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

Mechanical Computer-Aided Design, COP

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Computer-aided design (CAD) is a fundamental design and manufacturing tool which can be found throughout the technical job market. Students wishing to transfer to a university engineering program or build a career in computer modeling, gain valuable real-world experience in Irvine Valley College CAD courses. The mechanical computer aided design certificate of proficiency is designed to give students a basic understanding of the terminology, methods, and analytical techniques which are used in the design and manufacture of mechanical parts and assemblies. By offering field specific introductory and intermediate level CAD classes, the Mechanical CAD Certificate of Proficiency provides working professionals and students with an opportunity to gain profitable skills with multiple software platforms in a relatively short amount of time. By completing any one of the available certificates, students ensure a high level of competency within the technology while developing a strong foundation for their professional advancement.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Create industry standard ANSI and ISO standard drawing sets with all necessary layers, dimensions, and callouts using industry standard CAD software platforms.
  • Develop a working knowledge of manufacturing, mechanical processes, and materials of construction used in in modern design in order to efficiently discuss and draft concepts for a common manufactured part or assembly.
  • Measure and model physical 3D parts and assembly wand document key information which can be used to create full working drawing sets to industry standards, analyze 3D model geometry, and simulate processes or conditions with real-world variables.
  • Successful completion of certification exams for specific software platforms used in courses which require design, engineering, or manufacturing training.

Total Units Required: 14

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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