Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
BCT 105
Course Title:
Vectorworks for Constructors
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Course Description

Learn to create 2D architectural working drawing using VectorWorks CAD based software. A building blocks approach will be used to help learners develop the skills and vocabulary necessary to generate their own working drawings. Suitable for both MAC and Windows operating systems. Recommended: Blueprint reading and basic computer skills. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • To draw working drawings for remodel and cabinet projects using VectorWorks CAD software.
  • To interpret site gathered information needed for working drawings.
  • To print VectorWorks drawings on DeskJet printers and plotters.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Students will redraw a floor plan and elevation provided by instructor.
  • Students will complete chapter homework from text
  • Students will complete 3 additional drawings including a base cabinet, a Chambered Nautilus and an approved student selected drawing.
  • Students will complete three VectorWorks vocabulary and shortcuts quizzes.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts and Issues:

  • Basic drafting principles
  • The VectorWorks environment
  • Drawing templates
  • The VectorWorks drawing environment
  • VectorWorks templates
  • Dimensioning
  • Notes, and Specifications (Text)
  • Creating objects
  • Creating symbols
  • Walls, floors, roofs and stairs
  • Printing VectoWorks files

Process Skills:

  • Computer skills
  • Critical thinking 
  • Computer vocabulary
  • Architectural vocabulary
  • Computer shortcuts
  • Construction mathematics
  • Visualization
  • Memorization