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Computer-Aided Drafting Technical Certificate

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Technical Certificate
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3475, E-mail CAD@nscc.edu

Computer-Aided Drafting is used in all technical fields with good pay and a high demand for those individuals with this skill. Nashville State offers a one-year Technical Certificate program in Computer-Aided Drafting, using AutoCAD and other software.

The Computer-Aided Drafting Technical Certificate is for students who want a technical career but who also want to enter the job market quickly. Students will choose the field in which they want to work — Architectural Engineering Technology, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, or Horticulture/Landscaping. Students take the courses listed below, including applied courses related to their chosen field. Very quickly students will be ready for Nashville State’s Career Employment Center to help them find jobs in their chosen field. There may even be part-time jobs available after a students’ first semester, allowing the student to enter the workforce even faster.

Most classes are available either day or evening, and students can choose to attend school, either full or part time.

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Create new or edit existing drawings and print large multiple sheet projects as needed.
  • Work with 2-D and 3-D projects using learned skills to produce accurate drawings quickly and efficiently.
  • Work with multiple drafting disciplines if needed.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to resolve challenges in the workplace.
  • Create a full set of drawings as a portfolio to be presented at job interviews.

Career Opportunities

  • Drafters work in many fields including but not limited to Architecture, Civil, Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering. Drafters will assist Engineers in the field and in the office to create and revise drawings.
  • Mechanical Systems Developer.
  • Design Technician.
  • Surveying/Civil Engineering Cartographer.
  • Architectural assistant.
  • Technical Illustrator.


This certificate is designed so that a student can apply all of the required courses toward a Nashville State A.A.S. degree in General Technology. A student who plans to apply the certificate toward an A.A.S. degree should consult his/her advisor about articulation options.

Certificate Requirements

Credit hours required vary by concentration. A minimum of 28 credit hours is required for graduation.


* If a student enters the program with little or no previous drafting background, then that student must take ENGT 1150 - Technical Graphics , prior to or along with CAD 1200 .

Choose one of the following courses:

(Required for Horticulture concentration)

(Required for Architectural, Civil and Electrical concentrations)

Technical Concentration Classes:(All electives must be in the same discipline)

Civil and Construction Engineering Technology


Additional classes not listed above may be substituted in each concentration with the permission of the program coordinator. Additionally up to 10 hours of advance placement or college transfer credit may be applied towards the program with proof of prior technical experience or college transcripts.

Recommended Schedule (Architectural Engineering Technology)

Recommended Schedule (Civil and Construction Engineering Technology)

Recommended Schedule (Electrical Engineering Technology)

Recommended Schedule (Horticultural/Landscaping)


Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the Program Coordinator. The Career Employment Center will provide the correct course numbers.

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