From welding to philosophy, FRCC has a program for you.

Is a bachelor's degree your goal? Our two-year associate degrees (A.A., A.S.) are guaranteed to transfer to four-year public schools in Colorado.

Need skills? Our technical degrees (A.A.S.) and certificates launch you into a career. Some certificates can be completed in just one semester.

Select a campus to see what programs are offered there.  Click on a program name for required classes, contacts, starting salaries, and more.

Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CAD) Degree

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

A.A.S. in Computer-Aided Drafting

60 credits
(4 semesters)

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.

CAD degree: See required courses by semester.

See degree requirements.

See CAD course descriptions.

You may complete a Basic CAD certificate, enter the workforce, and then return at any time to upgrade specific skills while pursuing advanced certificate offerings or an AAS degree.  

CAD Certificates

 

Advanced 3D Printing & 3D Scanning

22 credits 
(2 semesters)

This certificate prepares you to be proficient in the use of 3D Printing & 3D Scanning software & technology using Advanced CAD modeling software specific to the industry of their choice.

Advanced 3D Printing & Scanning certificate: See required courses by semester.
           
See certificate requirements.

See gainful employment information.

Offered at Larimer Campus only.

Advanced Architectural Computer-Aided Drafting

28 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 and Building Science programs.

Advanced Architectural CAD certificate: See required courses by semester.

See certificate requirements.

See gainful employment information.

Advanced Civil Computer-Aided Drafting

21 credits
(2 semesters)

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

Advanced Civil CAD certificate: See required courses by semester.

See certificate requirements.

See gainful employment information.

Advanced Mechanical Computer-Aided Drafting

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 certificate requirements.

See gainful employment information.

Advanced Animation and Visualization Computer-Aided Drafting

18 credits
(2 semesters)

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.

Advanced Animation CAD certificate: See required courses by semester.

See certificate requirements.

See gainful employment information.

Basic Computer-Aided Drafting & Design

16 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 by semester.

See certificate requirements.

See gainful employment information.

What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to use CAD software to:

  1. Interpret, produce and print working/construction drawings/documents per industry standards.
  2. Develop template drawings using standard drawings procedures.
  3. Create & modify 2D and 3D drawings or models.
  4. Prepare 3D models/scenes using materials, lighting, animation, and advanced modeling features.
  5. Design and create advanced 3D printed models.
  6. Create 3D scanned models.
  7. Prepare a portfolio of industry-specific drawings.

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 3DS MAX
  • AutoDesk Revit Structure
  • Sketchup
  • SolidWorks

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.

Computer-Aided Drafting Jobs & Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Architectural or Civil Drafters $36,851
$54,411
$63,191
Electrical and Electronic Drafters $46,211
$68,162
$79,138
Mechanical Drafters $36,029
$57,271
$67,891
Colorado Labor Market Information (2016)

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