|(a) Implementation. The provisions of this section
shall be implemented by school districts beginning with the 2024-2025
(1) No later than August 31, 2024, the commissioner
of education shall determine whether instructional materials funding
has been made available to Texas public schools for materials that
cover the essential knowledge and skills identified in this section.
(2) If the commissioner makes the determination that
instructional materials funding has been made available, this section
shall be implemented beginning with the 2024-2025 school year and
apply to the 2024-2025 and subsequent school years.
(3) If the commissioner does not make the determination
that instructional materials funding has been made available under
this subsection, the commissioner shall determine no later than August
31 of each subsequent school year whether instructional materials
funding has been made available. If the commissioner determines that
instructional materials funding has been made available, the commissioner
shall notify the State Board of Education and school districts that
this section shall be implemented for the following school year.
(b) General requirements. This course is recommended
for students in Grades 9-12. Recommended Prerequisite: Principles
of Applied Engineering, Principles of Architecture and Design, or
Principles of Manufacturing. Students shall be awarded one credit
for successful completion of this course.
(1) Career and technical education instruction provides
content aligned with challenging academic standards, industry-relevant
technical knowledge, and college and career readiness skills for students
to further their education and succeed in current and emerging professions.
(2) The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(STEM) Career Cluster focuses on planning, managing, and providing
scientific research and professional and technical services, including
laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.
(3) Introduction to Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
(CADD) allows students to acquire knowledge and skills needed to use
design software, including an introduction to CADD equipment and software
selection and interfaces. Students gain skills in setting up a CADD
workstation; upgrading a computer to run advanced CADD software; working
with storage devices; storing, retrieving, backing-up, and sharing
databases, file servers, and local area networks (LANs); and transferring
drawing files over the internet.
(4) Students are encouraged to participate in extended
learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations
and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.
(5) Statements that contain the word "including" reference
content that must be mastered, while those containing the phrase "such
as" are intended as possible illustrative examples.
(d) Knowledge and skills.
(1) The student demonstrates professional standards/employability
skills as required by business and industry. The student is expected
(A) describe the roles, responsibilities, and dynamics
of a team as applied in appropriate industry fields;
(B) explain employers' work expectations;
(C) use effective and accurate architectural or engineering
vocabulary throughout design and drafting process;
(D) demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and skills
related to health in the workplace; and
(E) demonstrate safety in the workplace as specified
by appropriate governmental regulations.
(2) The student demonstrates knowledge of the CADD
software. The student is expected to:
(A) describe computer-aided design, drafting, and CADD
(B) demonstrate how to start and exit CADD software
without corrupting files;
(C) use draw files;
(D) save, close, and open saved files;
(E) determine and specify drawing units and limits;
(F) describe and use the Cartesian coordinate system;
(G) use drawing snap and grid functions; and
(H) demonstrate the use of dynamic input and the command
(3) The student demonstrates the use of CADD tools
for basic drawing and plotting. The student is expected to:
(A) draw objects using the line tool;
(B) draw circles, arcs, ellipses, and elliptical arcs;
(C) draw polylines, rectangles, donuts, and filled
(D) draw true spline curves;
(E) create drawing templates;
(F) describe basic line conventions;
(G) create and manage layers;
(H) draw objects on separate layers;
(I) print and plot drawings;
(J) demonstrate organizational skills to influence
the sequential process when creating drawings;
(K) construct geometric figures of lines, splines,
circles, and arcs;
(L) create and edit text using appropriate style and
size to annotate drawings;
(M) use control accuracy enhancement tools for entity
positioning methods such as snap and xyz;
(N) use editing commands;
(O) use viewing commands to perform zooming and panning;
(P) plot drawings on media using layout and scale;
(Q) use query commands to interrogate database for
entity characteristics, distance, area, and status;
(R) move, stretch, and offset objects;
(S) create a radius between objects;
(T) trim and extend objects;
(U) break and join objects;
(V) change object properties; and
(W) create hatching and manipulate properties such
as calculating the area of an enclosed shape.
(4) The student demonstrates the use of CADD tools
display and viewpoints. The student is expected to:
(A) create multiple viewpoints in the drawing window;
(B) select appropriate object snaps for various drawing
(C) create orthographic drawings;
(D) analyze challenges and identify solutions for design
(E) investigate the use of space, scale, and environmental
features to create three-dimensional form or the illusion of depth
(F) prepare multi-view scaled drawings;
(G) select proper drawing scale, views, and layout;
(H) create drawings containing horizontal and vertical
(I) create drawings containing circles and arcs;
(J) create removed details and conventional breaks
using sectional drawing techniques;
(K) create assembly drawings;
(L) create detail drawings; and
(M) create technical drawings and title blocks associated
with the different CAD drawings.
(5) The student demonstrates the use of software tools
to properly create text within a CADD drawing. The student is expected
(A) use proper text standards for technical drawings;
(B) calculate drawing scale and text height using a
(C) apply text styles to enhance readability of drawings;
(D) demonstrate the use of tools to create multi-line
text objects and single-line text;
(E) edit existing text; and
(F) create, insert, and modify tables.
(6) The student demonstrates the use of CADD editing
tools within drawings. The student is expected to:
(A) draw chamfers and fillets;
(B) use editing tools to modify existing drawings;
(C) edit polylines and splines;
(D) move and copy objects;
(E) create mirror images and align objects; and
(F) scale and array objects.
(7) The student demonstrates the use of grips in drawings.
The student is expected to:
(A) apply grips to stretch, move, rotate, scale, mirror,
and copy objects;
(B) demonstrate the use of Quick Properties and the
Properties palette to access CADD tools; and
(C) create selections by using the Quick Select dialog
(8) The student demonstrates the use of scale and dimension
standards and practices. The student is expected to:
(A) apply standard dimensioning rules;
(B) draw scales and dimensions;
(C) create, edit, and manage dimension styles;
(D) add linear and angular dimensions to a drawing;
(E) draw datum and chain dimensions;
(F) dimension circles and arcs;
(G) control the appearance of existing dimensions and
dimension text; and
(H) change dimension line spacing and alignment.
(9) The student creates and demonstrates standard blocks
using tool palettes. The student is expected to:
(A) create and save text information blocks;
(B) insert blocks into a drawing;
(C) edit and update a block in a drawing;
(D) create blocks as a drawing file;
(E) construct and use a symbol library of blocks; and
(F) purge unused items from a drawing.
(10) The student prepares surface developments. The
student is expected to:
(A) prepare developments of prisms, cylinders, cones,
(B) prepare developments of a transition piece; and
(C) prepare drawings involving intersecting pieces.
(11) The student designs and prepares basic architectural
drawings. The student is expected to:
(A) solve design problems to gain new perspectives;
(B) apply critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
to develop creative solutions for design problems;
(C) draw a site plan;
(D) draw a floor plan;
(E) draw interior and exterior elevations;
(F) draw a roof plan;
(G) prepare door and window schedules;
(H) draw wall sections;
(I) draw a plot plan; and
(J) draw an electrical and reflected ceiling plan.
(12) The student designs and prepares a technical drawing.
The student is expected to:
(A) draw individual parts;
(B) draw the closed assembly drawings per the parts;
(C) draw and explode the assembly with the parts list.