Drafting CAD Technology

Program Description

AAS in Drafting CAD Technology Emphasis degree is no longer available to new students. Students considering a transfer pathway can choose the traditional AAS degree and complete an AGEC-A certificate to prepare to enter a university.

Check the program announcement(s) above for any deadlines, information sessions, updates, etc.

The Drafting program prepares graduates for the career field of drafting through instruction in the use of industry recognized drafting technologies. The content for this program is developed with support from an industry advisory committee to allow students the opportunity to gain work force entry-level skills. 

Graduates of the drafting program or certificate will learn a wide range of skills and gain industry specific experience in:

  • graphic designs using AutoCAD’s hatch patterns.
  • Revit modeling systems and techniques.
  • working drawings, assembling drawings and material lists associated with industrial graphics.
  • technical skills to communicate architectural ideas
  • constructing 3D solid models using the 3D workspace and viewports.
  • extracting two-dimensional objects into 3D solid models.
  • preparing residential and commercial site plans.
  • CAD-BIM methodologies and skills for commercial and residential drawings.
  • gathering on-site information and applying that information directly to drawings.

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Degree(s) / Certificates(s)

Title Local Bachelor's
Drafting CAD Technology - A.A.S. Occupational Degree -
Drafting CAD - CERT Occupational Certificate -

Career Outlook

Successful completion of the drafting program or certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations and annual median wages*.

Drafters use software to convert the designs of architects and engineers into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.
Civil Engineering Technicians
Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design, and build highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. They also help to plan, design, and build commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.
Landscape Architects
Landscape architects design parks and the outdoor spaces of campuses, recreational facilities, businesses, private homes, and other open spaces.
Industrial Designers
Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day. Industrial designers consider the function, aesthetics, production costs, and usability of products when developing new product concepts.
Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Check the above for additional information.

Contact Information

Department Contact(s)

Career and Technical Education

Hours of Operation
Faculty/Staff Contact(s)
Name Title Phone Email
Joseph Wharton Professor of Drafting (928) 344-7510 Joseph.Wharton@azwestern.edu
Teresa Livingston Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director & Dean CTE Programs (928) 344-7752 Teresa.Livingston@azwestern.edu