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


The opportunities for design drafters in Texas are 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.

Learn the skills you need to get a job. 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.

Our new self-paced format allows you to create your own schedule, starting with three to four classes at the beginning of the semester. As you master course content, you can start additional courses providing you the opportunity to complete a certificate or degree quickly to get the job of your dreams.


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

This program offers a unique, self-paced course schedule. You'll start with three to four courses beginning in the fall or spring semester, and work at their own pace during lab hours with an instructor or lab assistants available for assistance. Instructors provide optional workshops on complex concepts and provide shortcuts and tips and tricks to help you move forward faster. 

When coursework is complete, you can sign up for an additional course at any time during the semester - allowing quicker completion of the certificate or degree.

Know Your Path? CTC Pathways

Computer Aided Drafting and Design Pathway

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