Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)


Program Advisor

CADD Technology
Program Advisor
David Cummins

Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) Engineering Technology is an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program that qualifies students for a wide variety of occupations such as computer drafter, design technician, and engineer's assistant.

Students will build their skills with project based courses such as Machine Design and Advanced 3D Modeling. They will also be involved in a design and build assignment for an ROV Capstone project course.

In addition to these specialized courses, related subjects are covered to give students the background they need to function well in the workplace. For example, scientific and mathematical principles and theories, communication skills, and knowledge of manufacturing processes are stressed.

Program Facilities

Students learn in a dedicated CADD lab that is equipped with computer hardware and industry-recommended software including AutoCAD and SolidWorks. Registered students receive free access to student versions of the software for use on their personal computers.

Special Opportunities

ACC has an articulation agreement with Alpena Public Schools and Posen High School that allows students to earn credits toward their CADD Technology degree at ACC, while in high school. Students have the option of completing a bachelor's degree in this field through Ferris State University. ACC advisors are available to help students interested in this option.


An interest and aptitude in math, science, and computers is important when considering a career in computer-aided drafting and design. Strong interpersonal skills and an abilitity to visualize concepts are also helpful.

Before starting the CADD at ACC program, your academic background, assessment scores or testing results are reviewed to determine the right courses to take. Review classes are also available to prepare you to meet the academic requirements of the CADD Technology program.

Career Options

As a graduate of this program, students have many career options available both locally and throughout the country. CADD professionals are employed in many of the manufacturing and mechanical engineering fields. You will likely work in a team situation with engineers or scientists, and your drawings and 3D models will provide the visual guidelines for those producing the product.

CADD occupations include many specializations, and specific titles may denote a particular discipline of design or drafting such as industrial, electrical, civil, or mechanical.

Overall employment of all drafters is expected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. However, growth will vary by specialty. The median wages for detailed drafting occupations in May 2010 were as follows: $53,020 for architectual and civil drafters, $48,810 for mechanical drafters, $46,430 for electrical and electronics drafters, and $45,100 for drafters, all others*.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Drafters, on the Internet at (visited June 12, 2012).