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Computer-Aided Design Operator/Drafting Certificate Level I: Architectural, Civil/Structural

Rendering of buildings and water features.



The architectural design technology associate of applied science degree program prepares graduates for entry-level careers as architectural design technologist. Courses within the program include technical design graphics applications, computer-aided design software, solid modeling design, statics, technical specialty courses, and general academic courses.

The architectural design technology associate of applied science degree is awarded for successful completion of the 60 semester credit hours required in degree plans. Students may specialize in Architectural Design Technology. Students desiring a less comprehensive program may consider the computer aided design operator/drafting certificate. This certificate program includes 27-30 semester credit hours of required technical courses.

Graduates of the architectural design technology associate of applied science degree possess the technical skills and knowledge to perform essential design layout, prepare supporting documentation, and create finished construction documentation for production in the commercial and residential industries. A wide variety of employment opportunities are available to graduates.

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Stackable Credentials

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward a Architectural Design Technology AAS Degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
DFTG 1305 Technical Drafting 3
DFTG 1309 Basic Computer-Aided Drafting 3
CNBT 1311 Construction Materials and Methods 3
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework: 1 Year Experience 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
ARCE 1352 Structural Drafting 3
DFTG 2331 Advanced Technologies in Architectural Design and Drafting 3
DFTG 2319 Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting 3
DFTG 2340 Solid Modeling & Design 3
Third Semester Courses 6 Credits
DFTG 1317 Architectural Drafting Residential 3
CNBT 1342 Building Codes and Inspections 3
Computer-Aided Design (Architectural Civil/Structural Track) Operator/Drafting Certificate Program Total 30 Credits

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Career Options

Median wage: $54,7601

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Technician/Draftsperson
  • Design Technician2
  • CAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer)2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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