A major/degree in CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician is a program that prepares individuals to apply technical skills and advanced computer software and hardware to the creation of graphic representations and simulations in support of engineering projects.
Includes instruction in engineering graphics, two-dimensional and three-dimensional engineering design, solids modeling, engineering animation, computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided design (CADD), and auto-CAD techniques.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician (use the College Search feature and enter "CAD" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician?
There are many career options available starting with an associate major/degree in this field. You may get your start in positions such as (but not limited to) CAD technician, CAD operator, or process drafter. Opportunities exist in a range of industries, from architecture and interior design to construction, fashion, animation, and manufacturing.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Design and Drafting Association
- The Society of Computer Aided Drafting Designers
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians
Publications/Magazines in CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician