Computer Aided Drafting and Design A.S. Degree

Computer Aided Drafting and Design Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code : DRAFT-AS
CIP: 1615130102
Educational Plan: DRAFT-AS

Program Description

The Computer-Aided Drafting and Design A.S. degree program provides students with a broad base of design and drafting skills that can be applied in the field of architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing.


In the exciting and growing field of CADD, drafting and design technicians use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans. Job opportunities are strong. They are an essential component in the design team. Workers in production and construction use these plans to build everything from microchips to skyscrapers. Industry needs are great. Developments in new technology are causing entry-level requirements to rise. An associate’s degree is the typical level of education needed to enter the occupation. Drafting and design technicians need skills from academic programs so that they may move into the work of designing directly for professionals such as engineers and architects. For students who seek a career in a solid and growing field, CADD is a great choice.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program have a number of employment options such as: 

  • Advertising, public relations, and related services
  • Building Drafter
  • Civil Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Technician
  • Manufacturing Drafter
  • Structural Drafter 

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Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by 6 percent from now until 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics). Developments in software programs used by drafters and other professionals they work with are changing the nature of drafters’ work and how this work will have to be done.

College Credit Certificates

Students may complete the following college credit certificates as part of the Computer-Aided Drafting and Design degree:

  • Advanced Computer-Aided Design Certificate
  • Building Construction Technology Technical Certificate
  • Computer-Aided Design Technical Certificate
  • Sustainability Technical Certificate


The following industry certifications are related to the training in the A.S. Degree Computer Aided Drafting and Design program:

  • Autodesk Certified Associate – AutoCAD, (ADESK016)
  • Autodesk Certified Professional – AutoCAD, (ADESK021)
  • Autodesk Certified User – AutoCAD, (ADESK002)

Additional industry certifications may be available for college credit certificate programs.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of architectural design, including aspects and determinants of form and space. Drafting skills and the concepts of graphic communication are introduced and developed. Lab fee required.
This course offers useful knowledge of the materials and methods of building construction. Students are introduced to building science, materials science, legal constraints and building craft. Building techniques are presented as whole working systems from site work through roofing. This course will present the basic construction systems, each in sufficient detail, so that the student is brought to an operational level of knowledge.
In this course students will develop the knowledge and skills involved in the effective use and interpretation of the construction drawings and specifications. Students will learn how to examine a variety of different types of plans included within a standard set of drawings such as, civil, landscape/irrigation, architectural, structural, MEP, fire protection and communications to understand the scope of the project and the means and methods required to construct the project. Basic construction abbreviations, symbols and various scaling will be introduced.
This course is an introduction to the new designing techniques and capabilities of solid modeling using the SolidWorks software. Topics include the integration and application of parametric solid modeling drawing within SolidWorks. Lab fee required.
This course is an introduction to the techniques of drawing for three-dimensional spatial relationships, visualization, sketching and graphical presentation. Engineering drawing, descriptive geometry and graphical solution techniques using both manual and computer methods will be emphasized. Lab fee required.
The purpose of this course is to help drafting students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work at an entry-level job in such positions as CAD technician trainee, CAD system operator or CAD technician. This course is designed for students who have already received in-depth training in one or more application areas. Lab fee required.
In this course, students will learn advanced two- and three-dimensional drafting techniques. Menu and program modification will be emphasized along with improved speed and accuracy. Lab fee required.
This course is a three-dimensional CAD course which introduces the student to Autodesk Revit Software. The student learns to work with architectural computer models rather than the basic geometric drawing approach. The Revit platform for building information modeling is a complete design and documentation solution which supports all phases of design, drawing production and schedule development for a given project. This software allows the student to work in various views of the parametric building model at the same time.
This course is a three-dimensional CAD course which introduces the student to advanced concepts in Autodesk Revit Software. The student continues to learn how to draw and design in a three-dimensional architectural computer model format. Advanced concepts in three-dimensional modeling are introduced and implemented in class projects. This software allows the student to work in various views of the parametric building model at the same time. Each view may be opened separately and any changes that are made in one drawing are immediately updated in all other views. The Revit platform for building information modeling also allows the student to identify and produce a material list (automatically) for every item required for a particular design as the design develops and changes. This becomes an invaluable tool for the estimating and scheduling functions required by the contractor.
This course involves the practical uses of applied mathematics in the areas of engineering technology, design and construction. Trigonometric functions are covered as well as law of sines, law of cosines and basic vector mechanics.
This course covers the theory and practice of surveying, use and care of instruments, instrument error, balancing and closing traverses, introduction to land and construction surveying. Lab fee required.
Elective Courses

13 credits of electives Required. Must choose 6 credits of Technical Electives from the following list:

This course provides a broad overview of the built environment and the architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry as well as different career paths within the industry. It offers insight into the processes, the people and the practices involved to make a building from a concept to reality. The course introduces students to the construction process and those individuals who manage that process. Construction management involves the organization, coordination and strategic effort applied to the construction activities and the numerous resources needed to achieve the building objective. Construction management combines both the art and science of building technology with the essential principles of business, management, computer technology and leadership.
This is an introductory course in project scheduling methods using Bar Charts, Critical Path Method (CPM), Precedence Diagram Method and Linear Scheduling. Students will develop an understanding of resources, costs, updating/expediting and controlling costs associated with construction projects. Students will work on a semester project to develop an understanding of the construction sequences and activities involved on a typical construction project. Primavera P6 software will be introduced in the class to create the various schedules. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
An overview of estimating. Topics include the analysis and determination of costs, the classification of materials, labor and subcontracted work into the smallest manageable units and the development of a simple estimate. Lab fee required.
This is an introductory course in basic electricity intended for the engineering technology programs. It consists of the concepts, laws and definitions encountered in AC and DC electric circuits.
This course is an introduction to computer software applications involving engineering spreadsheets (Excel) and symbolic processing (MATLAB) in order to solve a variety of engineering-related problems.
This course will introduce the student to the role of the engineer as a creative design professional. Emphasis will be on understanding the creative process and the factors that influence it. The student will participate in engineering orientation and make case studies of selected engineering fields.
This course will prepare the student for the field of Engineering Technology and/or related sciences. The course will focus on specialized practical knowledge related to the mathematical, scientific or technical aspects of mathematics, science and engineering. Fundamental principles of statics, co-planar and non-co-planar force systems including concurrent and non-concurrent forces will be covered. Additional focus will be placed on both friction and non-friction systems. Stress and strain evaluations on columns, beams, trusses and foundation systems will also be addressed.
Note: ETG 2502 must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course will introduce students to the key elements of map design and how they are used to create maps that are clear and substantial. Topics include the identification of the different types of maps, the importance of using appropriate map design techniques, graphic hierarchy and design form. ArcGIS software and a series of labs will be used to design and create map products.
This course will introduce the student to the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in spatial data exploration, map layout creation and data editing and analysis. This course is a fundamental-level course that assumes no prior knowledge of GIS. Topics covered will include the applications of GIS in various fields, the structure of the ArcGIS platform, the use of different tools to explore and modify spatial data and the analysis of spatial data to answer real world questions.
This course is designed to familiarize the interior design student with the materials and interior finishes used in both residential and commercial applications. Emphasis is placed on product knowledge and characteristics, building systems and indoor environmental quality. Cost estimation, fabrication techniques and installation methods will be introduced. As a result, students will foster professional terminology. A variety of field trips and/or guest speakers will be scheduled to enhance class lectures. Lab fee required.
Certain standards must be adhered to in order to ensure kitchen and bathroom space is functional and safe. Use of kitchen and bath guidelines from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) provides universal design criteria that retains area comfort and attractiveness. Lab fee required.
This course will introduce the kitchen and bath design student to the latest industry standard software. The student will learn basic commands and functions for use with two-dimensional drawings such as floor plans and elevations. Lab fee required.
This course is an introduction to the latest emerging rapid prototyping technology, 3D printing. Using specialized software to create and export files, students will bring their digital work to life. Students will learn how to create, scan, manipulate and print three-dimensional objects. Topics include desktop 3D printing and the operation of equipment, rapid prototyping, product customization and creating new product alternatives. Literacy in basic 3D modeling, design and manufacturing is an essential skill for future STEM success and innovation. Lab fee required.
This course is a study of the drawing and design techniques related to the production of mechanical (HVAC), electrical and plumbing drawings. CAD and Revit software may be implemented in the production of these drawings. Lab fee required.
This course covers the essential principles of sustainable forms of energy. Specific topics include the units of measure, analytical comparisons of energy types, calculating consumption and production values and exploring essential underlying formulas. Case studies will emphasize useful applications of existing sustainable energy sources.
As the demand for energy grows worldwide, there has been an increased emphasis on utilization of non-conventional power sources. This course addresses and explores technological advances in alternative forms of energy. Characteristics of both conventional and emerging technologies such as nuclear, hydro-electric, solar, wind, geo-thermal, ocean energy, hydrogen and battery-electric will be explored. Students will be exposed to the obstacles of alternative energy development and technological challenges of their implementation such as cost, infrastructure and availability bases on geography. Pollution and global climate change will be discussed. Identification of major outdoor air pollutants, the scope of outdoor air pollution and the assessment of potential solutions will be emphasized.
This course will expose students to the impact of buildings on natural resources and the environment. Weekly lessons will cover sustainable rating systems, as well as modules in water efficiency, energy conservation measures, indoor environmental quality, and materials and resources. Sustainable best practices and standards will be emphasized.
This course will introduce the student to the principles and fundamental photovoltaic technology. Solar radiation, site survey and planning, solar components and configuration, batteries, PV panel construction, inverters and system sizing are some of the topics covered in depth in this course. This course will help the student develop knowledge of the complete photovoltaic system and the different configurations used in industry.
This course covers the background, history, essential theory and principles of Solar Thermal Technology. Specific topics include solar fundamentals, solar water heating systems and components, system installation, check-out and start-up procedures, troubleshooting, pool heating and code and safety issues.
During this course, students will examine the environmental impacts of building construction and explore the fundamental concepts of energy efficient design. Topics include sustainable site planning, green materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, water reduction and waste management. This class will prepare students to take the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate exam.
General Education Courses
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.

Humanities General Education course


Mathematics General Education course


Science General Education course


Social Science General Education course

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Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.


Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.


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