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Mechanical CAD Drafting I

  • Spring 2021
  • Section All
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/11/2021 to 05/10/2021
  • Modified 12/16/2020


This is an introductory course in mechanical drafting and computer aided drafting using CAD software . Instruction includes orthographic projection, auxiliary views, secondary auxiliary view projections, sections, dimensioning techniques, and printing. Students will complete a series of drawings on the computer to demonstrate understanding of the concepts presented. (F,Sp,Su)


Prerequisite Course: Minimum 2.0 in (METD 100 or Mechanical Drafting Placement Test 80%)
Placement Scores: Reading Level 4 and Writing Level 4 and (Math Level 4 or minimum 2.0 in MATH 105 or MATH 106)

Contact Hours







Total Hrs


Course Topics

  1. Orthographic Projection
  2. Primary Auxiliary View Projection
  3. Section Views
  4. Screws, Fasteners, and Springs
  5. Assembly Drawings

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and demonstrate proper Orthographic Projection
    1. Introduction to CAD Software (Solid Edge)
      1. Identify software interface, application menu, 3D space ball.
      2. Identify command bar, prompt bar, ribbon, status bar, graphics window.
      3. Create a file using ANSI or ISO templates, open, save and close files.
      4. Identify solid parametric modeling and sketcher.
      5. Identify Extrude, Cut and Revolve functionality.
      6. Identify draw tool commands (circle, rectangle, line, etc.).
      7. Identify modify commands (erase, offset, trim, extend to next, etc.).
      8. Manipulate sold models using Smart Dimensions and geometric constraints.
    2. Introduction to Sketcher
      1. Explain the purpose and functionality of sketcher.
      2. Sketch on principle planes.
      3. Describe parametric modeling using sketch.
    3. Identify 2D Orthographic Projection using CAD
      1. Identify drawing format sizes and create a drawing.
      2. Describe use of view creation wizard.
      3. Identify projection techniques.
      4. Identify first-angle and third-angle projection.
      5. Identify and demonstrate proper use of coordinate system:
        1. Absolute coordinates
        2. Relative (Delta) coordinates
        3. Polar coordinates
      6. Demonstrate use of Direction-Distance.
    4. Use Parametric Modeling Features
      1. Create features such as rounds, fillets, chamfers and ribs, etc.
      2. Demonstrate Array, Mirror, Move, Copy, and Rotate commands.
      3. Identify Fillets and Rounds.
      4. Describe coordinate plane rotation and manipulation functionality.
  2. Identify and demonstrate proper Primary Auxiliary View Projection
    1. Primary Auxiliary Views
      1. Identify and demonstrate folding lines.
      2. Identify rules of auxiliary view construction.
      3. Identify primary auxiliary views from top view, front view and profile view.
      4. Identify curved shapes (splines and ellipses).
      5. Identify partial views.
    2. Dimensioning
      1. Identify basic dimensioning terminology.
      2. Identify units of measurement (English and Metric).
      3. Identify numerals and symbols (aligned and unidirectional).
      4. Identify dimensioning rules (upper case text, location, etc).
      5. Identify finished surfaces. machine holes, necks and undercuts.
    3. Dimensioning and Annotating with CAD
      1. Set up dimension style and standards.
      2. Apply dimensions using smart dimensions.
      3. Add annotation to drawing using annotation editor.
      4. Add text to dimensions.
      5. Create leader for notes.
  3. Identify and demonstrate appropriate Section Views
    1. Identify hatch patterns (aluminum, steel, etc.).
      1. Select and apply hatch patterns in CAD.
      2. Demonstrate options to define hatch boundary.
      3. Demonstrate changing Scale and Angle of hatch pattern.
    2. Identify cutting planes and breakout sections.
      1. Identify basic sectioning, symbols, and cutting planes and their location.
      2. Use sectioning in CAD.
      3. Change line type to represent cutting plane line.
      4. Add arrows and text to cutting plane lines.
    3. Identify types of sections:
      1. Full section
      2. Half section
      3. Partial section
      4. Offset section
      5. Broken-out section
      6. Revolved section
      7. Removed section
      8. Phantom section
      9. Auxiliary section
      10. Identify conventional revolutions.
      11. Identify conventional breaks.
      12. Identify sectioning assemblies of parts.
  4. Identify and demonstrate appropriate use of Screws, Fasteners and Springs.
    1. Identify thread terminology.
      1. Identify both English and Metric systems specifications and notes.
      2. Identify principles of drawing threads.
        1. Identify detailed symbol.
        2. Identify schematic symbol.
        3. Identify simplified symbol.
      3. Identify principles of drawing square heads and hexagon heads.
    2. Identify Fasteners.
      1. Identify types of screws.
      2. Identify other types of threaded fasteners.
      3. Identify taped hole specifications.
      4. Identify washers, lock washers, pins, and rivets.
      5. Identify pipe threads and fittings.
    3. Demonstrate use of Solid Edge fastener library:
      1. Illustration methods (detailed, schematic, and simplified)
      2. Inch and metric
      3. Counterbore, countersinks, spot face, bosses, and pads
  5. Identify and demonstrate Assembly Drawings.
    1. Creating an Assembly in CAD. 
      1. Create introductory building assemblies using Assembly Relationships.
      2. Identify Path Finder for adding and removing components.
      3. Describe Assembly command bar functionality.
      4. Complete an assembly and a drawing.
    2. Working drawings
      1. Identify working drawings.
      2. Identify assembly drawings.
      3. Identify drawings for forged parts and castings.
      4. Identify dimensions, units, notes and other information.
      5. Identify layout of assembly drawing.
      6. Identify drafter's log including bill of materials and balloons.
      7. Print and Plot drawings.
    3. Create project (details will be given).
      1. Model individual components per specifications given.
      2. Complete Assembly using assembly constraints.
      3. Prepare and plot drawings.


Tools, Equipment or Apparel (Required of the Student)

Supplied by section instructor


Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments 35-50%
Class Participation 0-20%
Exams or Tests 10-30%
Final Exam 10-20%
Papers 0-5%
Portfolios 0-5%
Quizzes 10-30%
Reports/Presentations 0-5%


College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation


Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available in this course. This information is provided by the section instructor.

Institutional Policies

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students the ability to search courses and discover how those courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-5323 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

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It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates may be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges.

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At Lansing Community College, student success is our top priority.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  LCC faculty or staff may refer you to an Academic Success Coach if they recognize that mentoring or assistance may be helpful to you. Please monitor your LCC email for referral notifications.  Your participation in academic success coaching is voluntary.

In addition, we encourage you to contact an Academic Success Coach on your own if you need help, guidance or assistance to reach your goals.  To contact an Academic Success Coach, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

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