Skills Certificate, CAD Technician

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-n learning exercises ranging from manually produced drawings to intermediate computerized two dimensional projects. 


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.

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
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