Mechanical and Architectural CAD Lab

Student using a tool to create blueprints

The Mechanical and Architectural Design CAD Lab is located in Room 215 of the Applied Technology Center. Grand Rapids Community College  is an open-access college that prepares individuals to attain their goals and contribute to the community. It is the mission of Grand Rapids Community College's Tutoring Labs to empower students to become independent, lifelong learners.

Our goals are to:

  • Assist students to be successful with their coursework in line with classroom instruction.
  • Engage students in their college experience by creating opportunities to interact with peers, faculty and staff based on individuals’ learning goals.
  • Assist students to learn and apply the skills to become more independent learners.

 Winter 2019 Hours:


12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tuesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:45 pm


*Directions to download SolidWorks 2018 - 2019 from the web site has been added to the Helpful Links. This is also available on the Mechanical & Architectural Design / CAD Lab Blackboard site.

The Mechanical and Architectural Design CAD Lab is a drop-in center where tutors assist students who are enrolled in architecture and engineering programs. Students may come into the lab and do their Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) homework. Should you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact

The Mechanical and Architectural Design / CAD Lab shares a space with the ATC Tutorial and Open Computer Lab in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center in room 215. 

***To know what Software Help is by time each day, please log into the Mechanical and Architectural Design / CAD Lab Blackboard site. Check out the site for other useful tips and help also!

We offer tutoring in the following classes:

Course Number Course Title       Course Number Course Title
AR105 Construction Materials 1   DR 190 Introduction to Mechanical Concepts
AR106 Construction Materials 2   DR 212 Tool Design
AR112 Mechanical and Electrical Drafting   DR 224 Die Design
AR 119 Introduction to Architectural CAD   DR 225 Advanced Die Design
AR 120 Architectural Working Drawings 1   DR 229 Detail Drafting
AR 121 Architectural Working Drawings 2   DR 241 Mold Design Theory
AR 129 Architectural 3D CAD   DR 258 Introduction to Pro-Engineering
AR 201 Architectural Graphics 1   DR 259 Advanced Part Design and Sheet Metal Design
AR 202 Architectural Graphics 2   DR 260 Introduction to Catia
AR 208 Design Studio: Commercial Building Design   DR 265 Introduction to Designing with Surfaces
AR 218 Design Studio: Commercial Building Design   DR 279 Team Design Project
DR 140 Introduction to Inventor   EG 110 Industrial Graphics with CAD
DR 150 Introduction to SolidWorks   EG 201 Advanced Engineering Graphics
DR 180 Intermediate SolidWorks   MN 114 Machine Trades Blueprint Reading