The IVC Drafting Program is designed to help students gain computer-aided design skills that are in demand across a wide array of technical fields including engineering, architectural design, and land development.  In as little as one semester, students can learn the fundamentals of an industry standard CAD program and can greatly enhance their existing skillsets or gain access to a diverse job market with outstanding opportunities for long term growth.

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The IVC Drafting Program is designed to assist students in developing computer-aided design (CAD) skills for businesses involving manufacturing, construction, testing and design. Students receive advanced training on industry standard CAD programs such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Inventor, Revit, and Civil3D.  Additional instruction is provided covering basic terminology, object identification, and modern business practices. Students are typically provided with free educational versions of software programs for home use and certification exams are available both online and through our testing center.  Professions which utilize computer-aided drafting skills include mechanical engineering, civil engineering and land development, electrical drafting, and architectural drafting with building information modeling (BIM).

Program Length

The average time to completion for our Certificate of Achievement Award or AS Degree is approximately 4 semesters, or two years.

The average time to completion for one of our Certificates of Proficiency is approximately 3 semesters, or 18 months.

Transfer Options

The IVC drafting certificates have been designed to allow students to not only develop employable drafting skills, but prepare for university transfer as well.  All courses within the Drafting Program maintain articulation agreements with our university partners, including UC Irvine, CalPoly Pomona, and Cal State Fullerton.  Additionally, all drafting certificates contain a significant number of transferable engineering courses.  This flexible design creates a direct pathway for students who wish to use their drafting courses as a foundation for completing our Engineering AS Degree and then transfer into a university engineering program. 

Program Specific Support

Students enrolled in the Drafting Program enjoy a wide array of instructional services and benefits.  All classes are currently offered within the dedicated learning facility at the ATEP campus where students have access to three advanced computer labs, a full machine shop, a wide array of highly advanced pieces of equipment, and dedicated faculty and staff members who specialize in STEM based education.  Additionally, students who are interested in transfer programs will find that the college has one of the first dedicated transfer agreements in California through the IVC-UCI Engineering Academy.

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Your success is our priority! Whether you are just starting, in the middle of, or completing your time at IVC, we have a team of people in your corner to help keep you on-track to reach your goals at IVC and beyond! 

Coming Soon: Completion Teams to get students from start to goal! Look for your team beginning fall 2021!

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Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
Communication/ThinkingCommunication/Analytical Thinking GE Course1B3-4
ENGR 21Introduction to Engineering and TechnologyMajor1
DR 50Introduction to Computer-Aided DraftingMajor3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)Major3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
ENGR 23Engineering Graphics and Descriptive GeometryMajor3
ENGR 7Introduction to Engineering MethodsMajor4
MATH 2 or Math 3APre-Calculus or Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1C & Major5
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
CHEM 1A General Chemistry I25
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
DR 103Introduction to Architectural DraftingMajor3
ENGR 83Computer-Aided Design TechniquesMajor3
Physics 4A General Physics25
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE Course43
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
DR 52 or ENGR 25Engineering Drawing and Design or Civil3D CADMajor3
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course33
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)Major3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)Major3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Ethnic Studies requirement for the AS degree.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
DR 50Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting3
ENGR 21Introduction to Engineering and Technology1
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ENGR 23Engineering Graphics and Descriptive Geometry3
ENGR 7Introduction to Engineering Methods4
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
DR 103Introduction to Architectural Drafting3
ENGR 83Computer-Aided Design Techniques3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
DR 52 or ENGR 25Engineering Drawing and Design or Civil3D CAD3

Note: This sample academic plan shows additional units for this certificate as compared to the IVC catalog due to prerequisite requirements.    

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ENGR 21Introduction to Engineering and Technology1
ENGR 23Engineering Graphics and Descriptive Geometry3
DR 103Introduction to Architectural Drafting3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ENGR 253D Civil Computer-Aided Design3
GEOG 12Introduction to Geographic Information Systems2
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ENGR 21Introduction to Engineering and Technology1
DR 50Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting3
DR 52Engineering Drawing and Design3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ENGR 7Introduction to Engineering Methods4
ENGR 83Computer-Aided Design Techniques3
  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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