Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
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Associate of Science
Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

13 months

Complete the Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program in as few as 13 months with year round, full time enrollment.

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Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Overview

Advancements in technology have enabled today's industries to embrace Computer-Aided Drafting and Design in ways never thought possible. ECPI University's computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) program provides the technical skills needed to enter various engineering fields. As a student, you can expect to problem-solve your way through different engineering systems using industry-standard computer design software and equipment.

Through a hands-on curriculum, you'll establish a solid foundation of practical skills in multi-dimensional drawings, models, and designs to support different engineering projects. CADD designers and operators are the brilliant minds behind some of the products you use every day. With help from innovative design software and tools, their ideas are turned into real-world objects that help not only individuals but entire industries.


Program Requirements for Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

Core Curriculum

28 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CAD104Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing3
CAD106Civil CAD Design3
CAD108Architectural CAD Design3
CAD110Building Information Management (BIM)3
CAD112AutoCAD Electrical3
EET191Materials Science3
EET192Graphics Communication3
EET192LIntroduction to 3-D Modeling LAB1
MET213Advanced 3-D Modeling3


7 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CIS106Introduction to Operating Systems3
COR191Career Orientation1
FOR110Essentials for Success3

Arts and Sciences

19 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
ENG110College Composition3
HUM205Culture and Diversity: Exploring the Humanities3
MTH131College Algebra3
PHY120LPhysics LAB1
PSY105Introduction to Psychology3


9 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BUS102Fundamentals of Customer Service3
BUS121Introduction to Business3
EET113DC & AC Circuits3
EET200Externship-EET III3
EET223Electronic Devices & Operational Amplifiers3
ET210Capstone Project3
ET210LCapstone Project Lab1
MET114Introduction to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)3
MET221Manufacturing Processes3
MET230Hydraulics & Pneumatics Systems3
MET230LHydraulics & Pneumatics Systems LAB1
MTH220Applied Calculus I3
Program Description

About Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

Computer-aided drafting and design is the process of creating, modifying, analyzing, or optimizing a design through specialized computer software. Individuals in this field will design various products and virtual simulations for a variety of industries. CAD operators work with engineers to develop comprehensive design documentation for engineering projects, including graphical presentations, animations, and prototypes.

They play a vital role in the design process, from conception to the final design. Our curriculum provides a foundation for employment in several private and public sectors, including the automotive industry, aerospace industry, automation and manufacturing, architectural and civil firms.

Computer-Aided Drafting & Design graduates are employed in a broad spectrum of areas such as:

  • CAD Designer
  • CAD Technician
  • Mechanical Drafter
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Technical Illustrator

There has never been a better time to explore a future as a CAD designer or engineer.

Possible Career Track

What can I do with an
Associate in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design?

Our curriculum can prepare you for entry-level employment in various public and private industries in such areas as:

  • Automotive industry
  • Aerospace industry
  • Automation and manufacturing
  • Architectural and civil firms

CAD graduates are employed in a variety of positions such as:

  • CAD Designer
  • CAD Technician
  • Mechanical Drafter
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Technical Illustrator

Program Outcomes

Program Objectives

Though a year-round schedule, you could earn an Associate of Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design in as little as 1.5 years! Graduates of the A.S. Computer-Aided Drafting & Design program are expected to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Apply acquired technical and analytical skills related to professional positions in electrical, mechanical, architectural, civil, and related industries.
  • Develop engineering drawings, models, and designs as applied to various engineering fields.
  • Pursue lifelong learning and successful professional careers.
  • Perform as useful team members through adequate oral and written communication skills.
  • Relate and exercise an informed judgment regarding professional and ethical responsibilities.

Program Outcomes

Students in the A.S. Computer-Aided Drafting & Design program will learn to use drafting software to create and visualize design concepts for product manufacturing, architectural designs, and civil infrastructure planning. Upon completion, you will be expected to:

  • Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and tools to various engineering fields.
  • Create digital and physical prototypes using software tools and rapid prototyping technologies.
  • Perform relevant analysis on parts and assemblies by applying tools within CAD software.
  • Operate effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  • Employ written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical areas.
Recommended Certifications

Recommended Certifications for Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

CertifiedIn a competitive job market, certifications are an excellent way to stand out among the competition. Certifications are not required to complete this program; however, ECPI University encourages you to obtain all appropriate certificates to increase potential job opportunities.

ECPI University provides vouchers to take certification exams at a significantly reduced cost. Available certifications for this program include AutoCAD Certified User and Inventor Certified User.

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