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Drafting Certification


Credential: Certificate

The purpose of our Drafting Certificate program is to provide more than basic Architectural and Mechanical Drafting Skills. Our students will receive the skills to create complete Residential Construction, Survey, and Mechanical / Machine drawings. Subjects include drafting practices, and CAD software. Students are taught by a professional General Draftsman who has over 39 years drafting experience.


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CAD Resources / Re: AutoCAD 14 in Windows 7
« Last post by Tim on September 05, 2019, 06:37:58 AM »
Bumping the thread.
CAD Forum Discussions / Re: new version Draftsight 2018 SP2 crashing?
« Last post by paystreak on July 20, 2018, 11:40:20 AM »
Yes, and it's hard to understand why. Anyway, I'm waiting for 2018 SP3 to try again. I guess they have new builds
but it's not really posted with the download. I'll just wait for a while. "Stuck" , using Autocad for now. It means driving out to school. A weird thing, started a drawing with Draftsight, then switched to Autocad because of the problems,
now Autocad behaves badly. Lines drawn become hidden lines for some reason. I should have started from scratch.
I looked at Qcad, but it works differently than Autocad or Draftsight.
best wishes,
CAD Forum Discussions / Re: new version Draftsight 2018 SP2 crashing?
« Last post by Tim on July 01, 2018, 10:49:27 AM »
So many times when they try to improve, they break it.
CAD Forum Discussions / new version Draftsight 2018 SP2 crashing?
« Last post by paystreak on May 16, 2018, 07:48:15 PM »
Anyone having problems with the new version of Draftsight? It's crashing alot on me, just doing simple things. Wished I never installed it. Thought the new version had the drafting and annotation ribbon like Autocad but that's only for the professional paid version. I may end up using Autocad for the course as I have access to it at school. Not sure when I'll take the course but definitely want to. School teaches mostly mechanical drafting, some arch, but not enough to do complete house plans. And it's difficult to get example plans. The building depts here want freedom of information forms filled out to get building plans and if the blueprints have an architects stamp, they won't let you look at them. Anyway, I'm pretty disappointed in the new version of DS. Older version seemed to work just fine.
CAD Forum Discussions / Draftsight videos on Youtube
« Last post by paystreak on May 01, 2018, 08:03:54 PM »
There is a very good set of tutorials for Draftsight on Youtube here:


Bradley is a high school teacher. These are older videos but still useful.
The book he is using is Introduction to Autocad 2008 by Shrock.
These videos helped me alot when I was just starting.

General Discussion / Re: Checking who's still taking their courses
« Last post by CaptainTidy on August 12, 2017, 09:29:43 PM »
I'm about to start the courses even though I signed up a long time ago! :D
CAD Forum Discussions / Architectural Scales
« Last post by Tim on July 30, 2017, 09:31:22 AM »
In order that the dimensions of an object can be read with any accuracy, it's best to make a drawing to a certain scale, which in the case of house or commercial building plans is usually 1/4" = 1'-0". This means that every quarter inch of the drawing is considered to be one foot in actual construction, and every 1/8th of an inch will represent six inches. When referring to the dimensions of a drawing it's usually customary to show only the real or full size dimensions of the object, regardless of the smaller size that it may be necessary to create the drawing on paper. If we don't do this, we may wind up with a bunch of confusion.

The size of the scale is the choice of the drafter, or the size of the paper that the drawing has to be drawn on. In architectural work scales of 1/4" = 1'-0" and 1/8" = 1'-0" are commonly used for the construction plans of buildings, while other scales such as 1/2" = 1'-0". and 3" = 1'-0" are used for parts which require a more complete visible clarity. These drawings are known as details.

Special measuring instruments known as Architects or Engineers scales are made with graduated divisions to indicate the several scales used. These instruments, or scales, are not absolutely necessary, as any scale divided into sixteenths of an inch may be used for a variety of scales by a little mental effort in conceiving one or more of its divisions as representing the desired unit for the reduced scale. It's just easier to use a scale made to read these reduced dimensions.
CAD Resources / Using the UCS icon in a 2d drawing
« Last post by Tim on July 13, 2017, 09:31:30 AM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL21994F509" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL21994F509</a>
General Discussion / Re: Apprenticeship Training
« Last post by Skribblez on June 29, 2017, 11:10:13 PM »
This is EXACTLY what I have been searching for!! Thank you so much!

I will be doing all of my assignments with an "Old School" Drafting Board  :o and also in the "DraftSight (c)" program. Double Duty.  ;)
General Discussion / Re: Checking who's still taking their courses
« Last post by Skribblez on June 29, 2017, 11:03:14 PM »
Hi Tim!!

I just started... So, of course, I'm still taking the course...lol ;)

I'm learning DraftSight (c), too!
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