any level of compensation for Interns during the internship. Many companies offer a stipend to offset transportation and other cost during this training period.

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