The impact of computer aided drafting technology on industrial education curriculum in British Columbia secondary schools
The purpose of this study was to identify the prerequisite skills most appropriate to training and/or employment in computer aided drafting... Specific objectives of the study were concerned with: 1. The prevalence of CAD in specific industries. 2. The relationship between the size and/or type of CAD system and the training required to operate it. 3. The background and training of individuals operating CAD systems. A. The preferences of employers as to the education of their CAD operators. 5.
... CAD operators. 5. The preferences of CAD training institutions as to the education of CAD training candidates. 6. The methods by which individuals in industry received CAD training. 7. The methods of CAD training preferred by employers. 8. The importance of certain skills relative to CAD employment or training. 9. The importance of certain secondary school drafting curriculum items relative to CAD training or employment. 10. The identification of secondary school curriculum areas to be modified to suit the needs of industry and CAD training institutions PROCEDURES The survey questionnaire method was used to obtain data for this study. Two parallel, closed-form questionnaires were developed from a review of related literature and an analysis of current drafting standards and techniques. One questionnaire was sent to all training institutions in British Columbia offering courses in CAD. The other questionnaire was sent to sixty-five businesses in British Columbia identified as users of CAD technology. The responses were analysed to provide information on the impact of CAD technology on secondary school curriculum. The importance of particular items was determined through calculation of mean priority or ranking levels. FINDINGS The businesses surveyed were primarily involved in mechanical and electronics drafting followed by structural, architectural, and cartographic. Training institutions were concerned with architectural and civil drafting followed by mechanical and structural. Data indicated that CAD was being used in all are [...]