Technical Design with CAD 2D/3D

Noroff Online Studies

Program Description

Technical Design with CAD 2D/3D

Noroff Online Studies

Would you like to work with CAD modelling? As a CAD operator you work on modelling and drawing structures such as buildings, products, or mechanical devices. You work in teams with architects and engineers who are responsible for drafting solutions and calculations.

A specialist field in growth

Technical Design with CAD (Computer Assisted Design) is a living specialized field that demands that you comprehend both software and the technological knowhow. There is a huge shift in the industry going from 2-dimensional (2D) drawings and into 3-dimensional (3D) models, especially in regards to Architectural and Mechanical designs. Mechanical constructors and architects are large consumers of the digital tools used for drawings and visualizations. The need for efficient and competent CAD-operators is ever growing and expanding as a result. We co-operate with some of the world’s biggest distributor of construction software – Autodesk. The course teaches the following Autodesk software: AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit and 3Ds Max.

Learning outcomes Many of our students partake in this course as a supplement to an existing career, some take advantage of a slow job marked to develop new skills, while others get an advantage for further studies within architectural- or engineer degrees. Students coming from secondary schools, such as carpentry, may transfer their knowledge further into construction, a mechanic or welder may want to pursue a career in mechanical design or even offshore.

Technical design with CAD comprise both architectural- and mechanical construction, this way you can choose the path that is best for you.

Thanks to new tools and techniques provided in this course the divider between architectural and mechanical is not that wide apart as it once was. Especially in regards to urban business premises where constructions consist of multiple elements like various steel constructions, lifts, air-condition vents, stairs of varying building materials and much more. Everything has to be planned, designed, and technically drawn, to be functional in conjunction with the foundation, supports and walls.

The course gives knowledge on technical drawing initiation, 2D drafting, 3D modeling and aims for realistic visualizations. We provide a thorough education on the major aspects of these fields using advanced tools and best practice techniques and experiences.

The first semester introduces you to the understanding of technical drawings through 2D drafting and basic 3D models, and finally visualizing your own scene using a combination of the key techniques you’ve learned with AutoCAD and 3Ds Max. The next semester deals with more advanced techniques in 3D construction, and development of visualizations with Revit, Inventor and 3Ds Max. The result is highly accurate models and drawings in photo real presentations.

First Semester

  • 2D Basics
  • Setup and Edit
  • Technical Drawing
  • 3D Basics
  • 3D Modeling
  • Co-operation 1
  • Visualization
  • Image Processing
  • First Semester Exam

Second Semester

  • Parts and Assembly I
  • Assembly II and Drawing
  • Co-operation 2
  • Animation
  • BIM-Modeling
  • BIM-Documentation
  • BIM-Visualization
  • Second Semester Exam

Work opportunities

There is a constant demand for dedicated CAD-operators in the mechanical and electrical aspects of the machine- / oil industry, at the same time the expanse and needs for architectural designers are peeking. As a CAD-operator you are mostly likely working in teams together with architects and engineers, you might be the one in charge of the digital properties of the on-going projects; constructing and updating models, drawings etc.

During the four week final exam period, you can co-operate with a company on a “live” project. This has for many previous students sprung open the doors to the industry. The feedback received from the coalition partners involved has been astonishingly positive.

Admission requirements

Three-year upper secondary education or a vocational education certificate.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 18, 2016
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1 year
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54,750 NOK
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