Syllabus: ME 272—Mechanical CADD and GD&T

Three Credits (9–12 hrs per week)

Course Mission: The mission of this course is to help students learn mechanical engineering drafting standards and become proficient using SOLIDWORKS to create drawings to communicate product manufacturing and inspection information. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Drawing Views: Students will be able to interpret, create, and manipulate views for mechanical engineering drawings. 
  2. Drawing Annotations: Students will be able to interpret and create annotations and symbols on mechanical engineering drawings.
  3. GD&T: Students will be able to interpret and create geometric dimensions and tolerances for mechanical engineering drawings.
  4. CSWPA-DT: Students will prepare for and pass the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional - Drawing Tools exam. 
  5. Full Drawing Sets: Students will be able to interpret and create complete drawing packages of mechanical engineering drawings.

Required Materials and Technology

System Requirements


Other hardware:

  • Using CAD software is much easier when you have a three-button mouse on which the middle button is also a scroll wheel.  It is in your best interest to obtain such a mouse.  It is nearly impossible to navigate CAD systems using the touch pad on your laptop. 
  • Each unit contains several videos that you will be watching.  You may wish to obtain earbuds or headphones. If you are taking this course on campus, this is required in the computer labs.

Course Architecture

This course runs in 14 one-week units with Unit 01 at the beginning and Unit 14 to wrap up. You will progress through the course by achieving competency in all course outcomes at a basic level, then again at an intermediate level. Once the intermediate level is achieved you will pursue some advanced level of competency in each outcome. Each lesson is open from the beginning of the semester.

SOLIDWORKS Certification

A key part of this class is completing the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Drawing Tools (CSWPA-DT) exam. This certification is recognized by industry and will be taken in Unit 06. The CSWPA-DT has a 30 day waiting period between retakes. Official information can be found on the SOLIDWORKS website. Students will be given 100 minutes to complete the exam and must achieve a grade of 75 percent or higher to pass. Students will be issued a digital certificate upon passing the exam.

The exam must be proctored. If you are on BYU-Idaho campus, there is a schedule that will be shared with you in the course to request a proctoring time. If you are off campus, you must contact your instructor to work it out.

Typical Unit Structure

There are 14 units. Within each unit there are typically six assignments. Assignments 1–5 are the formative assignments where you are able to watch videos and learn concepts by watching and doing. Assignment 6 is the Ponder assignment in which you will apply the concepts you have already learned in new ways. You will also notice that Unit 06 and 13 are highlighted in yellow in the table below. These units provide you with the opportunity to prove your mastery of the outcomes. Unit 06 is the official Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Drawing Tools Exam (CSWPA-DT). Unit 13 is a project requiring you to create a complete drawing package of mechanical systems.

Course Structure and Grading

Students will progress through the semester by achieving competency in all five outcomes. The table below shows how each unit relates to the outcomes. It also shows how grades will be determined. Student grades wil start at zero at the beginning of the semester and will increase with each completed assignment. For instance, after completing Unit 01, a student could have a maximum grade of 4 percent and after completing Unit 02, the maximum grade could be as high as 10 percent, etc. See the table below as an example:


Important: The Pace Point quizzes in this course have "hard end dates." This means that once the due dates for these quizzes pass, they will no longer be available to you, and you will receive a zero for the assignment.

Since there are 14 units in the course and 14 weeks in the semester, you will be expected to complete one unit each week. Pace Points are available for each unit to encourage you to keep up with the class. The Pace Points are worth 16 percent of your overall grade, so make sure you don't fall behind. You will have to claim the Pace Points yourself—they will not be given automatically. Pace Points are claimed in I-Learn by taking the Pace Points quiz at the end of each unit.

This quiz will only become available when you have scored at least 50 percent on each assignment within the unit. You must take the Pace Points quiz by the due date for the unit. For more information on how due dates are set up in this course, see the How to Understand Due Dates page. If you have not taken the quiz by that time it will no longer be available. For example, if the Pace Points quiz has not been completed by 11:00 PM on Saturday of Unit 01, the Unit 01 Pace Points will be forfeited. Please don't fall behind. It will be very difficult to do well in the class if you don't claim the Pace Points. You are welcome to work as far ahead as you want.

Course Structure



Unit Wgt + Pace = Unit Ttl

Overall Score


Drawing Views


Course Introduction

3.0% + 1.0% = 4%

4% F


Basic Drawing Views

4.5% + 1.5% = 6%

10% F


Intermediate Drawing Views

4.5% + 1.5% = 6%

16% F


Advanced Drawing Views 4.5% + 1.5% = 6% 22% F


Drawing Tables and BOM 4.5% + 1.5% = 6% 28% F


CSWPA - DT 20%            =20%   48% F
Dim. & Tol.


Drawing Standards and Symbols 4.5% + 1.5% = 6% 54% F


Tolerance Stack; Hole/Shaft Fits 4.5% + 1.5% =6% 60% D-


GD&T Fundamentals 4.5% + 1.5% = 6% 66% D+


GD&T Form Controls 4.5% + 1.5% = 6% 72% C-


GD&T Orientation and Profile 4.5% + 1.5% = 6% 78% C+


GD&T Location and Runout 4.5% + 1.5% = 6% 84% B


Industry Project 16%            =16%   100% A


Extra Credit Projects 10%            =10%   110% A

Grade Breakdown

Less that 60% F
60% - 63% D-
63% - 66% D
66% - 70% D+
70% - 73% C-
73% - 76% C
76% - 80% C+
80% - 83% B-
83% - 86% B
86% - 90% B+
90% - 93% A-
93% - 100% A

Late Work Policy

Work can be completed and resubmitted at any time before the semester ends. However, you may only receive the pacing grade if you complete each unit no later than one week after the "A Pacing" date for a unit. Plan your weekly schedule wisely to set aside adequate study time that allows you to work at a healthy and steady pace throughout the course.

Keys to Success

BYU-Idaho Learning Model

All courses at BYU-Idaho, including online courses, follow a pattern of learning that enables students to take more responsibility for their own learning and for helping to teach one another. This pattern is called the Learning Model.  Here are two pages to help you better understand the Learning Model:

Take charge of your education by applying the Learning ModelLearning Model interactive tutorial

Tips for Success in this Course

University Policies

Student Honor Code

Student Honor is following the path of discipleship and learning to be more like Christ—learning to think, to feel, and to act more as He does. Following the Honor Code is of great importance as you strive to be a disciple of Christ. Academic honesty and integrity is expected of all BYU-I students.

By adhering to the Honor Code  you will create a learning environment, “consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

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This syllabus and the course schedule may be changed at any time prior to or during the semester as the need arises, based upon circumstances. Any changes will be available to view in the course documents.

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