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Computer-Aided Drafting and Design


Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) Technology involves the design of structures, objects, and materials in a 3D space using specialized computer software.

Clark's CADD program immerses students in CADD technology, allowing them to develop practical skills using industry-standard software and equipment. Emphasis is placed on computer-based CADD curriculum including MicroStation or Rhinoceros 3D application software. 

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Keith Stansbury
Computer Aided Drafting & Design Program Advisor

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Designing Products for Everday Needs

The world of Computer Aided Design & Drafting offers a range of opportunities. Individuals trained in CADD can help design products for consumer use or create virtual simulations for development projects and land-use planning. CADD drafters work in a variety of fields that include architecture, electronics, and aeronautical industries that make use of digital drafting and design.

Clark offers three concentrated tracks within the Computer Aided Design & Drafting Technology program:

Architectural CADD 

Architectural CADD focuses on AutoCAD and Revit software applications. Architectural drafting classes are taught by a licensed architect. 

Mechanical CADD

Mechanical CADD provides a familiarity with SolidWorks and exposure to AutoCAD. Instruction is provided by trained engineers.

Civil CADD 

Civil CADD focuses on AutoCAD and Civil 3D with exposure to GIS, and includes courses from Clark College’s Surveying and Geomatics program. Instruction is provided by civil engineers, surveyors, and civil drafters.


Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for CADD drafters vary depending on the industry and exist in a variety of formats: computer-aided design operator, drafting technician, architectural drafter, civil drafter, and draftsperson.

Clark's program offers a Certificate of Proficiency (CP) and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) options. Our certificate program prepares students for entry-level work as a CADD drafter. The AAS program is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree program in engineering or architecture.