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Computer Aided Design (CAD)

The space shuttle, the Concord supersonic airplane, and high-speed trains are just a few outstanding engineering achievements. Using your imagination, dream of unique possibilities that will be designed in the twenty first century. Ideas like these are realized through Computer-Aided Design (CAD). This course will teach you the skills needed for a career in architecture, computer-aided design, engineering, and technical illustration. Students will focus on CAD techniques, product design and visual communications used throughout the world.

For more information on this program download a Computer Aided Design brochure.​

Academic Credit

Students who successfully complete this course may be eligible for the following academic credit (See your high school counselor for more information.): Math, Visual Performing & Applied Arts.

Articulated College Credit

Students who successfully complete this course may receive articulated college credit to the following schools: Baker College, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Muskegon Community College. For information on how to earn articulated credit contact Mrs. Pulsipher at the CTC.

Direct College Credit

Students who successfully complete this course may receive direct college credit to Muskegon Community College. A list of classes that offer direct credit may be found here.

Meet the instructor

The teachers and parapros at the Career Tech Center (CTC) all come from the industry they now teach.

Instructor: Troy Foster

Bio: Mr. Foster is a graduate of Grand Haven High School and Calvin College. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts at Western Michigan University in 1991, Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology at Grand Valley State University in 2004, and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Grand Valley State University in 2012. His industry experience includes being a Project Manager in Architecture for Herman Miller in Zeeland, an Engineer for Flairwood Industries in Norton Shores, and as an Architect for Progressive Architects, Engineers, and Planners in Grand Rapids. In his free time, he enjoys boating, landscaping, and athletics such as softball, biking, and weight-training.


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