CAD-Design and Engineering Technology

About our program

Designers translate the ideas and rough sketches of engineers and architects into drawings to communicate specific details to other engineers, architects, drafters, technicians, and manufacturing. Drawings are used as a basis for further research and design, for manufacturing and construction, and for documenting the engineer's concept. Designers use computers, engineering practices, reference materials, and manufacturing processes, to create complete drawings, models and construction designs.

Those selecting this degree program will develop proficiency in drafting and computer-aided design. They will learn to prepare drawings for manufacturing, fabrication, and construction. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Drafting and design standards will be taught and reinforced as they prepare drawings in both 2D and 3D using AutoCAD, Solidworks, Civil 3D, Revit, and Mastercam applications software. They will be trained to utilize software for the related industry.

Throughout this course of study, students will be learn to use sketches, notes, technical literature and personal research to complete assignments in a timely manner.

The 3 Associate in Applied Science degrees are divided into three areas major areas requested by local industries: approximately 770 hours of training in required drafting courses; approximately 300 hours of training in required general education courses; and approximately 660 hours of training in specialized related courses.

The specialized related courses permit students to develop their own areas of emphasis in mechanical, architectural, civil or structural drafting. For a more general background, the student is free to sample courses from each area.

CAD-Design is a large and fast-growing occupation; the future of the field is wide open. Computers will assist drafting procedures, but they will not replace the design drafter who has a comprehensive design education. 

What you need

People who like and are successful in Design Drafting Technology have the ability to concentrate, conceptualize, organize, and remember details; enjoy solving problems, being neat, and paying attention to details; have good eye-hand coordination, an ability to visualize, and an interest in mathematics and science; and work well with others in a team.

  • A background in mathematics will be helpful to get started, but courses are available for the student who needs to review or develop the necessary skills in mathematics, reading, English, and study skills.
  • Drafting and CADD courses have lab fees. See current class schedule for fee amounts.


What we offer

Expert Faculty: 

The faculty is composed of one full-time instructor and five adjunct instructors all with industry experience, and Adjuncts who work full-time in industry and teach part-time. This team brings many years of diverse industry experience to the classroom for the benefit of Green River design students.

  • A hands-on learning experience.
  • Credit through high school articulation agreements.
  • Program is available for Running start.
  • Possible credit for prior work experience.
  • Soon to be approved for VA applicants.
  • Participation in Cooperative Education
  • Work-oriented skills required by employers.

Program Scheduled Start Fall 2020

Green River College has completed a review and revision of the program and is scheduled to begin accepting new applicants for Fall 2020. Please contact the Career & Advising Center to discuss new program options.

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Occupations: Mechanical Drafter, Design Drafter
Earnings: Range from $27.06 to $36.27 an hour, entry to mid-level.

Occupations: Architectural Drafter
Earnings: Range from $19.86 to $24.83 an hour, entry to mid-level.

Occupations: Civil Drafter, CAD Designer, CAD Technician
Earnings: Range from $20.12 to $25.92 an hour, entry to mid-level.

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