The design drafter is a skilled technician who starts with a design and develops the working drawings required to guide the production of machines or products. Drafters interpret engineering information in the form of sketches, plans, and detailed drawings to be used in manufacturing and construction, and may work under engineers. Our program is designed to develop your skills in areas such as freehand sketching, drawing organization, computer-aided drafting (including AutoCAD, Revit, and Sketchup), proper line of work, abstract and mechanical reasoning, spatial relations, and graphic design and layout.
Demand is high for skilled design drafters, and growth is predicated in the field. Drafters are hired by firms of all sizes or are self-employed. Many opportunities exist for drafters, including product design, electronic schematic, sheet metal layout, structural steel detailing, special tools and fixtures, and machine design. The approximate yearly salaries in Texas begin between $25,000 to $30,000 with experienced designers earning between $35,000 to $47,000 annually. Four areas of employment that the drafting courses most benefit:
In order to obtain an overall program certificate for the Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Certificate Program, participants must submit a $50 overall certificate processing fee by the completion of the second course. Upon completion of a certificate program students must notify the Continuing Education office. The Continuing Education office will verify the students completion status and mail the certificate out to the address on record.
Computer Aided Design and Drafting Certificate Courses (6 Required + Capstone + Certificate Program Fee)
AutoCAD Introduction - 20 hours
AutoCAD Advanced 3D - 20 hours
Revit Beginner - 20 hours
Revit Advanced - 20 hours
3D Computer Modeling. Selected any two (2): **
Solidworks - Beginner
Solidworks - Advanced
Computer Aided Design and Drafting Capstone - 16 hours (usually last class taken)
CADD Certificate Program Fee
** Limited offerings throughout the fiscal year and based on availability.
Upon completion of the required courses and CADD Certificate Fee, students must notify the Continuing Education office. After verifying the student's completion status, a certificate will be mailed to the student's address on record.