Workforce Development Institute (WDI)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD) Courses

Tap into your creative side. Used in everything from architecture to construction to manufacturing, there are new types of CAD courses scheduled all the time. Let us help you learn the fundamentals of design and more in our 2D and 3D classes.

AutoCAD 3D Modeling with AutoCAD
30 hours, 3 CEUs, Non-Credit
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You can become a valuable asset to your company! This course introduces students to aspects of computer-based three-dimensional (3D) modeling using the AutoCAD platform. It guides them in constructing 3D wireframe models, surface models and solid models to make multi-view drawings.

The construction industry is transitioning to 3D applications that typically cost thousands of dollars, but many companies are still utilizing AutoCAD to save money, even though they would like to be in 3D. This course provides hands-on training in working in 3D, while using the more cost-effective software platform, AutoCAD, and prepares students to help their companies transition into the 3D world, without the cost of upgrading their software.

Course Content and Training Topics

  • User coordinate system and the z-axis
  • 3D wireframe modeling
  • UCS, viewports and wireframe modeling
  • 3D surface modeling
  • Solid modeling-constructive solid geometry
  • Regions, extrude and solid modeling
  • Multi-view drawings from 3D models
  • Symmetrical features in designs
  • Advanced modeling tools and techniques
  • Conceptual design tools and techniques
  • Introduction to photorealistic rendering

Prerequisites: AutoCAD Basics or equivalent

Textbook: AutoCAD 2015 Tutorial – Second Level: 3D Modeling, by Randy H. Shih, will be available for purchase at the Viking's Cove Bookstore.

Location: 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy OR Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $625

AutoCAD AutoCAD - Basics
30 hours, 3 CEUs, Non-Credit
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The Workforce Development Institute's 30-hour AutoCAD Basics course is designed for individuals who are interested in learning the fundamentals of design using AutoCAD software.

The objective of the course is to provide students with an overview of AutoCAD software tools and how to use them for specific design tasks.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Produce 2D drawings
  • Create custom templates
  • Demonstrate CAD plotting and layout
  • Demonstrate advanced CAD commands including file management, blocks, x-refs and the creation of libraries
  • Demonstrate the ability to complete complex drawings

Prerequisites: A 10th grade reading and math skill levels. Students should have proficient computer skills, familiar with mouse operations, and navigating the Windows operating system.

Location: 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy OR Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $625

AutoCAD AutoCAD - Intermediate
30 hours, 3 CEUs, Non-Credit
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Intermediate AutoCAD is designed for individuals who are interested in learning more advanced techniques for using AutoCAD software for design.

This course provides students with an overview of AutoCAD software tools, including how to use them for specific design tasks.

Training topics include:

  • Working with blocks
  • Parametric drawings
  • Using sheet sets for design
  • Creating templates
  • Annotation styles
  • External references
  • Managing layers
  • CAD Standards

Prerequisites: Basic AutoCAD skills; Minimum 10th grade reading and math skill levels; Computer skills, including familiarity with navigating the Windows operating system

Textbook: AutoCAD 2016 Tutorial – First Level: 2D Fundamentals, by Randy H. Shih, will be available for purchase at the Viking's Cove Bookstore.

Location: 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy OR Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $625

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing with Precision Measurement
20 hours, 2.0 CEUs, Non-Credit
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Learn everything your team needs with this course, which combines two closely-related areas; Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, and Precision Measurement!

The Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) portion of the course (16 hours) is designed as an overview of the topics relating to the application and understanding of GD&T. Suitable for team members at all levels, including engineers, designers, quality personnel and production staff, the course is based on the current ASME Y14.5 Dimensioning and Tolerancing standard.

The Precision Measurement portion of the course (4 hours) is designed to cover the use and understanding of precision tools, including calipers, micrometers, gauge blocks, etc. This portion of the course is suitable for anyone needing to understand the application and use of precision measurement tools.

The following critical GD&T topic areas will be covered:

  • Concepts and rules
  • Comparisons and advantages to conventional coordinate dimensioning practices
  • Terminology and symbols
  • Datums and datum reference frame, including datum targets
  • The Feature Control Frame
  • Modifiers
  • Basic dimensions
  • Tolerance characteristics, including:
    • form tolerances
    • orientation tolerances
    • location tolerances
    • profile tolerances
    • run-out tolerances
  • Virtual condition and worst-case boundary

The course will also cover these specific Precision Measurement Topics:

  • Accuracy vs. precision
  • Discrimination of gages
  • Direct reading vs. comparison gages
  • Vernier micrometer
  • Use & application of gage blocks, including use of sine bars
  • Height gages
  • Optical comparators
  • CMM

Prerequisites: A minimum 10th grade reading and math skills, experience/familiarity with print reading is helpful.

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course, however, the following book is recommended: Ultimate GD&T Pocket Guide: Based on ASME Y14.5-2009 Ring Bound-2009, by Alex Krulikowski.
Note: The college's Viking Cove Bookstore will not have this guide. Students will need to purchase this guide on their own. Approximate cost is less than $20.

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $420

Inventor® - Introduction
30 hours, 3.0 CEUs, Non-Credit
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Mechanical design is more than parametric modeling! Autodesk Inventor® mechanical design and 3D CAD software offers professional-grade 3D mechanical design, documentation and product simulation tools. Autodesk Inventor® is used by professionals across many industries to help close the gap between design, engineering and manufacturing.

Often, Autodesk Inventor® users don't have the time to learn productivity tools and shortcuts on their own. Let the Workforce Development Institute help make you a faster, better drafter!

This introductory course includes the following critical topics:

  • Background basics, including parametric modeling basics, files and file management
  • How to use the software interface, its toolbars, file types support, modeling navigation, saving and filing
  • Drawing functions such as sketches and specific features, model dimensioning, boolean commands, basic solids from extrusion and revolution, basic solids from sweeping and blending (lofting)
  • Drawing aids, including patterns, relations and reference geometry
  • Assemblies, including mating components, inserting parts and exploded assemblies

Pre-requisites: Minimum 10th grade reading and math skill levels; computer skills, including familiarity navigating the Windows operating system.

Textbook: Autodesk Inventor® 2016 and Engineering Graphics: An Integrated Approach by Randy Shih from SDC Publications. Available in standard text or E-Book.

Location: 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy OR Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $625

Introduction to Revit® Revit® - Introduction
30 hours, 3 CEUs, Non-Credit
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Approved for VA Education Training Benefits! This course is approved for VA Education Training Benefits!

Introduction to Revit® offers students intensified training in 3D computer-aided drafting (CAD), and building information modeling (BIM), using Autodesk® Revit®.

The course provides students with an overview of Revit® software, focusing on light commercial project applications.  This training is ideal for individuals/firms interested in updating or switching from 2D CAD to 3D and BIM.

Students will participate in the following activities:

  • Producing 2D and 3D drawings
  • Importing AutoCAD drawings and images into Revit®
  • Understanding how Revit® helps with conflict avoidance of beams, pipes and HVAC ductwork before construction.
  • Demonstrating Revit® plotting and sheets
  • Creating/customizing title blocks
  • Demonstrating advanced Revit® commands to create custom components (doors, windows, casework), walls and roofs.
  • Completing presentation and working drawings.

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th-grade reading and math skills; computer skills, including familiarity with navigating the Windows operating system.

Textbook (Optional): Approx. $60, Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015: No Experience Required, by Eric Wing.

Location: 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy OR Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $625

Introduction to Revit® Revit® - Intermediate
30 hours, 3 CEUs, Non-Credit
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Approved for VA Education Training Benefits! This course is approved for VA Education Training Benefits!

Improve your skills with this newly created intermediate-level course, which is a continuation of Introduction to Revit®! Pick-up where you left off and learn important topics such as: creating office templates, custom titleblocks, presentation drawings and the collaboration features available in Revit® Architecture 2015.

You will have the opportunity to work together with other students on a small commercial project. Not as fast-paced as the introductory course, this intermediate course will focus more on the daily office environment use of Revit®, so students can immediately apply what is learned in class to their workplace.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to manipulate through Revit®, using intermediate skills to develop a set of construction documents.

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade reading and math skills, computer skills, including Windows operating system, Introduction to Revit® or basic Revit® use/knowledge.

Textbook (Optional): Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2015: No Experience Required, by Eric Wing; approximately $60.

Location:400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy OR Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $625

Parametric Modeling with SolidWorks 2015, by Randy Shih and Paul Schilling SolidWorks® - Introduction
30 hours, 3 CEUs, Non-Credit
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Introduction to SolidWorks® offers students training in Windows-based 3D mechanical computer-aided drafting (CAD), using parametric modeling.

Course content includes:

  • Background Basics: Parametric modeling basics, files and file management
  • Software Interface: Toolbars and workspaces, file type support, modeling navigation and information, saving and filing
  • Drawing: Sketches, features, model dimensioning, Boolean commands
  • Display Controls: Zoom, pan, orientation, display style
  • Editing: Trim, sketch access, feature access
  • Drawing Aids: Patterns, relations, reference geometry
  • Assemblies: Mating components, inserting parts, exploded assemblies

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th-grade reading and math skills; computer skills, including familiarity with navigating the Windows operating system.

Textbook: Approx. $60, Parametric Modeling with SolidWorks 2015, by Randy Shih and Paul Schilling.

Location: 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy OR Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $625