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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, Program Site

Computer-aided drafting is used in all well-paying technical fields with high demand for skilled drafters. Nashville State offers the one-year Computer-Aided Drafting Technical Certificate, using AutoCAD and other relevant business software.

The Computer-Aided Drafting Technical Certificate is for students who want a technical career and who want to enter the job market quickly. Students 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. Quickly students are ready for Nashville State’s Career Services Office to help them find jobs in their chosen fields. Part-time jobs may be available for students after their first semester, allowing them to enter the workforce even faster.

Scheduling of classes is flexible with day and evening courses offered. Students can choose to attend school full-time or part-time.

Graduates of the 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; and
  • 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 Architectural and Civil Engineering Technology or 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.

Course Requirements


** 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:

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)

Spring Semester

Recommended Schedule (Electrical Engineering Technology)

Recommended Schedule (Horticultural/Landscaping)


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, COMPASS 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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