Computer Aided Drafting
The Architectural CAD program at FCC provides students the necessary education to pursue employment as an architectural drafter/designer. Employers prefer applicants who have completed training after high school at a technical institute, community college, or four-year college or university.
Architectural CAD designers/drafters:
- Operate computer-aided drafting equipment to produce designs, working drawings, charts, forms and records
- Draw rough and detailed scale plans for foundations, buildings, and structures based on preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets and other data
- Lay out and plan interior room arrangements for buildings using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) software
- Obtain and assemble data to complete architectural designs and visit job sites to compile measurements as necessary
Please refer to the catalog for curriculum requirements.
FCC offers several options to students who desire employment in the field of Architectural Computer Aided Design. Each completed option may be applied toward the other options in the program sequence:
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator - Certificate
The Computer Aided Design Operator certificate will provide students with the basic knowledge and skills required to succeed in an entry level position as an architectural CAD drafter, operator, or technician.
- Architectural Computer Aided Design (CAD) - Certificate
The certificate program in Architectural Computer Aided Design will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for success in a career as an architectural CAD drafter, designer, operator, or technician
- Architectural Computer Aided Design (CAD) - Associate of Applied Science Degree
The A.A.S. degree program in Architectural Computer Aided Design will provide students with a broad range of knowledge and skills required for success in a career as an architectural CAD drafter, designer, operator, or technician.
This program is for students who desire to acquire an Associate in Applied Science Degree or Certificate, and work as architectural CAD designers/drafters. It is not a transfer program for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in architecture or engineering. Students interested in transfer options for a bachelors degree in architecture or engineering should contact an FCC counselor about transfer options in these areas. The college has the following transfer articulation agreement:
Unversity of Maryland University College– B.S. Management Studies
On The Job
Employment opportunities include:
- Designer/CAD drafter/operator/technician
- Architectural/detail drafter
- Space designer/planner
Skills You Will Learn
- Use of AutoCAD software and commands
- Creation/modification of geometrical designs, and use of dimensions
- Creation of multi-view, two and three-dimensional drawings and renderings from sketches
- Production of residential, commercial, structural, and civil drawings using AutoCAD
- Application of knowledge of graphic communications, materials and methods of construction, and building codes to the creation of drawings
The A.A.S. degree and certificate programs in Architectural Computer Aided Design will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for success in a career as an architectural CAD drafter, designer, operator, or technician.
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of the architectural design process including drawing practices and techniques, programming and schematic design, sketching, modeling, and design presentation.
- Demonstrate proficiency with fundamental and advanced two dimensional and three dimensional CAD commands, drawing, and rendering techniques.
- Create residential, commercial, civil, and structural drawings using CAD software.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of graphic communications, materials, methods, and building codes in the construction industry and apply them to the creation of drawings
Growth Potential & Estimated Salaries
“Employment of drafters is expected to grow by 4 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is slower than the average for all occupations. Employment of drafters remains tied to industries that are sensitive to cyclical changes in the economy, primarily construction and manufacturing. During recessions, drafters may be laid off. However, a growing number of drafters should continue to find employment on a temporary or contract basis as more companies turn to the employment services industry to meet their changing needs. Demand for particular drafting specialties varies throughout the country because employment usually is contingent on the needs of local industry”. ~ Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook 2011. Salaries vary based on experience and education.
Financial AssistanceFCC provides a tuition payment plan. Scholarship and loan assistance is also available for eligible students.
Adjunct part-time faculty are experts in their fields with solid experience in the workplace who are dedicated to helping students reach their career goals. Expect small classes and an integrated classroom experience.