CAD-BIM : Emily Griffith Technical College


We have full-time and part-time start dates throughout the year! Give us a call at 720-423-4700 to find out when our next available start date is.

Build construction drawings, design landscapes and interiors, and more. 

What is CAD-BIM? CAD-BIM stands for Computer Aided Drafting and Building Information Modeling. CAD-BIM is a part of the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.  

At Emily Griffith, our evening hybrid program will give you hands-on experience using industry software for computer drafting, blueprinting, and 3D modeling. You will learn building project principles and the basics of construction drawing. 

Latest technology: Gain experience with industry software like Photoshop, SketchUp, Revit, AutoCAD and 3D Studio Max. 

Convenient classes: Take classes two nights a week and complete career-relevant projects at home.

High-demand career: Enjoy a 75 percent job placement rate in the CAD-BIM field with your Emily Griffith CAD-BIM certificate.

Want more information? Get the CAD-BIM Program Flyer and the CAD-BIM Program Checklist.

What Can I Do with an Emily Griffith CAD-BIM Certificate?

Graduates from Emily Griffith’s CAD-BIM program use their certificate to up their technology game at their current jobs or to work in jobs such as the following:

  • Drafter
  • CAD Operator
  • Construction Analyst
  • Design Technician
  • CAD Specialist

Other potential career paths include jobs in architecture, civil or mechanical engineering, interior design, landscape design, construction, electrical contracting and fire system design. 

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Approximate cost. Additional material and book fees may apply
11 Months
Full-time program length
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Course Information

Required Courses

aec 107 Print Reading Residential/Commercial

Interpret construction prints and the related documents produced by the residential or commercial architect and used in the construction industry.

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AEC 121 Construction Materials and Systems

Examines building materials and construction techniques. Topics include a study of soils, concrete, brick, masonry, steel, timber, and plastics and a study of types of building structural systems and components. Principles of interpreting light commercial construction drawings (blueprints) for structural and trade information are also introduced.

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AEC 218 Sustainable Building Systems

Investigates the technologies and strategies related to sustainable (green) materials and systems for buildings. Topics include: energy and environmental consciousness/regulations; the high performance building envelope; alternative construction techniques (adobe, cob, rammed earth, straw bale); microclimate/site factors; sustainable/green materials; and passive solar; active thermal solar, photovoltaic energy, wind energy conversion, on site water use/reuse and waste disposal systems.

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AEC 236 International Building Codes

A study is made of the restrictions, standards, and requirements that in the interest of public safety and welfare have been established by law to govern the construction of buildings and their materials. Specifications are developed to describe building materials to be furnished and how they are to be installed.

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AEC 255 Prof. Wrkplce Skill & Present

Implements workplace tools and skills of the architecture profession and construction industry. Includes instruction on developing a resume and design portfolio in a visually artistic and professional manner. The course will also include lessons in workplace, customer and client relations, teambuilding, participation, and employer expectations.

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CAD 101 Computer Aided Drafting/ 2D I

Focuses on basic computer aided drafting skills using the AutoCAD software. Includes file management, Cartesian coordinate system & dynamic input, drawing templates, drawing aids, linetype and lineweights, layer usage, drawing & editing geometric objects, polylines & splines, array, text applications, creating tables, basic dimensioning and Help access.

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CAD 115 Sketchup

Introduces techniques and common practices of 3D modeling using Sketchup software. Focuses on the creation and editing of virtual three-dimensional forms and volumes and the organization of their elements through the various features of the software. Includes applying material and textures, changing the appearance of models with styles and shadows and introduces the basic techniques of presenting and sharing the 3D model.

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CAD 219 3DS Max

Introduces 3D model creation and editing, rendering and animation using the Autodesk 3DS Max software. Focuses on 3D geometry, texture mapping, lighting, camera placement, shading, photo-realistic rendering, animation techniques, and walk through animations.

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CAD 224 Revit Architecture

Introduces students to the AutoDesk Revit Architecture software. Examines the Building Information Modeling approach to 2D and 3D architectural construction documents. Covers the creation of floorplans, elevations, sections, 3D models, perspective Renderings and Walkthroughs with this software application.

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CAD 227 Advanced Revit Architecture

Focuses on the advanced applications of the AutoDesk Revit Architecture software. Includes Family Editing, topographic Site Plans, Worksharing, Phases, Key Schedules, custom Annotation, Templates, and presentation techniques.

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CAD 289 Capstone

Provides a demonstrated culmination of learning within a given program of study.

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“I had to figure out how to organize my life and my family and how to be successful in the U.S.”
— Adnan

In Syria, Adnan studied pharmacology in college and worked as a Pharmaceutical Representative and in medical sales for 7 years. When he first arrived here in Denver, he heard about Emily Griffith and started taking English classes. “One of the challenges I faced upon arriving was getting familiar with new words, new language, new environment, new expectations,” explains Adnan. “I had to figure out how to organize my life and my family and how to be successful in the U.S. It was really expensive in Colorado and a challenge to get a job. I got a job as a driver, but it wasn’t in my field and I didn’t make enough to pay my expenses.”

He says that Tiffany Jaramillo helped him in the CAREERS program and once his English was good enough he worked on getting into the Pharmacy Tech program. “I needed to get my high school diploma from my country, but this was too hard because my country was in the war. I had to get the documents I had translated and then work with the Health Science department to get approved with what I had,” explains Adnan.

The Pharmacy Tech classes have had their own challenges for Adnan. “I had to learn a new vocabulary and medical words. My primary language is Arabic and most of the people in my class speak English,” he says. “Mr. Joe has helped me if I need specific or more help or clarifications. He is a helpful man.”

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