Students in San Jacinto College’s Engineering Design Graphics program will be developing 3D models of petrochemical facilities using CADWorx, the same software plant design professionals use, thanks to a $1.98 million dollar grant awarded to the College from the software creator, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine.

The CADWorx software will be implemented in a new course, DFTG 2445 Advanced Pipe Drafting, this Fall, and will build on the knowledge and skills previously learned in the pipe drafting prerequisite course, DFTG 2432 Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting. The new DFTG 2445 course will complement the existing DFTG 2457 Advanced Technologies in Pipe Drafting and Design course, which teaches Aveva PDMS software. Students taking DFTG 2445 will learn how to use CADWorx to create 3D models of mechanical equipment, structural steel, cable trays, pipe configurations including valving and instrumentation, isometrics, and piping and instrumentation diagrams/drawings (P&ID) synchronization. From the 3D model, an experienced CADWorx user can then extract detailed construction drawings, complete with dimensions and bills of material.

“CADWorx is one of the most commonly used 3D pipe drafting software packages in the Gulf Coast and used by 80 percent of plant engineering companies worldwide,” said San Jacinto College engineering design graphics instructor, Lauro Herrera.

“Since this course is also linked to the College’s Continuing and Professional Development division, prerequisites can be waived for professionals already in the pipe drafting industry who are familiar with AutoCAD and want to learn the CADWorx software,” noted San Jacinto College Central Campus engineering design graphics program director, Anna Cummings.

Engineering design graphics program alumus and Design Supervisor for SNC-Lavalin Engineers and Constructors, Alejandro Cortes, says that students learning the CADWorx software now will not only become more marketable, but will quickly become assets to their design team.

“CADWorx is becoming the workhorse of the design and engineering industry that will reduce costs in the design and construction phases,” said Cortes. “Students who are able to master this software will be able to enter the design and engineering industry and become important members of their design groups, giving them the opportunity to develop their discipline and career even further and will definitely have more technical skill advantages over drafters and designers who only specialize in two dimensional mechanical drawings.”

“When our students begin looking for internships and begin applying for jobs after they graduate, listing the CADWorx software on their resume will be one of the defining skillsets that sets them apart from other applicants,” said Debra Acuff, San Jacinto College North Campus engineering design graphics instructor. “We are making sure that the drafting and engineering industries are receiving employees who can start projects and pick up advanced on-the-job-training on day one.”

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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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