CAD-Design and Engineering Technology

computer-aided design and drafting

Learn to create precise drawings and models of objects and structures in 2D and 3D. Work with engineers to design, visualize, and test models. The CAD AAS degree at GRC focuses on the computer-aided design of mechanical systems to support mechanical and industrial engineers. The degree will also allow you to enter the civil and electrical drafting fields with some additional training in industry-specific software.

Employment demand for CAD designers and drafters in Washington state is projected to remain strong. Local employers include Boeing, Amazon, Blue Origin, and many smaller companies working in the naval and marine industry, clean energy, construction, fabrication and manufacturing, and architecture.  Green River College created the CAD Associate Degree program in response to the needs of local employers. 

Is a career in Design Drafting Technology for you?
  • detail-oriented
  • like working with computers
  • enjoy solving problems
  • think creatively
  • interested in math and science
  • can conceptualize, visualize, and organize their ideas
  • communicate clearly
  • enjoy collaborating on projects
  • work well independently

Want to better understand how, where, and why we use CAD? Here is a great article - What Is CAD?

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Learn to interpret and prepare drawings and models for manufacturing, fabrication, and construction. Understand and use industry standards set by The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Master industry software: AutoCad, SolidworksCivil 3DRevit, and Mastercam.

 Take a certificate course to learn a new skill or enroll in our Mechanical Computer-Aided Design AAS degree program to start building your career in CAD.


Upgrade your skills with a certificate

Do you want to explore a career in AutoCAD design and drafting?

Are you a professional looking to pick up a new skill or deepen your knowledge?

Our short certificate programs are for you!



For students interested in design and engineering. Learn how to create and plot scaled prints, manage layers, line types and weights according to industry standards.

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For students of architecture, construction, or civil engineering and anyone working in these industries who want to learn how to design and model structures with Revit.

3-9 months / 1-3 classes 

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Mechanical CAD

Mechanical CAD

For students who want to enter the field of computer-aided drafting and design and for those working in the industry looking to gain software knowledge and design skills.


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Small class sizes make it easy to ask questions and get to know your professors and peers. We will connect you with academic, financial, and community resources to help you reach your goals.

Prior work experience in the field can be considered for course credit. The CAD AAS program is open to high school students in the Running Start program.

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Terry Waagan


CAD Design and Engineering Techology 

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Phone 253-333-6000

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OccupationsMechanical Drafters, Design Drafters
Median Pay 2022: $69,230 per year or $33 per hour

OccupationsArchitectural and Civil Drafters
Median Pay 2022: $62,280 per year or $30 per hour

OccupationsElectrical and Electronics Drafters
Median Pay 2022: $82,830 per year or $40 per hour

Data source: O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor

The median pay used is for the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area.