Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
Program DescriptionOver the last few decades, the drafting, design, and manufacturing industries have become heavily computerized. The Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) programs offered by BCCC are structured to prepare a segment of the workforce to compete for jobs in these industries.The CADD AAS degree program offers a balanced course of study in drafting and design with the aid of state-of-the-art software, computers, and input/output devices. Students are prepared to qualify for jobs where CADD associates work as the important CADD link in the modern design process with engineers and architects on one hand and detail drafters and manufacturers on the other hand. Emphasis is on engineering drawing, architectural drawing, engineering design, and realistic 3D modeling.
The CADD associate degree, CADD certificates, and/or CADD experiences are increasingly important parts of the required qualifications for many job titles: engineers (all branches), designers, drafters, manufacturers, assemblers and fabricators, graphics designers and artists, interior designers, technical illustrators, shipbuilders, map-makers, animators, CADD system managers, CADD programmers, and others.
CADD program prepare students for jobs such as: CADD Designer, CADD Drafter, CADD Operator, CADD Technician, CADD Draftsperson, Engineer, Architect, AutoCAD Drafter, Architectural Drafter, Interior Designer, Civil Drafter, Civil Engineering Technician, Electronics Drafter, Mechanical Drafter, GIS Technician, Technical Illustrator, Technical Animator, and CADD System Manager.
Career Options and Occupation Outlook
Large and stable CADD job markets exist both nationwide and in the Baltimore/Washington region. Locations to obtain CADD employment include:
- Architectural and engineering consulting businesses
- Drafting, design and manufacturing industries
- Engineering and architectural services companies
- City and State transportation departments
- State highway administrations
- Engineering technician occupations
- Facilities departments
- Utility companies
Skills NeededThe CADD program offers a 63 credit course work that provides students’ opportunity to master conceptual and technical skills in CADD. The program includes a cooperative education course that provides student with an opportunity to do internship at BCCC or in the local engineering/architectural firms.Skills needed in the field requires experience in any/all of the following major CADD software package: AutoCAD 2D and 3D, MicroStation, Revit Architecture, AutoCAD Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, 3ds Max, Autodesk Civil 3D and ArcGIS. The courses included in the program qualify students to transfer as a junior to Bachelor of Science degree programs in engineering or architecture at four-year College or university.