Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)

Office: Southeast Campus SCOM 223 | Program Advisor: Marta Hoenig | 971-722-6419 | 971-722-6150 (fax)

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

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

Modeling Success

With the Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) program, you can earn a certificate within one year, providing the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in the field. In this certificate program, you’ll acquire several important industry-standard skills for the mechanical designer/drafter; these include freehand sketching, 3-D modeling, materials and design for manufacturing processes, design technology fundamentals, mathematical concepts, mechanical drafting, critical thinking and problem solving. The CADD program primarily focuses on training for the mechanical design and drafting industry. However, graduates have found employment in the civil, construction, public works and other related industries.

We encourage new and returning students to take advantage of our flexibility, through our afternoon and evening offerings. A number of our returning students are upgrading their skills. Our program has an active advisory committee of current mechanical design, drafting and engineering industry leaders. That means you’ll receive the most modern education available, with real-world hands-on assignments and cutting-edge concepts that ensure your skills are current. Our curriculum is certified by the American Design and Drafting Association ( at the Apprentice Drafter classification.

What's Next?

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  1. Complete the steps for new students
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. If you need, contact the department advisor for more information: Marta Hoenig