RCTC’s Computer Aided Drafting Technology (CAD) major is designed to prepare students for a technical career using Computer Aided Drafting tools and techniques. CAD drafters turn concepts, ideas, and rough sketches into mechanical prints then “prototypes” or finished parts can be fabricated, designed or repaired. The curriculum primarily covers the mechanical disciplines of drafting and design. The CAD courses are taught in state-of-the-art facilities featuring the latest release of SolidWorks. Students not only have the opportunity to design, but also create hands on projects in our prototype lab using a 3Dprinter, laser, and CNC router.
Depending on the program/degree option selected, coursework may include: 3D CAD, Engineering Drafting, Technical Drafting, Technical Illustration, Manufacturing Materials and Processes I and II, Basic and Advanced Dimensioning, Machine Design, Product Design, Welding Technology, Reverse Engineering & Rapid Prototyping, and Working Drawings & Design.
RCTC offers two different program/degree options in CAD; a 68 credit diploma and a 72 credit Associate in Applied Science degree in CAD Technology.
The CAD Technology Associate in Applied Science and diploma majors will receive CAD training in a state of the art facility featuring the latest release of SolidWorks. If you are mechanically inclined and like taking things apart or figuring out how things work, this is the career for you. CAD drafters turn concepts, ideas, and rough sketches into mechanical prints then “prototypes” or finished parts can be fabricated, designed or repaired. CAD majors have the opportunity to create hands-on projects in our prototype lab. Employment opportunities exist in large and small industries. Graduates can advance into positions such as designers, associate engineers, inspectors, supervisors, sales, and purchasing personnel. The curriculum primarily covers the mechanical disciplines of drafting and design.
Program Start Date(s)
Students can start coursework for the CAD Associate in Applied Science degree and diploma degree in fall or spring semesters. Fall semester is preferred.
According to the Occupational Employment Statistics in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wages of mechanical drafters (17-3013) in the United States is $29.03 per hour. In Minnesota, the median hourly wage for mechanical drafters is $28.29. In Southeastern Minnesota, mechanical drafters can anticipate a median hourly wage of $32.17.
RCTC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see: www.rctc.edu/academics/articulations/
Gainful Employment Programs
The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.
The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at www.rctc.edu/academics/programs.
Program Award Credits Gainful Employment Information CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) Technology Dipl 68 Overview content updated: 2017-04-12