The Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the drafting field. Students prepare for advanced CAD applications through an introductory set of CAD-based curriculum. Students will gain experience using dedicated architectural, civil, and mechanical software.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Integrate fundamental theoretical and conceptual considerations in design process and problem solving.
- Present professional demeanor and attitude individually and collectively as a team member.
- Recognize and follow professional protocol for industry standards appropriate to course level.
- Demonstrate cogent oral, written, drafting and computational skills appropriate to the course content and course level.
Academic Entrance Requirements
- High school diploma or GED
- Completion of WR 065 Rhetoric and Critical Thinking II or higher or minimum placement Wr/Comm Level 7
- Completion of MTH 060 Beginning Algebra or higher or minimum placement Math Level 10
- Basic computer competency or CIS 010 Computer Keyboarding and CIS 070 Introduction to Computers: Windows
Other Entrance Requirements
All students enrolled in the program (which includes options for cooperative work experience) may have to pass a criminal history checks (CHC) as a condition of their acceptance into a worksite. Students who do not pass the CHC may not be eligible to complete requirements at affiliated practicum sites or be hired for some professional positions. Students who believe their history may interfere with their ability to complete the program of study should contact the program director or department chair.
Additional Program Costs (Beyond Standard Tuition/Fees and Textbooks)
- 32+ GB portable storage (USB or SSD drive): $20 - $100
- A desktop or laptop computer capable of running the latest version of the Windows operating system and the latest version of Microsoft Office: approximately $800
- Reliable high-speed internet access
Planning is important. Most option courses are offered once per academic year and many need to be taken in sequence. Some core classes are offered once every two years. Students may take non-program support courses any term to build skills related to prerequisites.
This program is designed for students planning to enter their chosen career upon graduation. Often only selected credits are considered transferable to public or private baccalaureate institutions.