Technical Design with CAD 2D/3D

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.

Vocational course

1 year

Available online

Technical Design with CAD 2D, 3D, Vocational Education

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

The student will understand key concepts and techniques used in the development of 2D-drawings with CAD software.

The student will understand technical aspects of drawings in addition to interpreting and developing 2D-drawings and layouts.

The students will develop a deeper understanding of drawings through Norwegian and European standards in addition to understanding key concepts for advanced constructions.

The student will understand key concepts and techniques used in the development of 3D-drawings with CAD software.

The student will understand technical aspects of 3D-drawings in addition to developing 3D models.

The student will understand key concepts and techniques regarding teamwork and working in a design collective with in-depth studies on 2D-drawings.

Learning outcomes: The student will understand key concepts on rendering, animation, lighting, shading and texturing of architectural constructions and mechanical components with 3D software.

The student will understand key concepts of image processing both for pre-production and post-production.

The student will understand the complete pipeline from concept to full visualization. This involves utilizing the tools and techniques learned through the semester.

Second Semester

The student will understand basic product design and key concepts and techniques of parametric construction.

The student will develop a deeper understanding of parametric construction and assemblies.

The student further develop the skillsets for teamwork and working in a design collective. The student must choose one area of study as an in-depth study to the chosen field.

The student will develop a deeper understanding of visualization and key animation techniques.

The student will understand key concepts and techniques on architectural constructions through a Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow.

The student will understand key concepts and techniques on BIM planning and drawing production.

The student will further develop the skillsets for visualization and animation through an in-depth study using a 3D rendering software.

The student must utilize everything that has been taught throughout the year. The student is free to choose an in-depth field based on some requirements. The exam can be taken as an intern at a suitable firm.

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.


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Course information

Next startup:

August 14 2017 on-campus,
August 15 2017 online.
Read more about semester start.

Campuses: Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Online Studies
Duration: 1 år
Price online: NOK 33.500,- per semester full time
NOK 16.750,- per semester part time
Price on-campus: NOK 55.750,- per semester.
NOK 1.500,- registration fee.
Approvals: Approved for loans and grants from the State Educational Loan Fund. Approved by NOKUT.
Credits: 60 ECVET

Admission requirements

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

You may also apply for admission on the basis of prior learning, as described in our school regulations.

Read more about our admission requirements.

Lecturing staff

Hans Petter Hoff

Hans Petter Hoff

Vocational teacher, Online Studies
André Hustoft

André Hustoft

Vocational teacher, Stavanger
Rune Klungland

Rune Klungland

Vocational teacher, Oslo
Marte Vik Korslund

Marte Vik Korslund

Vocational teacher, Online Studies

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