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    Jun 08, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Civil Computer-Aided Design, COP

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Civil computer aided design (CAD) is a rapidly growing segment of the technical job market. This certificate of proficiency is designed specifically to meet the needs of students wishing to transfer to a university civil or environmental engineering program or build a career in the lucrative civil computer-aided drafting field. The civil computer aided design certificate of proficiency is designed to give students a basic understanding of the terminology, methods, and analytical techniques which are required to accurately analyze survey data, model topography in 3D, edit and design civil structures, and draft architectural site plans. By completing this certificate of proficiency, students will be able to better meet both short- and long-term employment needs in several fields related to land development. The revised courses on the civil CAD certificate are highly articulated to UC, CSU, and Cal Poly university courses and they are all structured to build a high degree of competency in this lucrative field.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Students will be prepared for employment in the civil computer-aided design field by exhibiting fluency with industry standard drafting programs. Specific skills will include the ability to import and export raw topographic data, construct, or import architectural objects, model 3D surfaces, add parcels and other basic land development features to terrain, and drafting working sets of drawings to industry standards in both 2D and 3D format.
  • Students will be prepared to for employment in the civil CAD field and display standard working knowledge of terms and practices which are employed in the civil project management and drafting fields.
  • Successful completion of certification exams for specific software platforms used in courses which require knowledge of civil engineering and land management practices.

Total Units Required: 12

To earn the certificate of proficiency:

See Earning a Certificate  for certificate information and requirements.


See an IVC counselor for course substitution if a course is not available.

Third-party credentialing:

Third-party credentialing may be subject to change without notice. This information is accurate as of the publication date of this catalog. For the most current information, please consult with the area dean.

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