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Computer-Aided Drafting Technical Certificate

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Technical Certificate
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3369, Program Site

Everything manufactured or constructed has to be designed and drafted, which is typically done with Computer Aided Drafting software by skilled drafters. The field of Computer-aided drafting provides students with excellent job opportunities in areas of high demand. Nashville State’s one-year Computer-Aided Drafting Technical Certificate uses the latest CAD, 3D and design software to prepare students for a rewarding job. Local business and industry advisory boards help to ensure the software and skills taught are in demand & used by employers, and the latest software and technology such as 3D Printers make sure you are equipped with the right skills

The Computer-Aided Drafting Technical Certificate is for students who want a technical career and who want to enter the job market quickly, as well as those currently working in construction and industrial fields that wish to hone their skills or offer more diversity of skills for their employers.

Students choose the concentration pathways concentration pathway that best aligns with their career goals: Architectural, Civil and Construction, or 3D and Rapid Prototyping Design. 

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Create new or edit existing designs and work with multiple drafting disciplines;
  • Work with 2-D and 3-D Design projects using learned skills to produce accurate designs quickly and efficiently;
  • Use 3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping technology as well as traditional print technology;
  • 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

Certificate Requirements

Credit hours required vary by concentration. A minimum of 25 credit hours is required for graduation.

Course Requirements by Concentration


Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, classic ACCUPLACER test scores, next-generation ACCUPLACER test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

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 instructor. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers.


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