What is Computer Aided Drafting and Design?
The Computer Aided Drafting and Design program will prepare you for entry-level employment using the Associate of Applied Science degree plan for General Occupational Technical Studies. You may choose from a variety of engineering drafting disciplines that include: Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Civil, and/or Structural. You will learn the graphic language and drawing standards required of a skilled drafter in your chosen field of drafting while using the most advanced and widely used software today.
To be a successful drafter, you should have a curiosity for how things work, patience with both the work at hand and with your fellow-employees, be a problem solver, a team player, and have a spatial aptitude. You'll work closely with engineers to develop detailed drawings and models of parts or assemblies that conform to accepted drawing or discipline standards. The CADD Program is designed to allow you great flexibility in your choice of drafting discipline through the technical electives within the third and fourth semesters. An academic plan is created for you that guides you in achieving your goals.
What are my career choices?
You will develop skills that can be used in architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and manufacturing. Among the major specialties are architectural and mechanical drafting. Architectural drafters draw floor plans, elevations, foundation plans, plot plans, electrical and mechanical systems, pictorial illustrations and structural drawings. They transform ideas and sketches into precise plans. Mechanical drafters:
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.