What is Computer Aided Drafting and Design?
Do you have an idea that you want to produce? Are you meticulous and detail oriented? Then you have the right skills to be a design drafter. Drafting is a graphic language used by industry to communicate ideas and plans from the creative design stage through production. A computer aided drafter and designer is a technical specialist with broad-based skills for mechanical, parametric modeling, civil, architectural (and Building Information Modeling) and manufacturing fields. The drafter is a skilled technician with a thorough understanding of the graphic language and is an indispensable contributor to the engineering design team.
Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) utilizes two- and three-dimensional modeling with conventional methods of graphic communication to solve basic design-related problems. Students will be exposed to both theory and laboratory projects as they learn to create a variety of drawings. Specific skills taught include, but are not limited to: lettering, geometric construction, orthographic projections, dimensioning and tolerancing, technical processes, and various discipline drawings and media.
The computer aided drafting curriculum is utilizing the newest in rapid prototyping technology to fabricate material objects directly from CAD solid models. The rapid prototype technology/process is a tool: an alternative solution to a spectrum of design and manufacturing challenges. The CADD program will prepare you to design 3D models utilizing various computer software programs and construct physical prototype models.
Program Standing: Progression in the Computer Aided Drafting and Design program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of C or greater in each technical and mathematics course with maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or above (on a 4 scale).
What are my career options?
Computer Drafters are employed by architectural firms, engineering firms, construction companies, government agencies, public utilities, and employment services.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Students can earn the Associate in Applied Science in General Occupational/Technical Studies. This degree provides flexible alternatives for meeting student and employer needs. Credit earned through certificate and diploma program completion is applicable toward the Applied Science degree in General Occupational/Technical Studies degree when consistent with the objectives of the students individual plan of study.
Length of Program
Students seeking a diploma can complete their plan of study in four semesters by completing a total of 45 credit hours of technical and general education courses. Certificates embedded within the diploma may be awarded as credential requirements are met. An Associate in Applied Science in General Occupational/Technical Studies (AAS-GOTS) degree can be completed by meeting the diploma requirements and completing additional general education requirements for a total of 60-76 credit hours. Day classes and online courses are offered during two 16week semesters (August-December and January- May) each academic year. High school students that have participated in Project Lead the Way programs would be able to challenge courses within this program.
There are no special admission requirements for this program. Please consult WKCTC's general admission requirements.
Industry related associations:
- American Design Drafting Association is an international non-profit, professional membership and educational organization.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
Field Licensure Requirements
Some employers require Autodesk certification. Autodesk certification is not required to complete the program at the college, but students are encouraged to become Autodesk certified to improve their job prospects.