Computer Aided Design Operator Certificate (Career)

Program website

Program Manager: Nick Morgan
Phone: 240.629.7902

Program Description

Provides students with a general knowledge and skills required to obtain a position as a CAD technician.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Create two-dimensional production and architectural drawings using basic AutoCAD commands. Print/plot to scale using model and layout space. Use layers to organize and separate information.
  • Create pictorial views and three dimensional drawings. Create multiview drawings from three dimensional models.
  • Describe and recognize the basic features and uses of additional CAD software systems, including AutoDesk Architecture, Revit, Civil 3D, and Micro station.
  • Create architectural sketches, drawings, and models.
  • Prepare house plans in AutoCAD and plot drawings in paper space.
  • Describe the basic properties and uses of materials used in the construction process and evaluate appropriate methods of installation of construction materials.  Illustrate the testing methods used to evaluate the performance and installation of construction materials.
  • Create and revise civil drawings.

Program Requirements

Departmental Requirements
CADT 101AutoCAD I3
CADT 110Introduction to SolidWorks3
CADT 130Revit (BIM)3
CADT 245Civil Drafting with CAD3
GISA 101Introduction to Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS3
Total Credits18

Transfer Note

For more information on careers and transfer, contact the Career and Academic Planning Services office at 301.846.2471 or visit Transfer Services.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)

Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion.

Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 for advising.

Plan of Study Grid
Recommended First SemesterCredits
CADT 101 AutoCAD I 3
CADT 102 AutoCAD II 3
CADT 130 Revit (BIM) 3
Recommended Second Semester
CADT 110 Introduction to SolidWorks 3
CADT 245 Civil Drafting with CAD 3
Recommended Third Semester
GISA 101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS 3
 Total Credits18

Part-time Students

Part-time students should complete courses in the order listed on the pathway. Please contact program manager for questions about part-time status.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer term and January session classes may help students to make faster progress.

Pathway Legend

Milestone - courses with the Milestone notation should be taken within the recommend credit range to stay on track for program completion.

Fall, Spring, Summer - courses with a Fall, Spring, or Summer notation indicate the course is offered in the specified semester only.