Kalamazoo Valley Community College

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DRFT 100 Fundamentals of Tech Drawing
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Fundamentals of Technical Drawing is an entry-level course for students with no experience in drafting. This class will use manual drafting equipment, procedures, and techniques for creating detailed technical drawings. Topics will include mechanical, developmental (steel metal transitions and various shaped containers), architectural, and electronic and/or electrical schematic drawings. There will also be a brief exposure/project to a computer-aided drafting (CAD) program. PREREQUISITE: Minimum ACT Writing Skills score of 18 or COMPASS score of 70 or successful completion of ENG 098 or 099; and a minimum ACT Reading score of 14 or COMPASS score of 65 or TRS 096 and TRS 105 or ENG 099 and a minimum ACT Math Test score of 18 or COMPASS PreAlgebra Test score of 44 or MATH 092, or MATH 094 REQUIRED.

DRFT 105 Blueprint Reading
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Blueprint Reading uses industrial drawing to learn orthographic, pictorial, auxiliary and section views. Also included are dimensioning practices, standard symbols, and sketching techniques.

DRFT 110 Analytical Apps Tech Careers I
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course is part one of a two part sequence for technical career destined students. Topics will be directly related to the needs of students seeking a technology based degree. This allows students to explore analytical applications and concepts at a pace that encourages success. Additionally, the course will include a variety of problem solving and critical thinking skills critical to success in technical fields. Recommended prerequisite: MATH 092 or instructor approval or minimum.

DRFT 112 Analytical Apps Tech Career II
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course is part two of a two part sequence for technical career destined students. Topics will directly build on areas covered in part one of the sequence. The main topics explored will be based partly on vectors mechanics, geometric concepts, and dimensional calculations. Additionally, the course will include a variety of problem solving and critical thinking skills crucial to success in technical fields. Recommended prerequisite: DRFT 110 or instructor approval.

DRFT 113 Architect'l Blueprint Reading
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Architectural Blueprint Reading teaches students to interpret architectural working drawings. Emphasis is placed on reading standard symbols and commercial prints. Topics include sketching, residential construction, commercial structural systems, construction scheduling, specifications, mechanical systems, welding symbols, and electrical plans.

DRFT 130 Technical Drawing
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Technical Drawing will explore the principles of orthographic projection through both manual and computer aided drafting (CAD) equipment. Topics will include sketching, orthographic projection, auxiliary views, descriptive geometry, sections, dimensioning, tolerancing of fits, threaded fasteners, working in teams, assembly drawings, and some basic design practices. PREREQUISITE: DRFT 100 or instructor approval and a minimum ACT Writing Skills score of 18 or COMPASS score of 70 or successful completion of ENG 098 or 099; and a minimum ACT Reading score of 14 or COMPASS score of 65 or TRS 096 and TRS 105 or ENG 099 and a minimum ACT Math Test score of 18 or COMPASS PreAlgebra Test score of 44 or MATH 092 or MATH 094 REQUIRED.

DRFT 135 AutoCAD
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is an introduction to AutoCAD, a computer-aided drafting (CAD) software, which is used in a wide variety of design, engineering, and architectural disciplines. Topics will include creating and editing accurate 2D geometric figures, orthographic projections, sections, the use of metric and imperial (inch) units, drawing creation including line weight and uses, dimensioning including manipulating dimension variable, annotation, view creation including standard orthographic views, file storage, exporting drawings to various formats, and plotting/printing drawings to a specific scale, all to acceptable industry standards. DRFT 135 AutoCAD will primarily be limited to 2D with an introduction to 3D wireframe, surface, and Boolean-solid operations. Recommended prerequisite: DRFT 130.

DRFT 140 Production Drafting/GD&T
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Course topics include extensive use of GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing), engineering standards (ANSI/ISO), castings, sheet metal layouts, gears, and weldments. The Machinery Handbook and other standard references will be used throughout. CAD software will be used. PREREQUISITE: DRFT 130 or DRFT 135 and a minimum ACT Writing Skills score of 18 or COMPASS score of 70 or successful completion of ENG 098 or 099 and a minimum ACT Reading score of 14 or COMPASS score of 65 or TRS 096 and TRS 105 or ENG 099 and a minimum ACT Math Test score of 18 COMPASS PreAlgebra Test score of 44 or MATH 092 or MATH 094 with a grade of 2.0 or above REQUIRED. General computer navigation skills.

DRFT 145 Descriptive Geometry
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Descriptive Geometry is an instrument drawing course emphasizing orthographic projection of points, lines, and planes, with applications of these concepts to engineering problems. Recommended prerequisite: DRFT 130.

DRFT 160 PRO-E
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course will introduce 3-D 'parametric solid modelers' through the use of a Boolean CAD package and Pro/Engineer. Recommended prerequisite: DRFT 130 or equivalent. General computer navigation skills.

DRFT 165 Inventor
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Inventor is a 3-D solid parametric C.A.D. software package. Students will learn file and data management, math model creation methods, assembly model creation methods, presentation creation, and drawing document creation using Inventor software. Recommended prerequisite: DRFT 130.

DRFT 171 SolidWorks
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course teaches how to use the mechanical design software SolidWorks to build parametric solid and surface models of components and assemblies, and how to make drawings of those components and assemblies. Recommended prerequisite: DRFT 130.

DRFT 175 Fundamentals of Design
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Fundamentals of Design is an introduction to common design issues frequently encountered in various mechanical design fields. It involves both stationary assemblies and ones which undergo simple motion conditions. It stresses using CAD effectively as a design tool and gives students the necessary background to handle advanced design courses which they will encounter later in their academic programs. Multiple short design projects will be used to provide students with realistic experiences. Recommended prerequisite: DRFT 130, DRFT 135, DRFT 160.

DRFT 183 Introduction to Revit
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) The course will introduce the student to Autodesk Revit Architecture software. Revit uses Building Information Model (BIM) technology along with parametric building design concepts and documentation tools to create full size, functional, virtual buildings. The student will learn how to use Revit to create 3D digital models for not only design and construction documentation but also for design visualization. After completing this course, the student should be able to contribute to the production of architectural projects in an architectural office environment using Revit Architecture software. Recommended prerequisite: No previous CAD experience is necessary, but working knowledge of the following is required: DRFT 100, basic architectural design, or engineering principles, general Microsoft Windows navigation and file creation skills, Internet surfing skills, E-mail skills, or instructor approval.

DRFT 210 Kinematics of Mechanisms
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Kinematics of Mechanisms covers the graphical determination and representation of the motion of mechanical components. The utilization and development of gears, gear trains, motion curves, cams, and linkages as related to machine components are emphasized. Recommended prerequisite: DRFT 112 and DRFT 135 or MATH 152.

DRFT 215 Statics and Strength/Materials
4-4-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Statics and Strength of Materials is a course intended for students in the technology programs. Mathematic skills like algebra and trigonometry are essentially applied to solve problems closely related to basic engineering applications. Generally, problems encountered in the first part of the course include two and three force systems, forces in simple structures, and friction. During the second part of the course, the focus shifts to strength of materials. In this part of the course, topics ranging from the calculation of centroids, moment of inertia, axial and torsional loading, and stress-strain are covered. Recommended prerequisite: DRFT 112 or MATH 152.

DRFT 225 Comp Aided Simulation w/FEA
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a course introducing various concepts of CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) as applied to mechanical design problems. Topics include modeling and simulation techniques, importing various CAD model formats, assembly animation, static and dynamic simulation, linear and nonlinear finite element analysis (FEA), contact, impact, thermal, and multi-physics analysis. The computer simulation topics and techniques are intended to analyze the robustness and performance of components and assemblies before a product is produced. The laboratory component involves use of current CAD/CAE software packages which may include: 1) Pro/ENGINEERING and Pro/MECHANICA by PTC Inc. 2) Solidworks and COSMOSWorks 3) Working Model 4) Inventor. Recommended prerequisite: DRFT 210, DRFT 215.

DRFT 235 Mold Design
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Mold Design teaches students to design and draw an injection mold to be used in the production of plastic parts. Extensive use will be made of part prints, catalogs, and handbooks. A 3D CAD software will be used. Recommended prerequisite: DRFT 130, DRFT 135, and one of the following: DRFT 160, DRFT 165, or DRFT 170 or instructor permission. General computer navigation skills.

DRFT 245 Machine Design
4-2-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Machine Design teaches students to design and build a complex mechanical system. Design procedures including the selection or design of machine elements such as bearings, shafts, clutches and other devices under conditions of both static and dynamic loading are utilized. The principles of machine controls are also introduced and employed. CAD software will be used. Recommended prerequisite: DRFT 175, DRFT 210, and DRFT 215.

DRFT 270 CAD-CAM
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) The course will use the College's CAD and CAM software to design and machine a 3D part from concept through finished item. Course content will include design considerations, file types, network connections, manufacturing methods, and transferring files from design to CAM, to post processor, to DNC system, and to CNC machine. Group projects will be used. Recommended prerequisite: DRFT 135, DRFT 140, DRFT 160, and MACH 230. General computer navigation skills.

DRFT 278 Drafting Internship
1-0-0 to 9-0-0 (Variable) Internships are supervised on-the-job learning experiences, designed to permit advanced students the opportunity to apply specific learned competencies in a work environment. Prerequisite: With some exceptions, students must have completed 75% of the coursework in the pursued degree/certificate program and have a grade point of 2.5 in the program and have a grade point of 2.0 overall. Comment: See Internships under Permission Codes for more information.