Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) A.A.S.

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Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) A.A.S.

Department: Computer-Aided Drafting

Total Credit Hours: 66-68 credits

These technicians operate computer aided design systems to produce final design specification and drawings for new products. Works as a team member with development engineers, marketing analysts and industrial designers assigned to a specific product.

What Is CAD?

This program option provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of computer-aided drafting (CAD). Students will be able to choose from a list of optional CAD courses to allow emphasis in architectural, industrial, civil or broad scope applications as desired. Additional courses in science and math are required.

Occupation Overview

These technicians (i.e. drafting technicians or "drafters") operate computer-aided design systems to produce final specifications and drawings for new designs. A drafter may work as a team member with engineers, analysts, architects, other drafters and/or designers assigned to a specific design. Drafters use special computer software for producing, communicating and revising detailed specifications and drawings.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of computer-aided design technicians is expected to have varied growth through 2018 depending on the industry.

Local/regional placement and outlook have been higher than average compared to the national outlook.

Salary Outlook

Nationally, people established in their career generally earn between $37,840-$59,740 per year. Exceptional performers can earn in excess of $73,050.

Exceptional performers can earn in excess of $73,050.

CAD graduates typically average between $15-$28/hour. Opportunities for advancement and promotion after entry-level employment are typically higher with a CAD Associate of Applied Science degree as compared to a CAD Certificate of Achievement.

Sources: FOCUS Online Career and Education Planning Systems.

CAD Careers

SCC graduates are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: Aeronautical drafter, architectural drafter, automotive design drafter, CAD drafter, civil drafter, controls designer, construction designer, designer, detail drafter, detailer, die designer, die-drawing checker, drawings checker, electrical drafter, estimator, government recordkeeper, factory layout drafter, HVAC drafter, industrial drafter, manufacturing technician, patent drafter, product design drafter, project designer/manager, SolidWorks designer, structural drafter, technical illustrator tooling designer.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements (34-35 credits)
Mathematics MAT 150 and
MAT 162 or
MAT 171
Trigonometry and
College Algebra-STEM or
Pre-Calculus Math
4 or
Communication ENG 101
ENG 115
SPE 101
English Composition I
Technical Writing
Oral Communications
Social Science HIS 101, 102, 115, 270, POL 101, or 102 US History or American Government 3
Natural Science PHY 150/153 Physics I and Lab 4
Elective CPT/BTC 103
ART 1400
Any 2 general electives
Microcomputer Applications
Drawing I
Any course 100 level or higher
Core Course Requirements (12 credits)
CDM 103 Introduction to CAD Systems 2
CDM 104 CAD Systems II 3
CDM 205 or
CDM 207
Architectural Drafting I or
Revit Architectural Drafting I
CDM 221 Solid Modeling I 3
CDM 298 CAD Capstone 1
Electives** (20-21 credits)
CDM 120 Descriptive Geometry 2
CDM 205 Architectural Drafting I 3
CDM 206 Architectural Drafting II 3
CDM 207 Revit Architecture I 3
CDM 208 Revit Architecture II 3
CDM 209 Construction Materials 3
CDM 210 HVAC Drafting 3
CDM 211 Structural Drafting 3
CDM 212 Electrical/Electronic Drafting 3
CDM 222 Solid Modeling II 3
CDM 223 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance 3
CDM 227 Revit MEP 3
CDM 235 Manufacturing Processes 3
CDM 251 Introduction to Piping Drafting 3
CDM 255 Civil Drafting 3
CDM 265 Sustainable Design 3
CDM 270 Externship* 3
CPM 220 3 D Animation 3
GEO 120 Introduction to GIS 3
GEO 225 Advanced GIS 3
Total Required Hours: 66-68 credits

* The Academic Skills Assessment is required before enrolling in Math or English courses. If a student places into lower level courses than are required for his/her degree, then the student needs to first enroll in lower level courses before enrolling in the courses needed for graduation.

** CDM electives listed above. Choose 20-21 hours.

***General Elective: Choose any course 100 level or higher.

Students completing this program will be assessed in program-related competencies and general education. (CDM 298- CAD Capstone)

For more information, please contact department chair David Niermann at 636-922-8561 or

Suggested Schedule Planning


First Semester (17-18 credits)
CDM 103 Intro to CAD System 2
CDM 104 CAD Systems II 3
ENG 101 English Composition I * 3
CPT/BTC 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
MAT 171 Pre-Calculus or both MAT 150 & MAT 162* 6 or 7
Second Semester (15-16 credits)
ENG 115 Technical Writing 3
ART 1400 Drawing I 3
Pick two CDM Electives ** 5-6
PHY 150/153 General Physics I 4
Summer Semester (3 credits)
General Elective *** 3
Third Semester (15 credits)
CDM 205 or
CDM 207
Architectural Drafting I or
Revit Architectural I
General Elective*** 3
Pick two CDM Electives ** 6
CDM 221 Solid Modeling I 3
Fourth Semester (16 credits)
Social Science HIS 101, 102, 115, 270, POL 101, or 102 3
SPE 101 Oral Communications 3
Pick three CDM Electives ** 9
CDM 298 CAD/CAM Capstone 1
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 66-68 credits

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