Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CADD 100
Course Title:
Drafting Orientation
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Course Description

Introduces product lines and manufacturing operations through visual media or facility tours, to become familiar with working conditions, with a possibility to converse with employees. Covers fundamentals of technical report writing, memos, resume development, internet research of technical products related to drafting and design, American National Standards Institute drafting practices and terminology. Introduces file management using Windows and PCC campus specific protocols. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Create an industry specific resume.
2. Create a professional and industry appropriate technical report.
3. Develop a Bill Of Materials according to industry standards

Course Activities and Design

A number of class sessions will involve guest speaker(s) and/or tours of facilities. Students will have the opportunity to observe technical drawings, product samples and sales materials. Industry representatives will provide orientation sessions and ample opportunity for student questions.
The remaining class sessions will be devoted to the development of technical reports and memos, resume writing, internet research, and participation in discussions with industry representatives.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have satisfactorily accomplished the goals and objectives listed in this Course Content Guide, including;

  1. Participation in the various manufacturing tours as scheduled during the course.
  2. Generate technical reports and memos as required by the drafting industry.
  3. Complete a personal resume suitable for submission to a potential employer.
  4. Engage in internet activities that explore and define the world of drafting and design.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation procedures and grading criteria will be discussed during the first class meeting. Individual and classroom discussion, written reports, attendance and participation may be used to assess outcomes. 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1.0 Local representatives from industry

  1. Students will experience industry representatives on campus.
    1. The students will observe industry standard drawings.
    2. The students will observe product line parts and the drawings needed to describe these parts.
    3. The students will have the opportunity to ask questions during, and after, the presentation.

2.0 Students will participate in manufacturing facility tours

  1. Students will observe the actual drafting job environment.
    1. Students will experience the chronological sequence from design, drafting (with CAD), through manufacturing.
    2. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the tour(s).

3.0 Technical documents, Resumes, and Internet Research

A.    Students will produce technical documents including basic reports and office memos.

B.    Students will create a personal resume suitable for submission to a potential employer.

C.    Students will engage in internet activities that explore the world of drafting and design.