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Computer Assisted Design and Drafting

The Computer Assisted Design and Drafting (CADD) program equips students with computer drafting and design skills in a wide range of disciplines.  Students learn technical skills that are applied to the various drafting fields, including architecture, engineering, and product design. Students experience manual drafting; 2D drafting in AutoCAD; as well as 3D rendering and animation techniques using AutoCAD, Inventor, and 3D Studio Max.  Students will learn the design process while developing their creativity through critical thinking and a critical eye for aesthetics.  As a means of furthering their design ideas, students will participate in a variety of hands-on modeling techniques.  Students will also develop an understanding of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and various aspects of the manufacturing process.  At the completion of the CADD program, students will be prepared for employment as well as higher education.

Program Outcome

Whether designing a downtown skyscraper, a roller coaster at a theme park, or an automobile, an architect’s job doesn’t solely focus on aesthetics.  Rather, he or she must take function, safety, cost, and feasibility into account when undertaking a project.  The CADD program readies students for such a mindset moving forward.  Successful graduates may continue their education at a two or four-year college working towards a career as an architect, CAD operator, draftsperson, civil technician, land surveyor, engineer, mechanical drawer, or industrial design technician.  Successful CADD graduates may be eligible for college credits at several two and four-year colleges and universities.

Program Highlights:

  • Through skills learned, students take a solid first step towards rewarding careers in the areas of architecture, technical design, or structural engineering
  • Students also gain experience in poster design, vinyl lettering, glass etching, as well as working with a CNC milling machine
  • Various state-of-the-art software programs allow students to understand function while utilizing their imaginations
  • Past CADD students are employed at PSEG, M. Davis & Sons, Inc. and several independent architectural firms

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