Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)


Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) is a rapidly emerging technological area that consists of many disciplines, different software, and constant learning cycles. This program provides the student with a background in the fundamentals of drafting along with preparation to develop state-of-the-art skills in CADD technology. The curriculum covers the principles, methods, and techniques of CADD in various disciplines. These disciplines will include: mechanical, architectural, civil, 3D, presentation graphics, and other smaller disciplines. Graduates typically find employment with fabricators, architects, engineering firms, mapping companies, construction companies, service bureaus, and other specialty shops. Gainful Employment Disclosure

Learning Objectives

Graduates with the Associate in Science Degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design will function at an entry level position in architectural firms, engineering firms, mapping companies, and construction companies with the following skills:

  • do board drafting and procedures including use of drawing board standards, sketching, orthographic projection, auxiliary, and sectional views for engineering, construction, and manufacturing processes.
  • use 3D techniques and operations using AutoCAD, including wireframes, surfaces, solid models, full 3D design, shading, and photo-realistic imaging.
  • use AutoCAD and 3D Studio VIZ to create advanced 3D models for still images and animations, and able to combine digital photography with the 3D models.
  • create civil drafting and mapping documents using manual and CADD tools, based on the principles of civil drafting and the basics of mapping including traditional survey methods, GPS, GIS, data collection, plots and profiles, topography and earthwork.
  • create style sheets with text fonts and graphics utilizing a variety of software. solve problems individually.
  • work in a team or group environment.


AAS Program: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry required. Certificate Program: Algebra I required; Algebra II and Geometry desired.