COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING TECHNOLOGY
at Thaddeus Stevens College

A photo of a project in CADT

Program Objectives

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Required Skills/Jobs & Salary Outlook

The Computer-Aided Drafting Technology (CADT) program prepares graduates for positions as entry-level cad operators in a wide range of manufacturing and engineering industries. Skills acquired from this program of study will allow students to become an integral part of product design and the manufacturing of those products. Graduates will apply specialized knowledge and skills utilizing state-of-the-art CAD software to think critically, to solve problems, and to effectively communicate with colleagues and supervisors in today’s ever-changing work environment. From preliminary drawings and sketches, to parametric design, to animated assemblies, graduates will learn how to simplify, enhance and streamline the manufacturing and engineering process utilizing CAD. Students acquire comprehensive skills in the following technical areas: Fundamentals of Drafting, Technical Drawing, Process Pipe Drafting, Processes of Manufacturing, Geometric Tolerancing (GD&T), Metals Fabrication Drafting and Power Transmission Design. Student’s CAD skills are developed with a comprehensive exposure to the latest software releases of AutoCAD®, Autodesk Inventor®, SolidWorks®and Pro/Engineer®.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will find various employment opportunities in the following fields:

  • CAD Operator
  • Cost Estimator
  • Drafting Manager
  • Drafting Supervisor
  • Mechanical Detailer