Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) C.A.

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Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) C.A.

Department: Computer-Aided Drafting

Total Credit Hours: 31 credits

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Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (3 credits)
Elective CPT/BTC 103 or Microcomputer Applications 3
CPT 170 Spreadsheet Applications - Excel
Core Course Requirements (16 credits)
CDM 103 CAD Systems I 3
CDM 104 CAD Systems II 3
CDM 205  Architectural Drafting I 3
CDM 207 Revit Architecture I 3
CDM 221 Solid Modeling I 3
CDM 298 CAD Capstone 1
Electives  (12 credits)
CDM 120 Descriptive Geometry 2
CDM 206 Architectural Drafting II 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 210 Digital Photo Editing 3
CPM 220 3D Animation 3
EGR 104 3D Animation Engineering Design 3
GEO 120 Introduction to GIS 3
GEO 225 Advanced GIS 3
MFG 101 Principles of Safety 3
MFG 111 Principles of Quality Practices 3
MFG 130 Basic Blueprint Reading 3
MFG 201 Principles of Manufacturing Processes and Production 3
Total Required Hours: 31 credits

What Is CAD?

This certificate provides the student with knowledge of computer-aided drafting (CAD) while requiring a shorter time commitment than the Associate of Applied Science degree.

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 has been realizing better than average as compared to the national outlook.

Salary Outlook

CAD graduates typically average between $14-$22/hour. Future promotion and advancement may be more limited with a Certificate of Achievement as compared to an Associate of Applied Science degree.

CAD graduates typically average between $14-22 per hour.

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: Architectural drafter, automotive design drafter, CAD drafter, civil drafter, construction design, designer, detail drafter, detailer, die designer, die-drawing checker, drawings checker, electrical drafter, estimator, government record keeper, factory layout drafter, HVAC drafter, industrial drafter, manufacturing technician, product design drafter, SolidWorks designer, structural drafter, technical illustrator, tooling designer.

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