Computer Aided Design and Drafting

Program Details

Interested in enrolling in LBCC’s CADD program? Here are some details you’ll need to know.

Recommended Prerequisites

All CADD students planning to complete this program within a two-year period are advised to have a ninth-grade reading level and be prepared to take math classes, leading to MTH 095 Intermediate Algebra. Several CADD courses require math skills.

Timing Your Courses

While LBCC’s general education courses are often available in the evenings, most technical courses are offered only during the day.

Students may attend on a part-time basis or start in the fall with little difficulty, but if you’re starting full-time coursework during the winter, spring, or summer terms, you may encounter some difficulty in scheduling sequence courses with prerequisites.

Many of the technical courses must be taken in a sequential order beginning fall term.


This software program allows students to learn the fundamentals of parametric solids through advanced modeling of features, lofts and extrusions. From there, students progress into advanced assemblies, drawing creation, stress analysis, animation and more.

Teamwork is key in the work environment, and students collaborate in groups to create solutions to engineering problems. These teams simulate the work environment from design, documentation and production of parts through finished assemblies and products.

It's not all hard work, though! A few examples of past team projects include:

  • Pinewood Derby specification cars that are raced
  • HO scale train bridges that are load tested
  • Desktop trebuchets

The program culminates in a ten-week remote-controlled robotic project, where student-designed robots compete in friendly games.

All team projects are produced using state-of-the-art 3D printing and Rapid Prototyping equipment.

3D Printers

Our printers take an STL file of a 3D solid model and will print the model as a solid object. The process is additive, adding layer upon layer of material to produce the finished piece.

Typical print times are a couple hours.

The printers are used to simulate a manufacturing experience in class, design through production. Students use the 3D printers to make anything from hanging Christmas decorations to robots. If we can imagine it, we can make it!


There are two options for AutoCAD at LBCC. The first is a single class that covers the basics, called Introduction to CAD. This class is offered fall and spring terms at night, and everyone is welcome to attend. Sign up early, as this class fills quickly. The second AutoCAD option is the degree option for CADD.

Students working toward the degree begin with a basic hand-drafting class. When you’re learning what a drawing is and what good presentation should look like, it’s important not to let technology get in the way, so we have an old-fashioned drafting class for this. This course goes hand-in-hand with the CAD I class where the basics of AutoCAD are taught and the drafting is applied to the computer environment. Professional drawing presentation to industry standards is fully covered as well as effective and efficient use of AutoCAD.

We begin with simple single-view drawings and progress into advanced single-part drawings, assemblies, Paper Space, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, and conclude in 3D AutoCAD.

Professional drafters use AutoCAD in multiple disciplines including mechanical, architecture, civil, structural, and electrical drawings as well as customizing the AutoCAD environment for better productivity.

For more information about the program email Perry Carmichael at