Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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When Da Vinci drafted a flying machine in Italy in the late 1400s people were appalled. "Who needs this?" people asked. Not until after 1903 in the U.S., when Orville and Wilbur Wright conducted the first flight, did people see the possibilities. It was a mechanical drafter, Octave Chanute, who offered biplane glider designs to the Wright brothers. Especially important to Chanute’s design was the curved top of the biplane’s wings, which allowed the plane to achieve lift; a design that proved revolutionary. In today’s world of technology, drafters interpret the work of engineers every day to give form to several important tools, objects and components in manufacturing and construction.

But it doesn’t have to take over 400 years for your dreams to take flight. You can begin working toward them now in our Computer Aided Design and Drafting CADD (formerly Drafting Technology and Design) program. In our program, you will learn the skills necessary to help launch a successful drafting career.


In this program you can earn the following:

  • Less than One-Year Certificate of Completion
    • Computer Aided Design and Drafting - CADD

See the Catalog for information regarding program requirements.

Modeling Success

Computer Aided Design and Drafting CADD (formerly Drafting Technology and Design) program, you can earn a certificate within one year, providing the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in the field.

With our certificate, you’ll acquire several important industry-standard skills, including those in freehand drafting, modern computer-aided design (CADD) programs, 3-D modeling, mathematical concepts and problem solving.

We encourage new and returning students to take advantage of our flexibility, as we offer mainly afternoon and evening courses. A number of our returning students seek to upgrade their skills—students already employed in the engineering departments for such companies as Nike, in footwear design; or Leupold and Stevens, in binocular and scope design and engineering. In addition, our program has an active advisory committee of those who currently work in the design and engineering industry. That means you receive the most modern education available, with real-world assignments and cutting-edge concepts that help ensure your skills are current.

What's Next?

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  1. Complete the steps for new students
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Contact the department advisor for more information: Darcy Demers