Skills Certificate, CAD Technician

Program Description 

The Drafting and CAD Skills Certificate is designed to provide training and technical job skills to students seeking employment and/or skill upgrades. A drafting technician works with designers and engineers within a variety of industries including manufacturing, architecture, construction, and landscaping. The program is competency-based. Students complete a variety of hands-on learning exercises ranging from manually produced drawings to intermediate computerized two-dimensional projects. 

This program is not eligible for financial aid. However, it may be eligible for scholarship funding if the student is awarded scholarships.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
DFT 100 Basic Drafting Principles 3
DFT 110 Print Reading for Industry 3
CADD 100 Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting 3
 Semester Total9
2nd semester
CADD 105 Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting 3
CADD 140 Technical Drafting I 3
CADD 141 Technical Drafting II 3
 Semester Total9
3rd semester
CADD 142 Technical Drafting III 3
 Semester Total3
 Total Units21

Skills Certificates provide training for entry level positions or career advancement and are designed to prepare students to take state, national and/or industry-recognized certifications or licensing exams. Skills certificates are awarded upon completion of coursework and marked on a student's transcripts at the end of the semester (Student are unable to declare intent to complete a skills certificate.) Skills Certificates are not eligible for Financial Aid. 

To earn a skills certificate, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  2. Have no financial or library obligation to the college
Certificate Requirements
DFT 100Basic Drafting Principles3
DFT 110Print Reading for Industry3
CADD 100Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting3
CADD 105Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting3
CADD 140Technical Drafting I3
CADD 141Technical Drafting II3
CADD 142Technical Drafting III3
Total Units21

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Demonstrate academic and practical knowledge of drafting standards and theory as it relates to working with designers and engineers within a variety of industries including manufacturing, architecture, and construction. 
  • Prepare technical drawings and presentations demonstrating understanding of manual and CAD drawings techniques. 
  • Be eligible to take the ADDA (AD) Apprentice Drafter and/or (CD) Certified Drafter Exams and/or the Autodesk Certified Professional Exam.