Students in Massachusetts who are looking for AutoCAD training will find a handful of 2-year community colleges as well as a 4-year technical school that offer certificate- or associate's degree-level education. Most of these schools feature 1-year certificate programs in computer-aided design (CAD) rather than degree programs in AutoCAD technology, however, students will gain AutoCAD software training. Students will find general CAD training, as well as courses that are specific to fields like architecture and engineering. Profiled below are the five schools offering CAD training in Massachusetts. Programs include:
- Computer-Aided Design
- Architectural Technology
- Manufacturing Technology
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Students in Boston will find AutoCAD training through the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. This school offers an associate degree program in construction management that includes training in computer-aided drafting. Students complete coursework in computer-aided drawing and design, architectural office procedures and general education, as well as gain hands-on training through architectural projects. Within the Architectural Technology Department, students have access to a drafting lab and computer-aided drawing lab.
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Located in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts Bay Community College offers a certificate in computer-aided design. This program requires students to complete 20 credits worth of coursework. The curriculum includes an introductory course in computer-aided drafting and design, as well as engineering design courses in CAD.
Middlesex Community College
Students located in Bedford can complete the certificate program in engineering technology for CAD programs is offered at Middlesex Community College. Students enrolled in this program take courses like mechanical drafting, geometric dimensioning and basic solid modeling. In order to obtain the certificate, students must complete 24 credits. Upon graduation of the program, students demonstrate proficiency in creating complex drawings using CAD software, resolve design problems and understand how to work CAD specific software packages, such as AutoCAD.
North Shore Community College
Prospective AutoCAD students in Danvers will find training opportunities at North Shore Community College. This school offers a 23-credit certificate curriculum in computer-aided drafting appropriate for students interested in either manufacturing or architecture. The curriculum includes coursework in computer-aided design, technical writing, composition and information technology. Within the two computer-aided design principle courses, students will gain extensive hands-on training with AutoCAD software.
Quinsigamond Community College
Located in Worcester, Quinsigamond Community College is a two-year college that offers associate degree and certificate programs. Students interested in AutoCAD will find a certificate program in computer-aided drafting. This one-year program utilizes the most up-to-date CAD software to train students, and the curriculum adheres to the National CADD Standards.
Students interested in a degree that will train them in AutoCAD may wish to look into the school's associate degree program in manufacturing technology. This program trains students in computer-aided drafting, as well as blueprint reading and business operation, and it adheres to the National CADD Standards. Students who have completed the certificate program in computer-aided drafting may apply their credits towards the manufacturing technology program.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||AutoCAD Training Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology||Four-year, primarily associate's, private, not-for-profit; large city||Associate of Science in Construction Management||$16,950*|
|Massachusetts Bay Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Computer-Aided Design Certificate||$4,496 in-state, $9,440 out-of-state*|
|Middlesex Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Engineering Technology-CAD Certificate||$4,514 in-state, $9,458 out-of-state*|
|North Shore Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Computer-Aided Design Certificate||$4,536 in-state, $10,104 out-of-state*|
|Quinsigamond Community College||Two-year, public; midsize city|| Computer-Aided Design Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Manufacturing Technology
|$5,302 in-state, $10,246 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator