Penn Foster Career School offers a hands-on Drafting with AutoCAD (computer-aided design) diploma. Consisting of 10 Instruction Sets, this program includes training in CAD software, drafting equipment and media, Auto CAD commands, and geometric construction and tolerancing. Students begin by learning size and shape description, and software to accompany CAD and drafting programs. Students also learn basic techniques used in sketching. They then move on to orthographic projection, sketching arcs and multi-views, and basic math for drafting.
Dimensioning and correct tolerancing techniques are important to know when drafting. Students learn these skills by drawing the different viewpoints and identifying sectioning techniques. Students draw three dimensional objects, as well as isometric, diametric, and trimetric drawings. For success in completing the courses, it is important that students have a Windows-based computer. Students study the Windows operating systems, gaining skills including using desktop commands, creating files and folders, and using Windows Explorer.
By creating a drawing site plan, students are able to practice Civil Drafting, drawing transit lines and basic architecture. The final Instruction Set focuses on the function of HVAC systems. Students will also be expected to draw diagrams of electrical systems and cable assemblies.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Penn Foster High School is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by Cognia and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score