Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician

Technical Diploma

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You can have a hand in designing products with your education in Computer Aided Design (CAD). CAD technicians work closely with engineers as they prepare and revise technical drawings and documentation used to build products for a variety of industries.

The course includes instruction in 2D and 3D CAD software, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, and other technical tools used in the field. You might find this a rewarding field if you are strong in algebra and have an interest in manufacturing processes and engineering materials. Also important are good communication skills and an eye for details. Hands-on experiences complement classroom learning.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician

This program will cost about $4,300* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician 2016-2017 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding8
Employed in Related Occupation1
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment1
Continuing Education6
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week20
Median Hourly Wage$13.00
Hourly Wage Range$13.00 - $13.00
Median Annual Salary$13,520

Respondents in Related Occupations

No occupations reported.

Career Opportunities

CAD Drafter
AutoCAD Operator/Drafter/Designer
CAD Technician
Mechanical Drafter
CAD Design
Structural Drafter

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Prepare detail and assembly drawings for documentation of mechanical components and products.
  • Create CAD geometry, parts and assemblies.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

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