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Computer Aided Drafting and Design

Advising Plans
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Drafter Assistant
(16 credit hours)
Detailer (28 credit hours)
Computer Assisted Drafter
(36 credit hours) 
Computer Aided Drafting & Design
(48-51 credit hours)
AAS-GOTS - General Occupational/Technical Studies
(63 credit hours)


Program Advisors

Richard Webb, Program Coordinator
(606) 878-4739

Eric Wooldridge, Program Coordinator
(606) 451-6878


Classes are offered at the Somerset and Laurel Campuses.

Program Details

cadA computer aided drafter and designer is a technical specialist with broad-based skills for architectural, civil, mechanical, and manufacturing fields. In the program at Somerset Community College, students are taught manual drafting techniques and 2D and 3D CAD. Specific skills taught include, but are not limited to, lettering, geometric construction, orthographic projections, dimensioning and tolerancing, solid modeling, animation, rendering, graphics, model analysis, rapid prototyping, computer numeric controlled (CNC) manufacturing, and related technical processes.

These skills are required to transform specifications and instructions of architects, designers, and engineers into complete and precise drawings.

The drafter is a skilled technician with a thorough understanding of the graphic language and is an indispensable contributor to the engineering design team. Drafters are also capable of independently designing projects such as residential homes and moderate commercial facilities, as well as prototype design and mechanical/machine systems.

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates of SCC’s Computer Aided Drafting & Design program can find employment in several areas, including:

  • Computer Aided Drafter
  • Engineering Technician
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Residential Designer
  • 3D Modeler
  • Manufacturing Designer
  • Other related fields

Several Options Available for Students

Students can also take courses within this program as technical electives for other programs, such as Electronics, Industrial Maintenance, and Pre-Engineering. Students also have the option to supplement some of the elective courses with animation courses for an experience in advanced animation. Likewise, many of our courses are open to students who simply wish to learn basic design techniques and have experience in CAD systems.

Download Program Overview (pdf)
To learn how to apply, see the Admissions Checklist.

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