Computer Aided Design Technology


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.

Unsure about studying engineering at a university? This course will introduce prospective engineering students to experience in CAD and additive manufacturing in an environment similar to that of an engineering design office while gaining marketable skills during the learning process. This offers the undecided student a valuable decision making tool prior to making a substantial financial commitment to a traditional university.

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


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 $1,885.50

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


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

Books and Supplies Lists


Dewayne Green
Dewayne Green
931-685-5013 x110

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