Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)

If you’ve got the inclination to draw, design, problem-solve and create order, think about a career in Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD).

CADD is used in product, architectural, graphic and engineering design, in industries as varied as aerospace engineering, landscape architecture and jewelry design. The technology helps designers prepare drawings, specifications, parts lists and other elements using specialized computer programs.

You'll learn to prepare the kind of technical drawings used to build everything from manufactured products — such as toys, toasters, industrial machinery and spacecraft — to structures such as houses, office buildings, and oil pipelines. The need has never been greater for workers with computer-aided design skills.

CADD At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Computer Aided Design and Drafting jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

Why Is This a Good Career Bet? 

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth of 55 percent for CNC programmers, 25 percent for electro-mechanical technicians and 20 percent for engineering technicians over the next decade. 

Find out more about careers in Computer Aided Design and Drafting.

Guided Pathways in Computer-Aided Design and Drafting

A guided pathway will help you earn a college credential and build a career. It’s a one-page document that clearly shows you what courses to take (and when) to best prepare you for success in college and in your career.

Learn more about Guided Pathways to Success.

Guided Pathway
Computer-Aided Design and Drafting

Degree and Certificate Options in Computer Aided Design and Drafting

Because so many of our technical programs are interrelated both in curriculum and skills sets, please review program and course descriptions carefully

It is critical that you review your study plan with an academic advisor, who can help you plot a degree plan to align with your goals, whether it’s to go to work or transfer to a four-year university.

CADD courses are offered both online and in on-campus classes.

See all CADD degrees and certificates.