There are more than 40 higher education institutions in Maine; 3 of these offer programs that include introductory and advanced courses in computer aided design (CAD). Training for CAD is offered through certificate and associate's degree programs at community colleges. Programs include didactic instruction as well as lot of time in computer labs, learning and practicing CAD programming.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that entry-level jobs in drafting typically require an associate's degree and that on-the-job training is not common in this field. Read about the 3 schools in Maine that offer formal training for CAD design, and weigh the options and costs outlined in the school comparison table.
Eastern Maine Community College
Eastern Maine Community College is located in Bangor, a small city. EMCC offers certificates and associate degrees and enrolls close to 2,000 students each year. The associate degree in computer aided drafting and design (CADD) at this school requires completion of 61-63 units, including classes like engineering drawing and design, 3D CADD, mechanical model and design, physics, human relations, and business and technical writing. A 1-year certificate program is also available in this field of study and requires 30 units of coursework.
Kennebec Valley Community College
Fairfield, Maine, is home to Kennebec Valley Community College, where more than 2,500 students are enrolled in its certificate and associate degree programs. This school offers an Associate in Science in Computer Aided Drafting and Design which includes training in construction and technical print reading, computer aided design, trigonometry, and mechanical design. This degree program requires 61-62 credits and can be completed in 4 semesters.
York County Community College
Wells, a rural town in southern Maine, is where York County Community College is located. The architectural drafting and design certificate program at this school consists of 27 credit hours covering CAD, architecture, and building design subjects. Courses that teach CAD skills are also included in the 62-credit Associate in Applied Science in Architectural & Engineering Design program offered at YCCC. Architectural materials, introductory CAD, sustainable design, 3D CAD, and physics are some of the topics covered in this program. Students can learn to create architectural plans and models using CAD software.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||CAD Design Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Eastern Maine Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting and Design,
Associate in Science in Computer Aided Drafting and Design
| $3,810 in-state,
|Kennebec Valley Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Associate in Science in Computer Aided Drafting and Design|| $3,385 in-state,
|York County Community College||2-year, public; distant rural|| Certificate in Architectural Drafting and Design,
Associate in Applied Science in Architectural & Engineering Design
| $3,480 in-state,
Source: *NCES College Navigator