What you will learn
Graduates of this program will develop the Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) skills gained in two specialty areas.
During their first year, they will develop skills in Architectural, Civil/Structural, Mechanical or Steel Construction Modelling with Steel Detailing. Students will further develop their skills by adding an additional specialty of Architectural, Mechanical or Civil/Structural in Year 2.
Graduates will be well prepared to work as team members on a wide variety of projects, examples of which are:
- Residential housing developments, commercial buildings and institutional complexes.
- A wide variety of steel and concrete structures including schools, sports stadiums, bridges, commercial buildings and high-rise offices.
- And highway construction and subdivision development work.
- A wide variety of mechanical applications in the mining industry, chemical process plants, energy infrastructure, oil and gas, as well as mechanical systems for buildings and development work.
Graduates will apply qualifications from two disciplines to become more competitive in the job market and adaptive in the workplace.
Students receive a CAD and BIM Technician Diploma upon successful completion of the program.
These are the program's four specialty areas (students must complete two of these programs to obtain the Diploma).
Architectural Technician certificate:
- Use concepts of building construction and technology to plan and detail residential and commercial buildings in accordance with local by-laws and the BC Building Code.
- Prepare Architectural drawings of residential and commercial structures, which incorporate concrete, steel and wood.
Civil/Structural Technician certificate:
- Apply concepts of civil technology and planning to produce drawings and three dimensional models for the development of a civil site.
- Use structural engineering theories and BIM practices to prepare engineering drawings for three-dimensional models of structures, which incorporate reinforced concrete and structural steel.
Steel Construction Modelling Technician certificate (available first year only):
- Utilize data from current building codes and fabrication standards to develop practical connections between components that are code-compliant and practical to fabricate and install on site.
- Use structural engineering drawings and specifications to prepare three-dimensional models of structures that utilize structural steel.
- Employ current Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) and three-dimensional modelling systems as a tool to produce structural steel fabrication and arrangement drawings from data, designs and/or specifications.
Mechanical Engineer Technician certificate:
- Apply concepts of building construction and technology to plan and detail mechanical systems for commercial and industrial facilities in accordance with local by-laws and the BC Building Code.
- Utilize concepts of mechanical and process technology and planning to produce drawings and 3D models of industrial facilities.
- Employ mechanical engineering theories and BIM practices to prepare engineering drawings from 3D models that incorporate mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems in building structures.
Upon successful completion of the second year of this program, students will be able to:
- Apply Integrated Design Process (IDP) to integrate people systems and practices into a process to reduce waste and optimize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication and construction.
- Employ current Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) and three-dimensional modelling systems as a tool to produce drawings from data, designs and/or specifications.
- Apply terminology and conventions used in a project design team.
- Integrate a variety of CAD models for each discipline into a complete final model using CAD drafting, 3D BIM, and related trade skills and knowledge.
- Prepare a comprehensive professional portfolio.
- Contribute as part of a multidisciplinary design team.
- Use critical thinking, team building and interpersonal communication skills to work effectively in a team environment.
- Integrate various BIM software to communicate, collaborate and cooperate with a design team.
- Apply the concepts and processes of a second discipline (either Architectural or Civil/Structural), and apply those conceptions in a 3D BIM setting.
- Apply personal reflection and critical thinking to the relation between the program's learning outcomes and the student's individualized learning.
- Communicate effectively and work collaboratively in a design team setting.
What to expect
This program uses project based learning strategies with in-class instructional presentations, blended online delivery, and laboratory work using Autodesk, Trimble, and other software. Students may be required to do assignments at home and lab work outside class time on both theory and individual projects. The program may be offered in face-to-face and blended (combination of face-to-face and online) formats.
- Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
- English Language Proficiency at a grade 12 level
- Knowledge of mathematics demonstrated by one of the following:
- Workplace Mathematics 11 or equivalent, or
- VCC Math Assessment with 80% Basic Arithmetic and 60% Basic Algebra
Applicants may be inserted into Level 4 of the program provided they have:
- Successfully completed VCC's Architectural, Civil/Structural, or Steel Modelling/Steel Detailing Technician Certificate within the last 4 years, or
- Successfully completed a Drafting Technician Certificate (any discipline) at another institution with Department review and approval.
- 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.
- VCC CAD Technician Short Certificate graduates (granted within the last 4 years) may insert into level 2 of the program.
- 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.
- Related work experience
- 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, ability to look at computer screen for long periods of time, and manual dexterity for keyboard/mouse.
- Successful work habits and an ability to work well with others.
- Logical reasoning, spatial ability, and an ability to visualize objects.
- An interest in all aspects of architecture, engineering, general construction and related fields.
Program general hours
Monday to Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The program is 2 years of full-time study. The Diploma is seventy (70) credits: Forty (40) credits of the first year Certificate, and thirty (30) credits of second-year courses to complete the Diploma.
Upon successful completion of the first year of study and the successful completion of forty (40) credits, students may choose to exit the program and receive a Certificate credential in the specialty they completed in the first year: either (i) Architectural Technician Certificate, (ii) Civil/Structural Technician Certificate, (iii) Steel Construction Modelling Technician Certificate, or (iv) Mechanical Engineering Technician Certificate.
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses.
PLAR is available for the following courses:
- DRFT 1010 CAD Drafting Fundamentals
- DRFT 1011 CAD Drafting Applied
- DRFT 1013 Construction Mathematics
Students may complete up to 20% of program credits through PLAR. Tuition and fees may still apply to PLAR candidates.
Methods of PLAR vary by course, and may include exams, portfolios, interviews, and other evaluations.
To request PLAR, please contact the department directly.
|DRFT 1010||CAD Drafting Fundamentals||4|
|DRFT 1011||CAD Drafting Applied||3|
|DRFT 1012||Office & Construct Site Safety||1|
|DRFT 1013||Construction Mathematics||1|
|TERM 2 AND 3||31|
|SELECT YOUR 1ST SPECIALIZATION (Steel Construction Modelling only available in Year 1)|
|Codes and Regulations 1|
|Construction Assemblies 1|
|Single Family Residences|
|Codes and Regulations 2|
|Construction Assemblies 2|
|Multi Family Residences|
|Drawing Plan Reading|
|Job Search Skills|
|Codes and Regulations 3|
|Construction Assemblies 3|
|Commercial Retail Buildings|
|Introduction to 3D and BIM|
|Commercial Layouts Using BIM|
|Construction Drawing Reading|
|Industrial Site Layout|
|Autodesk Civil 3D|
|Road Alignment Detailing|
|Princ for Reinforced Concrete|
|Foundation Design Concepts|
|Job Search Skills|
|Advanced Road Design|
|Civil Utility Services|
|CAD 3D and Assemblies|
|Quantity Take Offs|
|Concrete Slab on Grade Flr Sys|
|Reinforced Concret Struc Comp|
|STEEL CONSTRUCTION MODELLING|
|Struct Steel Fab Codes & Stand|
|Introduction to Steel Detail|
|Structural Bolting & Welding|
|Indust & Comm Basic Framing|
|Connection & Layout Geometry|
|Detail of Inclined Components|
|Miscellaneous Metals Detailing|
|Introduction to BIM Software|
|CAD 3D and Assemblies|
|Working with BIM Software|
|Heavy Structural Steel Framing|
|Job Search Skills|
|Plumbing Systems for Buildings|
|Electrical Systems for Buildings|
|Utility Data and Setting-Up Projects|
|HVAC Systems for Buildings|
|Fire Suppression and Sprinkler Systems for Buildings|
|Process Flow Diagrams and Tank/Pump Box Fabrication|
|Pipe Components: Pipe, Fittings, Valves, Supports and Pumps|
|Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams & Specifications|
|Plant and Equipment Layout|
|Process and Utility Piping Layout|
|Piping Fabrication Isometrics|
|BIM Basic for Mechanical|
|BIM Project for MEP|
|MEP for Pipe Fabrication|
|Piping BIM Project & Specification Setup|
|3D BIM Pipe, Structure, and Equipment Modeling|
|3D BIM Creating Orthographics, Isometrics, and Bills of Material|
|Industrial Building Modeling|
|Mechanical Equipment Modeling and Layout|
|Piping Systems Modeling and Layout|
|DRFT 2100||Integrated BIM Project||9|
|SELECT YOUR 2ND SPECIALIZATION (MUST BE DIFFERENT FROM YOUR FIRST)|
|Diploma Residential Design|
|Diploma Site Planning|
|Diploma Codes and Regulations 1|
|Diploma Construction Assemblies 1|
|Diploma Single Family Residences|
|Diploma Codes and Regulations 2|
|Diploma Construction Assemblies 2|
|Diploma Multi Family Residences|
|Diploma Drawing Plan Reading|
|Diploma Construction Drawing Reading|
|Diploma Industrial Site Layout|
|Diploma Autodesk Civil 3D|
|Diploma Road Alignment Detailing|
|Diploma Steel Structures|
|Diploma Principles of Reinforced Concrete|
|Diploma Foundation Design Concepts|
|Diploma Plumbing Systems for Buildings|
|Diploma Electrical Systems for Buildings|
|Diploma Utility Data and Setting-Up Projects|
|Diploma HVAC Systems for Buildings|
|Diploma Fire Suppression and Sprinkler Systems for Buildings|
|Diploma Process Flow Diagrams and Tank/Pump Box Fabrication|
|Diploma Pipe Components: Pipe, Fittings, Valves, Supports and Pumps|
|Diploma Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams & Specifications|
|Diploma Plant and Equipment Layout|
|Diploma Process and Utility Piping Layout|
|Diploma Piping Fabrication Isometrics|
|DRFT 2107||Capstone Project using BIM||6|
* 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*
Please check the CAD and BIM minimum computer requirements.
Tuition deposits are payable usually within two weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.
|Fee description||Fee Amount||Notes|
0 - 1
0 - 2
0 - 3
0 - 4
|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||550|
|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.
OPEN DATE APPLICATION STATUS*
- Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
- Closed: Applications are not accepted.
- For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
Upon application, students must indicate which first-year specialization they wish to pursue. Students will work with the CAD & BIM Department to confirm the second-year specialization closer to the end of the first year.
- Mechanical Engineering
- Steel Construction Modelling
† Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey