Computer Aided Design Technology


The Computer Aided Design Technology (CAD) student is taught to translate the ideas, notes, rough sketches, specifications, and calculations into working drawings, which are used by skilled craftsman. Instruction in the fundamentals of material selection, strength and manufacturing processes are included in the program.

The CAD program includes technical illustration and drawing techniques, the use of engineering handbooks and tables, Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD), rapid prototyping systems and other physical sciences. Students may specialize in Mechanical Design, Architectural Design, Structural Design or Civil and obtain a working knowledge of all disciplines. All instruction is self paced with emphasis on the use of CADD and 3D Parametric Design.

SDS/2 (formerly Design Data) is a leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software innovator for the construction industry's fabrication, detailing and engineering sectors.

All course material prepares students for certification by American Design Drafting Association (ADDA); NOCTI, also Solid Professor Engineering Services.




Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 16 Months
Clock Hours 1,728
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,984.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,315.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Assistant Drafter432Certificate
Detail Drafter864Certificate
Drafting and CAD Technician1728Diploma
Residential Architecture Drafter1728Diploma
Civil Drafter1728Diploma
Mechanical Drafter1728Diploma
Structural Drafter1728Diploma

Campus Locations

Main Campus
2468 Technology Center Dr.
Jackson, TN 38301

Job Duties

Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 870

Current job openings per year: 100

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