Computer Aided Drafting and Design

Computer Aided Drafting and Design

If you like to draw, have an interest in math, science and construction, and are detail oriented, a career as a computer assisted drafter/designer may be the one for you. CA drafters and designers are highly trained specialists who use computer technology to translate ideas and specifications into complete and precise working plans that can be used to manufacture products or create structures.

Career Opportunities

Architectural or mechanical drafter; electrical and electronics drafters; opportunities exist in architectural, engineering, construction services firms; manufacturing and metalworking firms as well as computer and electronics product manufacturing.

Wage/Salary Information

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Program Home Campus

Boone; general education classes may be offered at other campuses

Entry time

Fall or spring terms



Certificates and diploma. An associate in applied science degree is available through the General Occupational and Technical Studies program. Visit the KCTCS Catalog for details.

Program Length

(After all developmental needs are met and if enrolled in 12 to 15 credit hours per semester)

  • Certificate: One to two semesters depending on certificate
  • Diploma: Two years
  • Associate degree: Two years

Progression in the Computer Aided Drafting and Design program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of “C” or greater in each technical and mathematics course with maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or above (on a 4.0 scale).

Advising Sheet (PDF)




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