Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician | Western Technical College

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 $4,600* 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 2019-2020 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding6
Employed in Related Occupation0
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education6
Not in Labor Market6

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Career Opportunities

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

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • 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.

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

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