Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Certificate of Specialization in Computer Aided Design is a 18 credit-hour program designed for persons who want to be a CAD operator. A variety of CAD software is involved to train individuals for design roles in manufacturing as well as other design environments.
A CAD operator is able to interpret data from multiple sources, apply traditional drafting skills, utilize operating system software, follow industrial practices and company procedures related to CAD work, and efficiently perform all related tasks to produce final drawings and CAD models.
Drafters are employed by architecture and engineering service firms, manufacturing industries, and in construction, government and wholesale trade.
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employers will increasingly look for drafters with a strong background in fundamental drafting principles, a high level of technical sophistication and the ability to apply knowledge to a broader range of responsibilities.