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Computer Aided Drafting & Design Certificate

Program OverviewCourse GuideAdditional Information
Students completing the Computer Aided Drafting & Design Certificate will be prepared for entry- level mechanical design and layout for the manufacturing industry. In addition, basic construction design work will be introduced. The student will be able to use current CADD software for both 2-D and 3-D presentations. The certificate is designed to articulate credit for Career Technical Education students from regional K-12 programs. This certificate may be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science in Technology.

Required Coursework (30 hours)

CIS 101 Introduction to Computers & Software* 4 credits
INDS 151 Manufacturing Processes 3 credits
CADD 215 Basic AutoCad 3 credits
CADD 216 Advanced AutoCad* 3 credits
CADD 217 Computer Aided 3D Modeling – Inventor* 3 credits
CADD 218 Computer Aided 3D Modeling- Solidworks* 3 credits
CADD 219 Advanced Computer Aided Drafting 3D Modeling 3 credits
CADD 220 Architectural Drawing 3 credits
CADD 221 3D Architecture Modeling* 3 credits
CADD 222 Descriptive Geometry* 3 credits
CADD 230 Capstone Project* 2 credits
Total: 30 credits
*Course has a prerequisite


Computer Aided Drafting & Design Certificate
Scope & Sequence

Fall 1 Winter 1 Fall 2 Winter 2
CIS 101 CADD 216 CADD 217 CADD 218
CADD 215 CADD 222 INDS 151 OR
CADD 220 CADD 219
CADD 221
CADD 230


Applied Science and Technology Degree – CADD Certificate
Scope & Sequence

Fall 1 Winter 1 Fall 2 Winter 2
CADD 215 BUS 111 CADD 217 CADD 218
CIS 101 CADD 216 CADD 220 CADD 221
ENG 121 CADD 222 INDS 151 CADD 230
MATH 100 COM 150 PSY 101 PHYS 155
SOC 120


Effective: Fall 2015
Updated: 3/17/16


Technician Certificate
Although the Bureau of Labor
Statistics predicts
slower-than-average job growth for
the drafting field overall between
2012 and 2022, electrical and
electronics drafters are projected
to experience job growth at 10
percent, which is closer to the
national average of all careers at
11 percent. Expertise in the
latest industry software may
increase the likelihood of
securing employment in this field.

Computer Aided Drafting & Design operators (or drafters) are a crucial part of any business relating to manufacturing or engineering. Drafters will convert the technical drawings of architects and engineers into digital designs that are used to produce everything from the smallest circuitry to the largest building.

Companies desire specially trained drafters who have gone through a technical program to develop the skills needed to not only create the designs but those who can also work from rough sketches, design products themselves, or use their own knowledge to further develop another drafter’s designs. A solid understanding of science, drawing and mathematics are important for drafters in any field.

Types of drafters include: architectural, civil, electrical, electronics and mechanical. Several fields may require visits to building sites and interaction with other drafters, so good interpersonal communication skills are important.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor, drafters in this specialized area report an annual median salary of $51,940.

CADD Certification

This certificate is ideal for the individual who can create organized and precise designs and who is looking for a field that offers a wide variety of industries in which he or she can work. The 28-credit certificate applies toward the Associate of Applied Science in Business degree or the Associate of Applied Science in Technology degree.

Associate of Applied
Science in Technology

This flexible associate degree provides a wide range of experience aimed at helping students move directly into the workplace upon graduation.

Is this for me?

CADD designers are technical and have an eye for detail and design. They are focused on the specifications of their designs, while mastering the technical software tools and technologies. An understanding of spacial relations is beneficial in this highly visual field.