BIM-Building Information Modeling Certificate of Proficiency and Completion


Program Description

The CAD/BIM Technology Associate in Applied Science Program is designed to meet entry-level employment requirements in Computer Aided Drafting/Modeling occupations and provide students with a broad range of employment opportunities in Architectural, Civil, Mechanical, and BIM (Building Information Modeling).  In addition, students may elect a specific area of concentration to meet their personal goals or occupational requirements. 

Career Opportunities

CAD/BIM technicians translate the ideas and rough sketches of architects, engineers and designers into 2D plans and 3D models.  Experienced workers may advance to building modelers, plan checkers, detailers or design drafters. A typical work week will consist of 40 hours, but overtime may be required to meet deadlines.  CAD/BIM Technicians can work for engineers, architectural firms, manufacturing plants, designers, and a wide variety of government agencies.  See Information Technology » Computer Aided Drafting Technology for more career and employment information.

Program Outcomes

At the completion for the CAD/BIM Technology Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, think critically, formulate, and present accurate solutions to the assigned projects
  • Able to use a variety of effective communication tools and skills to support conclusions, project solutions and technical documentation
  • Apply knowledge related academic skills, applied mathematics and industry software platforms to resolve technical engineering / drafting problems
  • Commit to the quality of results in assigned projects and professional and ethical responsibility related to their professional discipline
  • Actively engage on diverse, multi-disciplinary teams

In addition, students who complete the program will demonstrate the following skills standards specific to CAD-BIM Technology:

  • Produce a personal portfolio of industry standard documents utilizing a variety of computer drafting applications
  • Develop complete plans to meet the needs of the (AEC) Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries
  • Create 3-D parametric building models and related content using Autodesk Revit. Use embedded information to analyze and document building characteristics
  • Develop plans and profiles, section views, sub division maps, grading plans with accurate and correct interpretation of survey data utilizing survey instruments
  • Model mechanical design concepts in 3D utilizing industry recognized solid modeling software

Program Information

  • Students should expect early exposure to a wide range of software applications and file management
  • Textbooks and required tools are estimated to range from $300.00 - $500.00 for the 2-Year program
  • Lab fee included in tuition costs will be charged for each appropriate course
  • Program experiences will include E-Learning and innovative use of technology

AAS Degree Requirements

The Associates in Applied Science (AAS) Degree represents the attainment of skills generally required for immediate application in an occupational field. The degree concentrates on the technical aspects of the student’s chosen career area. To qualify for the degree, a student must successfully complete three of the five possible certificates, meet the requirements of the approved AAS program and earn at least 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above. The minimum 90 credits must include at least three credits in each of these areas: reading/writing, speaking/listening, computation and human relations for a minimum of 12 distribution credits.  Courses for the degree should be selected with the assistance of an academic advisor in accordance with a prescribed program of study listed for CAD Technology. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in core and distribution courses is required for graduation.

Program Requirement

ENGL 095 and MATH 090 or higher are required

Certificate Requirements

The Certificate of Completion represents successful completion of core requirements totaling 45 or more credits in a specific occupational program. The Certificate of Completion is comprised of industry-based skill courses and general education requirements (courses 100-level and above: English 101, Communication, Computation and Human Relations.) The Certificate of Completion generally recognizes a student’s attainment of the skills necessary for entry-level employment in a given occupational field.

Note: Any course listed in two categories of the General Education for Associate in Applied Science can satisfy both of the Certificate of Completion requirements. 

The Certificate of Proficiency represents successful completion of core requirements totaling 20-44 credits in a specific occupational program. The Certificate of Proficiency is comprised of industry-based skill courses and a demonstrated minimum proficiency equivalent to ENGL 090 and MATH 090.

The Certificate of Achievement represents successful completion of core requirements totaling fewer than 20 credits. It is comprised of industry-based skill courses. No general education courses and no minimum level of English or Math are required.

Admission: CAD/BIM Technology Program has an open enrollment policy with curriculum paths starting every quarter, except summer.

Additional Program Information

Gainful Employment Disclosure


Educational Plan

BIM - Building Information Modeling

Certificate of Proficiency
39 credits

Certificate of Completion
57-59 credits

Core Requirements – Certificate Proficiency 

CAD101 Mechanical Drafting I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introductory level Mechanical Drafting/CAD. Includes basic CAD drawing and editing tool usage, understanding scales, plane geometry, shape descriptions with an emphasis on 3-D projection theory. Prerequisite: None, recommended CAD 150 be taken concurrently.
CAD120 Architectural Drafting I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introduction to Architectural Drafting. Understanding drawing scales, construction materials, cost estimating basics, residential building codes and step-by-step development of residential construction documents including: floor plan(s), building sections, exterior elevations, roof and foundation plans. Prerequisite: CAD 101 or instructor's permission.
CAD150 Introduction to CAD 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting. Includes file management, coordinate systems, draw commands, editing commands, dimensioning variables, layer management, external reference files, blocks, create attributes, dynamic blocks, introduction to parametric modeling and plotting. Prerequisite: Experience with Windows operating system highly recommended.
CAD160 Civil Drafting I 4 Credits Search Schedule
Introductory level Civil Drafting. Traditional computer aided drafting theory-building course. Fundamental procedures in the development and understanding of Civil Drafting. Includes field note interpretation, plotting traverse, legal descriptions, topography map production, and computations relative to a variety of civil projects. Prerequisite: CAD 101, CAD 150 or instructor's permission.

Additional Requirements – Building Information Modeling Certificate of Proficiency or Completion
BIM201 Building Information Modeling I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introductory to Revit Architecture. Industry driven BIM software will be utilized to create an accurate and effective building model while exposing students to the power and potential of BIM (Building Information Modeling) and its impact on the AEC (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) Industry. Prerequisite: CAD 120, 150 or instructor's permission.
BIM202 Building Information Modeling II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Intermediate Revit Architecture. Expansion of skills from BIM 201 using industry-driven BIM software. The "Information" component of BIM will be the primary focus throughout the course. Use of software to create detailed construction documents, as well as basic 3D model presentation techniques, project phasing, and managing design options. Prerequisite: BIM 201 with a "C" or better.
BIM203 Building Information Modeling III 5 Credits Search Schedule
Advanced Revit architecture and techniques for industry-driven BIM software. Collaboration, teamwork, and creating custom content will be the primary focal points of this course. Students will work collaboratively on a common building project to simulate a real-world work environment. Additionally, each student will be responsible for contributing custom content to the project. Prerequisite: BIM 202 with a "C" or better.
BIM211 Construction Documents 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introductory level understanding of commercial construction and BIM projects with a strong emphasis on reading and understanding existing commercial construction documents that have been created from BIM models. Focuses on site related, architectural, and structural elements as well as broad mechanical and electrical elements of the documents. Prerequisite: CAD 120, BIM 201.

General Education Requirements – Certificates of Completion


ENGL&101 English Composition I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops writing skills by focusing on strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas, evaluate information, make a point, and participate in multiple discourse communities. Emphasizes both the process and the product of writing. This course was formerly known as WRIT 101, College Writing I. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test scores OR appropriate completion of ENGL 095, ENGL 095X, or ENGL 098 OR concurrent enrollment in ENGL 110 with instructor's permission.

Additional Communication: 

MATH101 Technical Mathematics I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Theory and applications of mathematics used in technical fields with emphasis on problem solving strategies, measurement, algebra, geometry, unit conversions and the metric system. Prerequisite: MATH 094 with a minimum grade of "C" or MATH 097 (formerly MATH 098) with a minimum grade of "C" or appropriate placement test score.

Human Relations
Choose 3 to 5 credits


Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised March 21, 2017