Computer-Aided Drafting Associate Degree Program
The Computer-Aided Drafting AAS program, also known as CAD, students are taught to use the software that enables them to create drawings that are used in architecture, engineering and manufacturing. This training leads to a hands-on, computer and technology-driven career path.
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Program length – 18 months
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Students are taught to use Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) software to prepare two-dimensional CAD drawings and three-dimensional CAD solid models. They are also taught to read and interpret drawings across different drafting disciplines and to communicate conceptual ideas both graphically and dimensionally through sketches and drawings
The use of cloud storage technology and database management systems are integral to working with CAD software, so students are taught the basics of those systems.
The course capstone is an industrial externship or internship. Students also compile both a digital portfolio and video portfolio of their CADD experiences.
To meet the requirements of an associate degree program, certain general education courses are also included in curriculum, such as: psychology, ethics, government, and life science.
Upon successful completion of the program, students can seek entry-level employment as a CAD drafter in an architectural or engineering department or a related field. Possbile job titles include:
- Architectural Drafter
- CAD Technician
- Civil Drafter
- Drafting Technician
- CAD Designer
There are 11,100 projected job openings for architectural drafters through 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Architectural Drafters, retrieved 8/3/16