Drafting and CAD Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Description

In the Drafting & CAD Technology program, students acquire the skills necessary for entry-level drafting jobs in the design/drafting industry using computer-based systems to produce technical illustrations used in manufacturing, production, and construction. Sometimes called a CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) technician, students will create design concepts that are workable in the real world. Using the CAD software, students perform calculations, develop simulations, and manipulate and modify the displayed material. Although most drafters work at computer terminals much of the time, students will also learn traditional drafting which entails creating manual drawings at drafting tables.

Year 1Credits
DDSN 113 - Technical Drafting3  
DDSN 118 - CAD I4  
CSTN 148 - Blueprints, Codes, and Estimating3  
M 111 - Technical Mathematics3  
COMX 115 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication3  
DDSN 135 - SolidWorks I recommended pre-req  3
DDSN 166 - Revit I recommended pre-req  3
DDSN 245 - Civil Drafting recommended pre-req  3
DDSN 112 - Professional Practices  3
CSTN 173 - Arch Construct and Material  3
MFTG 205 - Manufacturing Process  3
Year Total: 16 18
Year 2Credits
DDSN 215 - Mechanical Detailing*
or CSTN 248 - Plans Examining II - IBC - Commercial Codes, Blueprint Reading, and Estimating
DDSN 235 - SolidWorks II*
or DDSN 266 - Revit II
DDSN 236 - Product Design Challenges*
or DDSN 265 - Architectural Drafting
DDSN 275 - Computer Rendering3  
ITS 280 - Computer Repair Maintenance4  
DDSN 291 - Special Topics (Construction Visualization)  3
DDSN 299 - Capstone  3
DDSN 298 - Internship  4
WRIT 104 - Workplace Communications  2
Advisor-approved Elective  3
Year Total: 16 15
Total Program Credits: 65
recommended pre-req

DDSN 118 or DDSN 131 or IDSN 230


First class: Industrial Design Focus

Second class: Architectural Focus

Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and English placement before planning out their full program schedules.

A grade of “C-” or above is required for graduation in each course.

Students wishing to apply comparative course work for Degree and/or Prerequisite credit must have received a B or better in that course work and receive Program Director approval.