What you will learn
- Technical drafting software: AutoCAD, Autodesk, Tekla Structures
- Drafting terminology, conventions, and annotation
- Drawing from data, designs, and/or specifications
- Technical mathematics
- Construction site safety
- 3D and building information modelling (BIM)
- Orthographic projection
- Sectioning and dimensioning
- Auxiliary view
- Machine detailing
- Canadian building codes and steel construction standards
- Structural steel fabrication and arrangement
- On-site installation
- Bolting and welding
- Structural steel square framing
- Metal guardrails, handrails, platforms, and flooring
- Trusses and truss geometry
- Structural stress and load reversal
- Critical thinking
- Team building
- Interpersonal communication
- Technical communications
- Portfolio development
- Résumés and application letters
- Job-search skills and interviews
What to expect
- 10 months of full-time study
- Classes Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Project-based learning
- Laboratory work
- Individual projects
- Theory examinations
- Practical/drawing assessments
- Opportunity to advance into a CAD and BIM Technician diploma program*
*Upon completing the 10-month Civil/Structural Technician Certificate, students may earn a CAD and BIM Technician diploma by completing Terms 2 and 3 (8 months) of a second drafting specialty: Architectural or Civil/Structural.
- Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
- English Language Proficiency at a grade 12 level or CLB/CLBPT Listening 8, Speaking 7, Reading 8, and Writing 7
- Knowledge of mathematics demonstrated by one of the following:
- Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 or equivalent, or
- VCC Math Assessment with 80% Basic Arithmetic and 72% Basic Algebra
- Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement may be admitted at the discretion of the Department
- Applicants who have met all the above requirements and have completed high school Drafting 11 and 12 may, with Departmental approval, apply for direct entry into Level 2 of the program.
- Applicants who have met the above requirements and completed Drafting 11 and 12 in high school can apply for direct entry into Level 2 of the program.
- VCC CAD Citation graduates may insert into level 2 of the program.
- For assistance with meeting the entrance requirements, please contact Advising Services to schedule an appointment with an Advisor.
- Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
- International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
- All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.
- Excellent English communication skills.
- Working knowledge of Windows OS is strongly recommended.
- Good mathematical and mechanical comprehension.
- Ability to work in imperial and metric units of measurement.
- General good health, good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.
- Successful work habits and an ability to work well with others.
- Logical reasoning and an ability to visualize objects.
- Interest in all aspects of architecture, engineering, general construction and related fields.
Program general hours
The classes usually run from Monday to Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Class times are subject to change.
|DRFT 1010||CAD Drafting Fundamentals||4|
|DRFT 1011||CAD Drafting Applied||3|
|DRFT 1012||Office & Construct Site Safety||1|
|DRFT 1013||Construction Mathematics||1|
|DRFT 1290||Struct Steel Fab Codes & Stand||1|
|DRFT 1291||Introduction to Steel Detail||1|
|DRFT 1292||Structural Bolting & Welding||1|
|DRFT 1293||Indust & Comm Basic Framing||4|
|DRFT 1294||Connection & Layout Geometry||2|
|DRFT 1295||Detail of Inclined Components||4|
|DRFT 1296||Miscellaneous Metals Detailing||2|
|DRFT 1380||CAD 3D and Assemblies||2|
|DRFT 1391||Introduction to BIM Software||3|
|DRFT 1392||Working with BIM Software||3|
|DRFT 1370||Technical Communications||1|
|DRFT 1393||Heavy Structural Steel Framing||4.5|
|DRFT 1326||Job Search Skills||0.5|
|DRFT 1352||Steel Trusses||2|
This guide is intended as a general guideline only. The college reserves the right to make changes as appropriate.
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
|Fee description||Fee Amount||Notes|
0 - 1
0 - 2
0 - 3
0 - 4
|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||280|
|Program specific extra fees||0|
* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Fees listed are for international students. For domestic programs, visit vcc.ca.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's international refund policy.