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Computer Aided Design / Drafting

El Camino’s computer aided design/drafting degree and certificate programs set you on track to an entry-level job in computer aided design or drafting immediately after graduation. Or you can choose to continue your education at another college or university. They’re accessible, affordable paths to a rewarding, in-demand career.

$2,208
Approximate cost for a computer aided design/drafting degree at El Camino College
$59K
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $35,000 to $115,000 with an average salary of $59,000
7%
Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow 7% nationwide from 2016 to 2026

Choose a Degree Designed for Computer Aided Design/Drafting Careers or Transfer

Many El Camino computer aided design/drafting students want to start their careers as soon as possible. Others are looking to advance their existing career or transfer to another school. We’ll help you choose the best option for you.

Our Computer Aided Design/Drafting Associate in Science (AS) degree typically takes two years. You can also earn a certificate in just six months to a year and be ready for an entry-level job.

Computer aided design/drafting education at El Camino will challenge you to be your best. We’ll be here to help. 

Degree

This degree prepares you to pursue a career in computer aided design/drafting or transfer to continue your education. This degree option gives you the flexibility to enter the industry at the entry-level and begin working right away or transfer to a four-year degree program at another school.

  • Learn sketching, manual, and computer aided design/drafting (CAD) fundamentals.
  • Practice 3D design and product modeling.
  • Explore geometric dimensioning and tolerance as prescribed by American Society of Mechanical Engineers standards.
  • Discover career prep classes and explore transfer options.
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Certificates

This certificate upgrades current skills and prepares you to pursue a career in computer aided design/drafting. It’s a great option if you want to enter the industry at the entry-level and begin working right away.

  • Learn to use CAD software to create and interpret engineering drawings at an industry entry skill level.
  • Practice sketching, manual and computer aided design/drafting fundamentals.
  • Create and interpret 3D CAD models.
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This certificate upgrades current skills and prepares you to pursue a career in computer aided design/drafting in just a few months.

  • Learn the basics of creating technical drawings using traditional manual drafting instruments and sketching and computer aided design/drafting (CADD) using AutoCAD software.
  • Explore lettering, sketching multiview drawings, geometric construction, computer and orthographic CADD, threads and fasteners, and working and assembly drawings using CADD software.
  • Create solid modeling, assemblies, and 2D drawings.
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Pursue an Entry-Level Computer Aided Design/Drafting Job or Further Education

As an El Camino computer aided design/drafting graduate, you’ll be ready to start work immediately or to pursue additional education at another school. We’ll help you build the knowledge and hands-on skills for any career you choose.

  • Work in a broad range of job positions like civil drafter, architectural drafter, electrical drafter, mechanical drafter, CAD operator, and CAD technician.
  • Pursue additional education for increased job opportunities.
  • Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $35,000 to $115,000 with an average salary of $59,000.

Build Your Computer Aided Design/Drafting Network Beyond the Classroom

As an El Camino computer aided design/drafting student, you become part of a professional community. The perspectives and connections you develop here will prove valuable throughout your career.

  • Gain hands-on work experience through employment or volunteer work in a position related to your career interest.
  • Learn from experts in the computer aided design/drafting field.
  • Improve job skills, analyze career opportunities and requirements, and explore your interests and career goals.
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Academic Details

Learn about course requirements and more for Computer Aided Design/Drafting AS, Computer Aided Design/Drafting Certificate of Achievement and AutoCAD Mechanical Drafting Trainee Certificate of Accomplishment in El Camino’s online catalog.

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Computer Aided Design/Drafting Program Maps

Find semester-by-semester plans that chart your path to a Computer Aided Design/Drafting AS degree, Computer Aided Design/Drafting Certificate of Achievement, and AutoCAD Mechanical Drafting Trainee Certificate of Accomplishment.

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Connect with the Faculty

Use the Faculty Directory to connect with Faculty in your program.

Contact Info

El Camino College

Computer Aided Design/Drafting Department

310-660-3593 x3624

Department Lead: Vince Phamdo

vphamdo@elcamino.edu