Computer-Aided Drafting Diploma Program

Computer-Aided Drafting Diploma Program

In the Computer-Aided Drafting Diploma program, also known as CAD, students are taught to use the software that enables them to create drawings that are used in architecture, engineering and manufacturing. This training leads to a hands-on, computer and technology-driven career path. 

Program length – 10 months


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On campus program

Students are taught to use Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) software. Curriculum includes learning to:

  • Prepare two-dimensional CAD drawings and three-dimensional CAD solid models
  • Read and interpret drawings across different drafting disciplines
  • Communicate conceptual ideas both graphically and dimensionally through sketches and drawings
  • Use cloud storage technology and database management systems basics

The course capstone is an industrial externship or internship. Students also compile both a digital portfolio and video portfolio of their CADD experiences. 


Upon successful completion of the program, students can seek entry-level employment as a CAD drafter in an architectural or engineering department or a related field. Possible job titles include:
  • Architectural Drafter
  • CAD Technician 
  • Draftsman
  • Civil Drafter
  • Drafting Technician
  • CAD Designer
There are 9,500 projected job openings for architectural drafters through 2026.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Architectural Drafters, retrieved 10/08/2018

Rockford, IL