Civil drafting courses prepare students to use computer-aided drafting (CAD) programs to make maps for projects in construction and civil engineering. These courses are normally taken as part of a full certificate or degree program.
Civil drafting courses are commonly offered within the curriculum of a computer-aided drafting (CAD) or civil and architectural drafting certificate or associate’s degree program at a community college or technical institute. Both of these programs meet the educational requirements for working as a civil drafter and can be completed in two years or less. Students may also attend a 4-year school to pursue a more comprehensive bachelor’s degree in drafting with a concentration in civil drafting. Some schools offer fully online programs.
Programs often include hands-on lab experience with the hardware and computer software drafters utilize in the workplace. Students may also receive training in traditional drafting and 3-D modelling. Civil drafting programs may also incorporate seminars, a final project and an intern ship. Graduates may go on to pursue civil drafting certification from the American Design Drafting Association.
Here are some common concepts taught in civil drafting courses:
- Fundamentals of CAD and Revit software
- Roadway design
- Reading blueprints
- Plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems design
- Drawing floor and foundation plans
Civil CAD Course
Once students have gained a general understanding of CAD software, they learn how it can be specifically applied to civil drafting projects. They use surveyed data to develop civil design drawings, including plan and profile cross-sections, flat and topographic maps, and subdivision maps. Those who complete this civil drafting course come away with a finished set of drawings.
Advanced Civil Drafting Course
This class expands upon the civil modelling concepts taught in lower-level CAD courses. Students learn how to design roadway vertical and horizontal alignments, grade lines, profiles, side slopes and other elements. Industry-standard software is used to create profile and plan drawings of subdivisions, parcel maps and other designs. In addition to cut and fill calculations, grading plan design and data query, this courses covers the development of topographic maps from converted point files.
GenCor CAD Training Center
Civil Drafting Training Institute, Patna, Bihar