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Computer-Aided Design

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Earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Computer-Aided Design (CAD)  and become a technical specialist who works under the direct supervision of a licensed architect or engineer, or work as an independent design professional providing drafting and design services.

As you progress through NWACC's CAD program, you'll develop technical skills and learn to use the latest software and training methods. Training includes a solid base of mathematics, physical sciences, communication skills, and practical experience with modern equipment and applications.

With an AAS degree, you'll be ready to create technical drawings as a member of a team, prepare construction documents, document engineering designs for manufacture, meet with customers, and implement new technology training.

CAD specialization options include:

  • Architecture Design
  • Civil Design
  • Mechanical Design

As an employed CAD designer, you will find many opportunities to acquire the formal training needed to further advance in your career.

Technology Requirements

For the CAD program, please be sure to have a computer with the following specifications:

Storage 500 GB
Graphic Needs 1080P + screen rezGPU:
Nvidia GTX 1050+
Dedicated VRAM 2GB


Academic Paths

NWACC offers a technical certificate and an AAS in computer-aided design - architecture, mechanical and civil design. View the courses required to earn a certificate or degree.

Visit the degree page to view the courses required to obtain the following CAD technical certificates: 

  • CAD Architecture Design
  • CAD Civil Design
  • CAD Mechanical Design

Visit the degree page to view the courses required to obtain the following AAS degrees in CAD:

  • Architectural
  • Civil Design
  • Mechanical