College of Technology

Computer Aided Design Drafting Technology

Program Description

The design drafting profession affects everything done, every day, by every individual. Without a plan or visual graphic, nothing can be manufactured, built, made, or sold. Everything has a plan for creation and design drafters are the people who make it happen.

The Computer Aided Design Drafting Technology graduate works on many levels in the engineering, architectural, and manufacturing world. Graduates qualify for career opportunities with engineering and architectural firms, machinery manufacturers, architectural and structural metal manufacturers, and construction companies. On the drafting level, they create working drawings from rough sketches or layouts that have been prepared by engineers, architects, and designers. The drawings and 3D models are prepared in accordance to specifications dictated by their company and industry standards. Computers are the tools of their trade. They are competent on the latest versions of CAD and modeling software. They are exposed to a variety of disciplines including mechanical, structural, architectural, electrical, and virtual construction simulation technology. They are expected to be able to make technical computations involved with layout, dimensioning and detailing of machine and structural parts. On the design level, they calculate stresses, size members of structural components and mechanical parts, do layout work for drafters to follow, write technical reports and supervise drafting groups.

The design/drafter must be able to visualize forms and shapes from blueprints and sketches, understand and apply theoretical principles and technical knowledge, concentrate on details for long periods of time, and use independent judgment in planning work and solving problems. Designers/drafters should enjoy technical work; work that involves close tolerances, set limits and industry standards. The successful designer/drafter should be able to organize, work rapidly, work under pressure, and produce quality work.

Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Program admits 20 students each year
  • Accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

Degree Options

  • Mechanical Drafting Technical Certificate (1 year)
  • Computer Aided Design Drafting Advanced Technical Certificate (2 years)
  • Computer Aided Design Drafting Associate of Applied (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (4+ years)

Career Opportunities

  • Engineering and architecural firms
  • Machinery manufacturers
  • Architectural and structural metal fabricators
  • Construction companies

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.

The CADD program is ATMAE accredited

Gainful Employment

Program Information
Admissions Information: Click Here
CIP Code: 151302
Certificate: Advanced Technical Certificate - Computer Aided Design Draft

Cost of Attendance
Tuition and Fees: $12,535.00*
Books and Supplies: $1,276.00
Room and Board $5,724.00**
Total: $19,535.00**

Completion Time
Normal Program Length: 4 Sem.
2011-2012 Completers: 1
Number Completed in Normal Time: NR
Normal Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled at ISU): NR %
Program Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled in program classes): NR %

Employment Information
Jobs Related to These Programs
Occupations with each program area were identified using Department of Labor ONET Crosswalks.
Placement Rate: 100%***

Median Debt
Loan Amount:$0.00

NR On-time completion rates are not reported for programs with fewer than 10 completers in order to protect student privacy.

* Based on 2012-13 full-time, Idaho resident tuition and fee schedule.

** Based on 2012-13 double occupancy rates and 100 meal plus flex money plan.

*** Based on completer placement data from the 2011-2012 fiscal year submitted January 15, 2012 to the Idaho State Division of Professional-Technical Education (ISDPTE). Positive placement is defined by the ISDPTE as completers enrolled in the military, employed in a related training, employed in a field unrelated to training, or pursing additional education.