Computer Drafting

Master Drafting Techniques for Architectural, Engineering, and Design

CWI student sitting at a computer studing drafts

Program Overview

Interested in the world of computer-aided design (CAD)? College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers a comprehensive Computer Drafting program, perfect for those looking to dive into this innovative field. This program is an excellent choice for anyone aspiring to become proficient in CAD techniques, whether for architectural, engineering, or design purposes.

You will learn to use industry-standard software like AutoCAD, REVIT, and SolidWorks, mastering the skills required for drafting and design. The course covers fundamental concepts in computer-aided drafting, 3D modeling, and technical drawing, preparing you for various roles in the drafting and design industry. With a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical application, our program is tailored to give you the tools needed for a successful career in computer drafting.

Degree or Certificate Type

Certificate

Cost

$389

Primary Location

CWI students and instructor gathered around a computer

Learning Opportunities

  • AutoCAD & SolidWorks Proficiency: Master industry-standard CAD software for drafting and design.
  • 3D Modeling & Technical Drawing: Learn essential skills in 3D modeling and technical drawing.
  • Industry-Relevant Knowledge: Gain insights into the drafting and design industry.
  • Practical Application: Engage in hands-on projects to apply your learning.
  • Career Preparation: Equip yourself with the skills needed for a successful career in computer drafting.

Area of Study

Minimum age requirement to start this program is 16.

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Completion

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Career Opportunities

  • Architectural and Civil Drafters

    Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

    36

    Annual Openings*

    $22.88

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $47,590

    Annual Median Salary

    17.07%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Mechanical Drafters

    Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

    14

    Annual Openings*

    $23.14

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $48,131

    Annual Median Salary

    5.33%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Electrical and Electronics Drafters

    Prepare wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for the manufacture, installation, or repair of electrical equipment.

    3

    Annual Openings*

    $35.35

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $73,528

    Annual Median Salary

    16.35%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers

    Develop programs to control machining or processing of materials by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems. May also set up, operate, or maintain equipment.

    3

    Annual Openings*

    $23.16

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $48,173

    Annual Median Salary

    38.83%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Drafters, All Other

    All drafters not listed separately.

    3

    Annual Openings*

    $23.03

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $47,902

    Annual Median Salary

    8.87%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Commercial and Industrial Designers

    Design and develop manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children’s toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.

    N/A

    Annual Openings*

    $28.68

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $59,654

    Annual Median Salary

    N/A

    Growth (2021 - 2031)*

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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

Registration

STEP 1

  • Choose your desired AutoCAD, REVIT, or SolidWorks Computer Drafting course, then Add to Cart.

STEP 2

  • Create a new profile, or sign in with your existing username and password if prompted.
  • Complete checkout.

STEP 3

  • Purchase required textbook listed on your registration receipt.

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