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TCC Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)


Mechanical Drafting and Design Technologies Program

Prepare and develop engineering design drawings

Use AutoCAD and/or Autodesk

Job Opportunities


Focuses on teaching students to prepare and develop engineering design drawings on the computer in support of mechanical engineering primarily in the areas of

    • heavy construction,
    • industrial piping,
    • structural design and
    • general manufacturing (CAD/CAM).
    • Related areas of
      • electrical drafting,
      • welding representation,
      • sheet metal layout work, and
      • industrial piping are also covered in the program.

All student work is prepared using AutoCAD and/or Autodesk Inventor Solid Modeling Software. Completing both 2 and 3 dimensional presentations, students will properly incorporate national and international drafting and design practices and procedures expected within industry today. Additionally, students are expected to successfully complete courses relating to: industrial materials and processes, engineering static’s and dynamics, Autodesk CAD software (including AutoCAD and Inventor), drafting and design theory, and related math and science classes. Furthermore, successful completion the student’s general education coursework is required. This program provides the students in the CADD - Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology area with the broad-based background desired of our AAS CADD Degree graduates.

Our students from the Mechanical Drafting and Design Technologies Program at TCC, are most often employed in areas related to

  • mechanical design,
  • manufacturing, and
  • construction/fabrication.

They have been employed by many of the major companies in the area such as:

  • NASA,
  • Northrop Grumman, Newport News,
  • Dynamic Engineering,
  • Sumitomo,
  • The Army Corps of Engineering,
  • CDI Marine,
  • URS Griener,
  • Woodward, and Clyde, Architects and Engineers; and
  • Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corporation and others.

Some of our Mechanical Design Technology students have moved smoothly into the civil and architectural areas, and are working successfully demonstrating the performance and potential expected of them. Having started at TCC some of our AAS CADD graduates have, or are currently completing the requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees from Old Dominion University's Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Program; advancing their education and potential even further. Regardless of the area of computer-aided drafting and design, those graduating from the CADD Program at TCC will be equipped to demonstrate the professional knowledge and performance required of those going into industry and/or on to complete the university programs with which the community colleges are associated.

If you would like to know more about the CADD Program at TCC you should talk with the CADD faculty at the Portsmouth or Virginia Beach Campuses about your educational and career interests.