Computer Aided Design Technology

About

The purpose of this program is to develop a computer-aided design (CAD) technologist proficient with design practices from concept to completion. Students will gain a wide range of competencies including basic sketching; two-dimensional manual drawing techniques; drafting standards; geometric dimensioning and tolerancing; and advanced three-dimensional parametric modeling, all while using state of the art computer-aided design software and project-based additive manufacturing with 3D printers. Students also gain the necessary practice of soft skills to become a skilled professional in their career field.

Please note, the CAD Class does not offer instruction in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Web Design, or Gaming Design.

This full-time program meets Monday-Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Overview

Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 16 Months
Clock Hours 1,728
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $5,344.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Assistant Drafter 432Certificate
Detail Drafter864Diploma
Drafting and CAD Technician1728Diploma
Mechanical Drafter1728Diploma
Residential Architecture Drafter1728Diploma

Campus Locations

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville:
1405 Madison St.
Shelbyville, TN 37160

Job Duties

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 1,270

Current job openings per year: 130

Curriculum/Courses

First Trimester: 
CAD 0001 - Worker Characteristic
CAD 1010 - Orientation and Safety
CAD 1020 - Technology Foundations
CAD 1030 - Drawing Techniques
CAD 1030 - Drawing Techniques
Second Trimester: 
CAD 0002 - Worker Characteristic
CAD 2010 - Technical Drawing
CAD 2020 - Additive Manufacturing
Third Trimester: 
STUDENT CHOOSES DIPLOMA PATH
DRAFTING AND CAD TECHNICIAN
CAD 0003 - Worker Characteristic-Drafting and CAD Technician
CAD 3010 - Drafting Applications
CAD 3020 - Working Drawings
STUDENT CHOOSES DIPLOMA PATH
MECHANICAL DRAFTER
CAD 0003 - Worker Characteristic-Mechanical Drafter
CAD 3050 - Mechanical Design 1
STUDENT CHOOSES DIPLOMA PATH
RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE DRAFTER
CAD 0003 - Worker Characteristic-Residential Architecture Drafter
CAD 3030 - Residential Architecture I
Fourth Trimester: 
STUDENT CHOOSES DIPLOMA PATH
DRAFTING AND CAD TECHNICIAN
CAD 0004 - Worker Characteristic - Drafting and CAD Technician
CAD 4010 - Solid Modeling
CAD 4020 - 3D Illustration
CAD 4030 - Animation
CAD 4040 - Rendering
CAD 4050 - Professional Development
STUDENT CHOOSES DIPLOMA PATH
MECHANICAL DRAFTER
CAD 0004 - Worker Characteristic - Mechanical Drafter
CAD 4080 - Mechanical Design II
CAD 4050 - Professional Development
STUDENT CHOOSES DIPLOMA PATH
ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTER
CAD 0004 - Worker Characteristics - Residential Architecture Drafter
CAD 4060 - Residential Architecture II
CAD 4050 - Professional Development

Certifications

Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate-Academic
Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Certification (OSHA)
Auto desk Certified User (AutoCAD, Revit)
American Design Drafter Association (ADDA) Certified Drafter
NOCTI Job Ready Skills Assessment CAD
National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

Books and Supplies Lists

Instructors

Todd Swerske
931-685-5013

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