Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)

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The two-year Computer Aided Design and Drafting program is a technical curriculum designed to assist students in acquiring basic attitudes, skills and knowledge necessary to successfully enter drafting occupations. The first year of study provides a sound general background, while the second year provides more specific coverage of major occupational areas, such as civil, mechanical, electronic, architectural and technical illustration.

All CADD students planning to complete the program within a two-year period are advised, as minimal requirements, should have a ninth-grade reading level and be prepared to register for MTH95. Mathematics are important in this program. Students are required to complete MTH111 College Algebra, as well as several engineering courses that require math skills. Students may take general education courses at night, but most technical courses are offered only during the day. Students may attend on a part-time basis or start in the fall with little difficulty. Students starting winter, spring or summer terms may encounter some difficulty in scheduling sequence courses with prerequisites. Many of the technical courses must be taken in a sequential order beginning fall term.

Classes are held in well-equipped classrooms and laboratories. Computer Aided Drafting work stations are used in all courses. Current industry-standard versions of Autodesk series software and Solidworks are used in engineering graphics classes.

The lab is outfitted with multiple 3D rapid prototyping printers. Printers take an STL file of a 3D solid model and will print the model as a solid object. If we can imagine it, we can build it. The process is additive, adding layer upon layer of material to make a part. Typical print times are a couple hours. The printers are used to simulate a manufacturing experience in class, design through production. Students use the 3D printers to make anything from hanging Christmas decorations to robots.

Check out our Computer Aided Design and Drafting Program Handout (pdf)

For more information please email Perry Carmichael at