Computer Aided Drafting & Design / Mechanical DesignerCurriculum
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The key to any trade is getting the right training and our program can provide you with the skills for a job that will give you a foot in the door and help you earn a higher salary. Learning a trade and earning a certificate or degree in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design could be a great career move for you if you like to work with your hands, solve problems, and be creative.
Without a drafter, your favorite automobile, an elegantly designed tool, or a factory full of complex machinery would not exist. Machines and complex mechanical systems exist in the mind of the engineer or designer before they become reality. The 3D modeler/drafter takes those original ideas and models a 3D design that communicates everything from how the individual parts will be made all the way to how the total machine will work.
Engineers, product designers, even scientists provide rough drawings, calculations, and specifications to 3D modelers, who then use these to fill in the virtual and technical details that lead directly to 3D printed prototypes and computer numerical-controlled machined parts.
In CCD’s CADD program, you’ll learn how to use 2D and 3D parametric software to capture the idea and communicate it using the language of engineering graphics. You’ll gain the skills to succeed in the growing design and engineering fields.
CADD drafters prepare detailed drawings that show how to assemble a wide variety of machinery and devices. You’ll be ready to work on a drafting team in an industrial plant, engineering or manufacturing firm, and for various government agencies.
Academic support is provided through CCD's Excel Zone. It helps students succeed by offering a variety of learning opportunities.
The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Zone is located in the Cherry Creek Building, rooms 205 & 210. Tutors, instructors, and some CADD lab equipment are available for students to use.
Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.
The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees:
|CAD 101, CAD 102, CAD 115, CAD 217,
CAD 224, CAD 225, CAD 227, CAD 240,
CAD 255, CAD 262, CAD 264
|High-cost course fee||$7.21 (per credit hour)|
|CAD 153||3D printer material||$23.00 (flat)|
|CAD 217||3D printer material||$70.00 (flat)|
|CAD 224, CAD 225, CAD 227||Plotter materials||$30.00 (flat)|
|CAD 240||3D printer material||$82.00 (flat)|
|CAD 255||3D printer material||$66.00 (flat)|
|CAD 262||3D printer material||$73.00 (flat)|
|EGT 103, EGT 205, EGT 289||High-cost course fee||$7.21 (per credit hour)|
The inventor, solidworks, and scanned input 3D modeling certificates are not eligible for federal student aid.
Overall employment of drafters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026. Employment growth will vary by specialty.
Opportunities in all these job categories are abundant for those with the right training. As the Denver metro area expands further into the areas of high-tech 3D design and advanced manufacturing, the job outlook for people with these cutting-edge skills will be even brighter.
Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for drafters as $54,170 per year ($26.04 per hour) in May 2017.
Entry-level 3D mechanical designer/drafters can expect to earn between $14 and $21 per hour. Some designer/drafters choose to further their education to become engineers.