CAD Computer Aided Draughting & Design

This course is for people who wish to pursue careers as CAD technicians. It offers participants the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and competencies in 2D and 3D computer aided draughting and design. CAD technicians need to have an eye for detail and an aptitude for maths, drawing and computer skills. Course participants must have passed technical drawing and maths in the Leaving Certificate or have achieved an equivalent level of relevant industrial experience or training.

  • Induction – State the planned outcomes and conditions attached to the course; apply good safety, health and hygiene practices; state the basic principles involved in environmental issues and explain the meaning of equal opportunities.
  • Two Dimensional Computer Aided Design* – Use computer aided design software to produce, edit and plot accurate, fully dimensioned 2D drawings for a wide range of technical disciplines such as architecture, engineering and product design.
  • 3D CAD* – Use computer aided design software to produce, edit and plot accurate, fully dimensioned 3D drawings for a wide range of technical disciplines such as architecture, engineering and product design.
  • CAD Project – Create a fully completed set of technical drawings and data for a project using 2D and/or 3D CAD techniques within a specific technical discipline.
  • Advanced Project – Set-up and use an advanced 3D CAD system to create a 3D model within a specific technical discipline, e.g. mechanical design or building construction.
  • Career Planning and Job Seeking Skills – Plan and achieve realistic employment and career goals.
  • In-Company – Work independently, while under general supervision, in an organisation or specific vocational context related to CAD and carry out vocationally related CAD tasks over a period of time.
  • Cad System Justification, Installation and Configuration – Assess a target company’s CAD requirements and devise and implement a CAD strategy for the company.

This is a full-time course of 32 weeks duration. It includes 4 full weeks of work placement in a company. A number of training methods are used to deliver the course. These include instructions, presentations, demonstrations, supervised practice, practical work training, discussion groups, role plays, and giving and receiving feedback. Participants are required to actively participate in the learning process and, when necessary, to engage in course work outside of normal course hours. They must complete a number of 2D and 3D assignments throughout the course and keep an up-to-date record and portfolio of their progress. The participants must undertaking multi-choice exams and produce 2D and 3D drawings as part of the assessment process.

  • Reached the statutory school leaving age.
  • Leaving Certificate standard of education with a pass in a technical drawing subject and maths or an equivalent level of relevant industrial experience or training.
  • Good computer skills, including file management, word-processing and spreadsheets.
  • Good spatial aptitude and form perception.
  • Good numerical and literacy skills.
  • A good standard of written and spoken English.
  • Competency in performing conventional draughting tasks.
  • Previous relevant technical design or manual draughting experience is desirable.

CAD technicians are employed by companies and organisations in various sectors, e.g. construction, structural and mechanical engineering, manufacturing, local authorities and architectural consultants. They generally work as part of an engineering, design or development team to produce the detailed 2D drawings and 3D models required at the various stages of a project’s design and implementation. They work closely with engineers, technicians, suppliers, quantity surveyors and clients.