AutoCAD Technology Certificate and Degree Programs in Arizona

Arizona has around six schools that offer AutoCAD technology programs. Learn about certificate and degree programs, tuition info and program options for four of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Essential Information

AutoCAD training in Arizona is offered at public 2-year colleges. Certificate programs vary in length, depending on the school and learning level. Some programs are as short as nine credit hours, while others are as long as 50 credit hours; most, however, fall in between at around 20-30 credit hours. One Arizona college also offers a relevant associate degree program. Short overviews of school programs can be found below, as well as a comparison table for reference that explains individual school offerings and tuition information at a glance.

Arizona Western College

Located in Yuma, Arizona Western College offers an occupational certificate and an associate's degree in drafting CAD technology. The certificate curriculum requires a total of 39 credit hours while the AAS degree requires 64 credit hours. Students can expect to complete courses in drafting industrial graphics, computer aided drafting and mathematics for the applied sciences. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions involving industrial graphics drafting and related technological applications.

Cochise College

Cochise College in Douglas offers a Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate that requires around 27 credit hours that can be completed in 17 months. Students can expect courses in technical graphics, manufacturing processes, spatial relationships and engineering design. In addition, this school offers a certificate program in general computer-aided drafting. The curriculum requires 18 credit hours, which includes courses on manufacturing materials, technical graphics and computer-aided drafting. This program can be completed in nine months.

Glendale Community College

Glendale Community College offers a 16-credit CAD Fundamentals Certificate gives students a basic understanding of AutoCAD and computer-aided design in general. Applying computer skills with critical analysis, students learn the foundations of 3-D modeling, design and application. Students completing this certificate can pursue an associate's degree in design or enter the workplace as construction design specialists and CAD operators. Courses include elements of CAD graphics, fundamentals of AutoCAD, 3-Dimensional modeling and survey of CAD.

A CAD application certificate program is also available. This 12-credit degree program gives students a practical understanding of AutoCAD and how it relates to civil, architectural and manufacturing design. This certificate includes many of the same courses as the CAD Fundamentals Certificate but gives students a different perspective of design, offering several construction and building courses that are not required in the CAD Fundamentals Certificate. Glendale Community College additionally offers an associate in applied science degree for CAD technology. This program requires around 64 to 69 credit hours to complete and requires students to take many of the same courses as the CAD certificate programs in addition to requiring many general education courses.

Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College, located in Arizona's third largest city, has several satellite campuses throughout the state and is one of the most popular 2-year colleges available. This school offers a variety of certificate programs. For instance, the Certificate of Completion in Computer Aided Design and Drafting Level I is a 9-hour certificate program offering the most basic CAD training available at this institution. Students will take classes in construction drawing and computer aided design and drafting (CADD).

The residential drafting CADD level II certificate program involves 24 credit hours that can be completed after the Level I program, which is a prerequisite. Students will take classes in residential architectural detailing and drafting and will complete a 3-unit internship. After completing this certificate program, students can work as architectural drafting technicians.

The commercial drafting CADD level II certificate program prepares students to work as drafting technicians for architecture firms that work with commercial buildings. Over the course of the 27-unit program, students will take classes on building codes, commercial architectural drafting and detailing and building construction techniques.

After completing the 33-unit architectural detailing CADD level III certificate program, students are qualified to work as architectural detailers for architecture firms. In addition to completing a certificate, students will take advanced classes in drafting and detailing.

The architectural CADD level III certificate program prepares students for work as architectural computer technicians. Coursework covers topics in drafting and computer-aided design and will familiarize students with advanced architectural software. The certificate program can be completed in 27 hours.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting AutoCAD Technology Programs Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Arizona Western College Two-year; public; small city Drafting CAD Technology Occupational Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Drafting CAD Technology
$2,540 in-state; $9,530 out-of-state*
Cochise College Two-year; public; distant rural Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate,
General Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate
$1,848 in-state; $6,000 out-of-state*
Glendale Community College Two-year; public; large suburb Certificate of Completion (CCL) in CAD Fundamentals,
CCL in CAD Application,
Associate in Applied Science in CAD Technology
$2,046 in-state; $7,830 out-of-state*
Mesa Community College Two-year; public; large city CCL in Computer Aided Design and Drafting Level I,
CCL in Residential Drafting CADD Level II,
CCL in Commercial Drafting CADD Level II,
CCL in Architectural Detailing CADD Level III,
CCL in Architectural CADD Level III
$2,046 in-state; $7,830 out-of-state*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

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