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The Canon City Chapter of the American Design Drafting Association

Design & Drafting I Course Information

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Course Description: Design & Drafting I - is a computer aide design course that gives students the basic CAD, print reading and technical drawing skills necessary for developing working drawings used during Design & Drafting II.  Pre-engineering students find this program useful for developing skills needed during future college or university training.

Prerequisite/Requirements:  Be in Grade 10, Math Level of Geometry, 3.0 GPA, Turn in an Application by the announced deadline.            Costs: $45 for ADDA Dues and Special Materials

Students are often recruited from Geometry class during Grade 9

All three levels of the Design & Drafting Course descriptions are available on the internet at:

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Drafting and drawing are basic to all education.  The earliest efforts of man were first planned or sketched.  The latest up-to-date efforts of mankind are drafted in detail before the first step is taken to construct the item. Computer Drafting and blueprint reading skills are general education, which help youth get ahead in the world of work.


  • Develop skills and knowledge in the drafting and print reading parts

  • Develop an insight into drafting and related occupations

  • Develop accuracy and craftsmanship in computer drafting.

  • Develop desirable work habits and the ability to work cooperatively.

  • Develop an understanding of all kinds of common graphic representations and the ability to express ideas by means of drawings and sketches.

  • Develop individual initiative and responsibilities as a person.

  • Develop an ability to identify problems and design solutions .

  • Stimulate the development of leadership qualities.

  • Develop occupational safety habits and understandings.

  • Develop social responsibilities enabling the student to take his or her place in life and be a worthy and useful citizen.


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 I.  Colorado Department of Education Standards

Math Standard 4.1: Finding and analyzing relationships among geometric figures using transformations such as reflections, translations, rotations, dilations) in coordinate systems.


Science Standard 5: Students know and understand interrelationships among science, technology, and human activity and how they can affect the world.


Art Standard 1:  Students will recognize and use the visual arts as a form of expression and communication.


Art Standard 3: Students will experience and apply various visual arts media and tools to develop techniques and skills.


Technology Standards 1:Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.


Technology Standards 3:   Students are proficient in the use of technology.  Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity. Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.


Technology Standards 5: Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences. Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.


Technology Standards 7:         Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools.  Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions. Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.


II.    Colorado State Vocational Education Standards



Multimedia, Engineering, and Architectural:


The learner demonstrates organizational skills for multimedia project management.


The learner actively participates on a multimedia design team.


The learner develops script and/or text for multi-media, audio visual production.


The learner defines process and produces storyboard including sketching for production of multi-media, audio-visual production.


The learner identifies sources of visuals, sound, and information for multimedia production applications.


The learner demonstrates digital art applications.


The learner demonstrates basic animation skills.


The learner uses appropriate symbols/libraries.


The learner creates a 3-D object.


The learner creates 3-D wire frame models from 2-D geometry.


The learner will utilize editing commands (e.g., trimming, extending scaling).


The learner controls coordinates and display scale.


The learner controls entity properties (e.g., color, line, type).


The learner uses viewing commands (e.g., dynamic rotation, zooming, panning) and display.


The learner plots drawings on media using correct layout and scale.


The learner uses layering techniques.


The learner uses grouping techniques.


The learner uses query commands to integrate database (e.g., entity characteristics, distance, area, status).


The learner uses associative dimensioning correctly.


The learner will identify and demonstrate technical knowledge and skills about the use and care of drafting instruments and equipment materials and supplies.


The learner uses proper drafting symbols and alphabet of lines in accordance with technical standards and practices.


The learner will apply proper lettering techniques.


23. The learner interprets information from drawings, prints, and sketches.


The learner produces and reproduces drawings using modern technical methods for drafting reproduction.


The learner will identify the principal views of an object.

The learner produces detailed assembly drawings.


The learner will design and plan structures.

The learner will produce pilot plans.

The learner produces elevations.

The learner produces sections and details.

The learner produces electrical and plumbing plans.

The learner produces an elevation illustration of a structure.

The learner produces three-view orthographic isometric and oblique drawings.

The learner produces an auxiliary view and sectional.

The learner constructs geometric figures.

The learner produces detailed machine drawings.

The learner produces dimensional floor plan drawings.

The learner creates text using appropriate style and size to annotate drawings.

The learner will use and control accuracy enhancement tools (e.g., entity positioning methods such as snap and XYZ).

Themes within the course/Specific concepts being targeted

Acquiring Employable Computer Graphic Skills

Developing Blue Print Reading Skills

Accuracy and Craftsmanship

Career Awareness

Application of math skills

Application of reading skills

Application of research skills

Application of writing skills

Application of artistic skills



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Unit Modifications/Enrichments:

Assistance to students having difficulty and/or special needs:

Additional Lab time from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Weekdays.

Repeatable video presentations showing the skills to be acquired for most assignments.


Additional experiences for students capable of advanced work: 

Service learning projects within our community such as:

Maps for committees to use

Tutoring or presenting to small groups

Floor plans for the CCFD pre-planning response

Floor plan proposals for building use in our schools

Charts, Logos, Signs and Graphs to support school projects

Learning aids for teachers throughout the Canon City Schools

Sports fields and other site maps for special events

New software research and development

Lesson construction

Symbol library development


Textbook (CORE and Supplemental) (Publisher, Edition, Year Adopted)

Giesecke, Fredrick E., Ivan Leroy Hill, Alva Mitchell and Henry Cecil Spencer.  Technical Drawing.  New York:  Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1994.

Spence, William P.  Architecture.  Bloomingtom, Illinois:  McKnight and Mc Knight, 1996.

Spence, William P.  Architecture - Quizzes and Problems.  Mc Knight and Mc Knight, 1998.

 Media materials used

Instructor made vide stored on the network at:

\\cchs-stu4\cchs-stu4-h\general\chief   not available on the internet site

\\cchs-stu4\cchs-stu4-h\library   not available on the internet site

 Training videos stored on storage shelves:

Auxiliary View - Single Auxiliary.  Mc Graw-Hill Book Co.

Auxiliary Views - Double Auxiliary.  Mc Graw-Hill Book Co.

Oblique Cone Transition Development.  Mc Graw-Hill Book Co.

Orthographic Projection.  Mc Graw-Hill Book Co.

Pictorial Projection.  Mc Graw-Hill Book Co.

Sections and Conventions.  Mc Graw-Hill Book Co.

Shop Procedures.  Mc Graw-Hill Book Co.

Simple Developments.  Mc Graw-Hill Book Co.

Size Description.  Mc Graw-Hill Book Co.


Technology needs:

CAD Lab equipment:

24 -  CAD stations

24 - 17” high res RGB monitors

Filtered Electrical Supply

150 gig shortage on a file server

cchsweb server

Large format HP 800c plotter

11X 17 Color Laser printer

Instructional Net School support software

Cadvance 2005 software


SolidWorks 2010

Corel Suite Software

Rhino 3d Software

Chief Architect 11.0 Software

Microsoft Office 2010

Digital Video Camera

NSTV monitors w/VCR-DVD

Computer wall projector


Other resources (guest speakers, field trips)

Teacher made Videos of field trips taken in our community

Holcim Corporation

Florence Plant

After school hours tour

Available Guest speakers, subjects:                       

      Mr. Dale Boody, Drafting Careers

                  Mr Eugene Valdez, Civil Engineering Careers

                   Mr. Matt Koch, Surveying Techniques and Practices

                   Ms. Christie Sanderfer, Women in Architecture

                   Mr. Bob Hofmann, Computers Engineering Networks

                    Mr. Bob Bush, GIS in Fremont County and the World

                    Mr. Robert Saulmon, 

                    Mr. Brian Rupp, Civil Engineering, Surveying



Publisher Developed:

American Design Drafting Association

Drafter Certification Test $35

Tests and Quizzes, Homework

Decimal Skills Test each 4.5 weeks

( 4 total )

Cad Basic Speed Tests

Instructor Made: Symbol Identification Tests, Mechanical, Threads, Fasteners, Dimensioning, Electrical, Plumbing, Materials, Electronic, Geometric Tolerancing. Sketching Home work assignments, Grade Reports, Classroom Writings

 This semester course is set for 86 class periods

 of 90 minutes each



       A. Windows Operating System

       B.  CAD Terms

       C.  Software Overview

       D.  Menu System

       E.  Lab Procedures


  II.  Office Software


       A. Document Preparation

       B. Spread Sheet Preparation

       C. Presentation Software


 III.  Cad Commands


       A.  Draw Menu

       B.  Edit Menu

       C.  File Handling

       D.  Basic Data Entry Methods

       E.  Introduction To Macros


  IV.  CAD Drawing Orthographic


       A.  Software Drawing Tools

       B.  Dimensioning Tools

       C.  View Projection

       D.  Line analysis

       E.  Attributes

       F.  Curve plotting


   V.  Section views


       A.  Simple sections

       B.  Half sections

       C.  Offset sections

       D.  Broken out

       E.  Conventions

       F.  Full sections

       I.  Assembly sections

       J.  Split sections

       K.  Revolved sections

       L.  Removed sections


  VI.  Auxiliary Drawing


       A.  Practice sketches

       B.  Projections

       C.  Working drawings in CAD


 VII.  Threads and Fasteners


       A.  Schematic

       B.  Simplified

       C.  Detailed

       D.  Nut and Bolt assembly

       E.  Single View Working drawings in CAD



VIII.  Working Drawings


       A.  3 views skill development

       B.  Skill tests


  IX.  Welding Symbols


       A.  Applications

       B.  Oral test


   X.  Architectural Symbols


       A.  Measurement review

       B.  Door symbols

       C.  Window symbols

       D.  Dimensions

       E.  Plan symbols

       F.  Plumbing symbols

       G.  Electrical symbols

       H.  Cross section symbols

       I.  Concrete symbols

       J.  Symbol test


  XI.  Architectural Layout and Design


       A.  Kitchen layout

       B.  Kitchen design

       C.  Kitchen details

       D.  Living room layout

       E.  Living room design

       F.  Bathroom layout

       G.  Bedroom layout

       H.  Garage and shop layout

       I.  Elevation layout



 XII.  Topographical Drawing


       A.  Reading Topo Maps

       B.  Plotting contour lines

       C.  Cross sections graph

       E.  Test layout in CAD



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