Glen Oaks Community College

Computer Aided Drafting & Design Certificate

Are you a visual learner? Do you like puzzles? Are you interested in becoming an engineer.

CADD is the creation of tools, buildings, and machinery using 3D computer software.

One computer monitor with a cam software and the finished product near it (3d render)
Program Information

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.

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.


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.

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.

Apply your certificate toward a degree

The 28-credit certificate applies toward the Associate of Applied Science in Business degree or the Associate of Applied Science in Technology degree.