The Computer Aided Design (CAD) program prepares students for a career in a CAD field or for advancing to a higher education institution. Students learn to convert ideas and specifications into working drawings by utilizing sketches and parametric solid modeling methods. Students explore the fundamentals of CAD software, learn basic drafting, and build a professional portfolio. The computer software experience assists students in becoming a designer in just about any field - from stage design to architectural engineering. Students with an interest in self-paced learning, drawing or sketching, math, and working with computers benefit from this program. This course specializes in architecture and interior design and engineering - all of which lead to many career options.
Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at www.sotech.edu. Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).
Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.
In-district: $2.50 per hour
Out-of-District: $5.00 per hour
Out-of-State: $7.50 per hour
Financial Aid and Scholarships
This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.
Courses (600 hours)
AutoCAD 2D Mechanical/Architectural Design (150 hours)
SolidWorks 3D Part/Assembly Design (150 hours)
Revit 3D Architectural Design (150 hours)
Fusion 360 3D Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)/3D Printing (150 hours)
Estimated time to complete half time: 1 year
Post-secondary: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
Secondary Students: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.
Architect, Architectural Designer, Architectural Drafter, Architectural Draftsman, Architectural Intern, CAD Technician (Computer-Aided Design Technician), Drafter, Draftsman, Intern Architect, Project Manager – Approximate Pay Potential: $16-38/Hour. (O*NET source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/17-3011.01):
Computer Aided Design Instructor
Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials
✅ AutoCAD Certified User
✅ AutoDesk Revit Certified User
✅ SolidWorks CSWA
✅ Autodesk Fusion 360 Certified User
✅ Certified Additive Manufacturing
Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.