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Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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Transfer agreements with local 4-year schools streamline student paths towards a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology or architecture

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A field that used to rely on a T-square and pencil has evolved into a dynamic specialization of 2-D and 3-D design used in almost every industry.

Computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) technologists create the blueprints for everything around us. Using software, drafters produce technical drawings for a wide range of industries, including architecture, construction and manufacturing.

Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) Technology teaches the principles of computer-aided drafting and design through a hands-on curriculum that reflects all current industry standards. Students gain expertise designing work in AutoCAD and Inventor Solid software and using 3D printing to visualize and validate designs.

With this degree, you’ll be ready to transfer to a four-year program of study for a bachelor’s degree or enter a high-paying career in mechanical and machine design, structural design, manufacturing or marine design – a popular choice given the area’s opportunities in ship repair and design.

Graduates from this program typically work with engineers, architects and senior designers to prepare plans for the manufacturing, construction and shipbuilding industries.

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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s associate degree in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly at the Portsmouth and Virginia Beach campuses.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
67 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,418.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

If you decide you want to pursue a bachelor’s degree after two years at TCC, you can transfer to Old Dominion University’s mechanical engineering technology program or Hampton University’s architecture program.

A 33-credit Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Certificate of largely technical classes is another choice for students with a degree in a separate field. 

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • are interested in design
  • are detail-oriented
  • work well in teams
  • enjoy working with computers
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You’ll have access to state-of-the-art labs, including the latest AutoCAD and Inventor solid modeling software

The employment rate for CADD technicians is expected to grow at a rate of 6 percent until 2020, according to

Graduates are proficient in Auto-CAD, Revit and Inventor, the three primary software programs used in the industry

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