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 Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $5,124.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $920.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Assistant Drafter432Certificate
Detail Drafter864Certificate
Drafting and CAD Technician1728Diploma
Mechanical Drafter1728Diploma
Residential Architectural Drafter1728Diploma
Structural Drafter1728Diploma

Campus Locations

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

Job Duties

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 1,280

Current job openings per year: 130


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

Books and Supplies Lists


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