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

The CAD program at Front Range Community College provides you with the training you’ll need to learn design and drafting skills used as a civil, architectural, electrical, or mechanical drafter. Whether you choose to pursue a degree or a certificate, our CAD classes ensure you’re comfortable applying the theoretical knowledge of the industry to the latest tools and technologies.

A.A.S. in Computer-Aided Drafting

60-62 credits
(4 semesters)

With this CAD degree, you will be prepared to enter the workforce as a skilled CAD technician. You'll graduate with advanced CAD skills by training on the most current CAD software. Additionally, you'll 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.

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.  

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.

CAD Certificates

3D Printing & 3D Scanning

9 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.

3D Printing & 3D Scanning certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

Offered at Larimer Campus only.


6 credits
(2 semesters)

To complete this certificate you need prior architectural design skills or related industry work experience. With this certificate you explore Revit software, and will become proficient in the advanced use of CAD software as one of the leading BIM tools in the architectural engineering construction industry.

Revit certificate: See required courses and descriptions.


6 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares you to become proficient in the use of CAD software with a focus on 3D modeling and renderings using Sketchup software skills and techniques.

Sketchup certificate: See required courses and descriptions.


6 credits
(2 semesters)

To complete this certificate you need prior mechanical engineering design skills or related industry work experience.This certificate prepares you to become proficient in the advanced use of Solidworks CAD software as one of the leading parametric solid modelers in the mechanical engineering and manufacturing industry.

Solidworks certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

Basic Computer-Aided Drafting & Design

12 credits
(1 semester)

In this certificate program you'll explore CAD print reading, 2D, and 3D modeling software skills and techniques using the latest release of AutoCAD software and Google Sketchup®.

Basic CAD certificate: See required courses and descriptions.


What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this program, you 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

Computer-Aided Drafting Jobs & Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Architectural or Civil Drafters $40,356
Electrical and Electronic Drafters $41,546
Mechanical Drafters $47,930
Colorado Labor Market Information (2018)

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