Computer-Aided Drafting

Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CAD) Degree

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

A.A.S. in CAD

62 credits
(2 years)

With this CAD degree students will be prepared to enter the workforce as a skilled CAD technician. Students will graduate with advanced CAD skills by training on the most current CAD software. Students complete 2D and 3D projects with an emphasis on the unique needs of small- to mid-sized companies seeking employees with advanced and specialized computer-aided drafting skills.

Computer-Aided Drafting degree: See required courses.

See CAD course descriptions.

You may complete some of the courses, enter the workforce, then return at any time either to complete the program or to upgrade specific skills.

CAD Certificates

Advanced Architectural Computer-Aided Drafting

24 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate offers advanced training in CAD for the professional or technician already employed in the field, or for students working toward the architectural concentration within the CAD or Architectural Engineering and Building Science

programs.

Advanced Architectural CAD Certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

   

Advanced Mechanical CAD

24 credits
(2 semesters)

With this certificate you will be proficient in the use of advanced mechanical computer-aided drafting with a concentration in Mechanical CAD applications. 

Advanced Mechanical CAD certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

   

Animation and Visualization CAD

27 credits
(1 year)

With this certificate you will be proficient in the use of computer-aided drafting with a concentration in 3D graphics and animation and visualization applications. 

Animation CAD certificate: See required courses.

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Basic Computer-Aided Drafting & Design

18 credits
(2 semesters)

With this certificate you will be proficient in the latest release of AutoCAD software and know the basics of Google Sketchup®.

Basic CAD certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

   

Basic Mechanical CAD

21 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate is an introductory program in basic drafting and the use of CAD technology.

Basic Mechanical CAD certificate: See required courses.

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Civil CAD

24 credits
(2 semesters)

With this certificate you will be proficient in the use of computer-aided drafting with a concentration in Civil CAD applications.

Civil CAD certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

   

Landscape CAD Technician

30 credits
(1 year)

This certificate integrates instruction in CAD technologies, landscape design, and landscape construction. 

Landscape CAD certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

Computer-Aided Drafting Jobs & Salaries

  Entry Average Experienced
Architectural or Civil Drafters $37,420 $56,440 $65,950
Electrical and Electronic Drafters $45,036 $64,499 $74,231
Mechanical Drafters   $40,270 $57,885 $66,693
Colorado Labor Market Information (2013)

Transfer Options

Our faculty has worked closely with the University of Colorado-Boulder and Colorado State University so several CAD classes will transfer. Of course, there also are plenty of general-education classes guaranteed to transfer. As always, work closely with your advisor.

Other Colorado Four-Year Schools

If you intend to transfer into a CAD-related major at a four-year college or university, consult your FRCC faculty advisor.

Train on The Most Up-to-Date CAD Software

We update our software with every release so your skills keep up with the changes in CAD technologies:

  • AutoDesk AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Architecture
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • AutoDesk Revit Architecture
  • AutoDesk Inventor
  • AutoDesk MAX 3D
  • AutoDesk Revit Structure
  • SolidWorks
  • SDS2
  • MasterCam and Sketchup