Explore Academic Programs - Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)


The Computer-Aided Drafting and Design department is dedicated to giving students successful employability in their chosen specialty area of design. Whether you are seeking to update your job skills for a job promotion or to learn skills for a new career, we can provide the education you need.

The opportunities for design drafters in Texas is very bright with many manufacturing and construction industries expected to experience double-digit growth in the coming years. New applications such as 3D printing, building information modeling and 3D visualization can prepare you to take advantage of these new opportunities.

Many of our professors have professional registrations and many years of experience. We know the skills necessary for successful employability. Our courses give you exposure to a variety of specialty design areas while allowing you the opportunity to focus on your area of interest. You will learn how to apply your critical thinking skills, work skills, industry specific procedures and 3D prototyping to create great new opportunities for yourself.


Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Architectural and Engineering Drafters

Potential Earnings: $51,640 annual

Market Growth Rate: 5% to 9%


Drafter, All Others

Potential Earnings: $50,470 annual

Market Growth Rate: 5% to 9%

Electronic and Electrical Drafters

Potential Earnings: $59,970 annual

Market Growth Rate: 5% to 9%

Mechanical Drafters

Potential Earnings: $54,480 annual

Market Growth Rate: 5% to 9%


Degrees and Certificates

Delivery Mode

Associate of Applied Science

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

60 credit hours, four semesters full time

Central Campus Day

Central Campus Evening & Weekend

Certificate of Completion

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

26 credit hours, two semesters full time

Central Campus Day

Central Campus Evening & Weekend

Occupational Skills Achievement Certificate

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (OSA)

12 credit hours

Central Campus Day

Central Campus Evening & Weekend