Computer Aided Design Technology


The Computer Aided Design Technology (CAD) student is taught to translate the ideas, notes, rough sketches, specifications, and calculations of engineers, architects, and designers into working drawings, which are used by skilled craftsman in manufacturing products. Instruction in the fundamentals of material selection, strength and manufacturing processes are included in the program. 

The CAD program includes technical illustration and drawing techniques, the use of engineering handbooks and tables, Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD), rapid prototyping systems and other physical sciences. Students may specialize in Mechanical Design, Architectural Design or obtain a working knowledge of both areas. All instruction is self paced with emphasis on the use of CADD and 3D Parametric Design. 

All course material prepares students for certification by American Design Drafting Association (ADDA); Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) exam; and AutoDesk Certified Associate exams. 

Students may qualify for the latest educational versions of AutoDesk Inventor and AutoCAD at no cost.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time, Part Time
Typical Program Length 16 Months
Clock Hours 1,728
Class Type Day
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $5,492.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,570.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Drafting and CAD Technician1,728Diploma
Mechanical Drafter1,728Diploma
Residential Architecture Drafter1,728Diploma

Campus Locations

Main Campus
821 West Louise Ave
Morristown, TN 37813-2094


First Trimester: 
Orientation and Safety
Technology Foundations
Drafting Techniques
Computer Aided Design and Drafting
Worker Characteristic
Second Trimester: 
Technical Drawing
Additive Manufacturing
Worker Characteristic
Third Trimester: 
Drafting Applications (Drafting and CAD Technician)
Working Drawings (Drafting and CAD Technician)
Mechanical Design I (Mechanical Drafter)
Residential Architecture I (Residential Architecture Drafter)
Worker Characteristic (all)
Fourth Trimester: 
Solid Modeling (Drafting and CAD Technician)
3D Illustration (Drafting and CAD Technician)
Animation (Drafting and CAD Technician)
Rendering (Drafting and CAD Technician)
Mechanical Design II (Mechanical Drafter)
Residential Architecture II (Residential Architecture Drafter)
Professional Development (all)
Worker Characteristic (all)

Books and Supplies Lists


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