Computer-aided drafting (CAD) and computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) programs teach students to use software, such as AutoCAD, to create construction documents and product designs used in the construction, architecture, and engineering fields. Students in Nevada may choose to earn a certificate or an associate's degree in the field. Associate's degrees usually add general education courses to the curriculum and can take two years to earn, while certificate programs take about a year. At least one of the programs in Nevada requires the completion of a capstone project.
Nevada students looking for AutoCAD training might find a few public and private nonprofit schools offering individual courses in this field; however, only two public schools have career training programs. These colleges are profiled below.
College of Southern Nevada
The College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas offers a 30-credit CADD certificate program that introduces students to AutoCAD and other design software, like SolidWorks and Revit. The curriculum includes courses in basic, intermediate and advanced computer-aided drafting, systems management and civil drafting. Other degree programs such as the associate degree in Architectural Design Technology do provide one or two course covering the basic of the AutoCAD design software.
Truckee Meadows Community College
Situated in Reno, this community college offers AutoCAD courses through its Applied Industrial Technologies Department. Program options include a 21-credit CAD technician certificate program or a 33-credit drafting certificate that covers such topics as CAD software commands and technical drafting techniques. Students enrolled in the Drafting Technology program can also take an elective course to learn how to customize AutoCAD's tool bars, menus and script files. By contrast the CAD technician program offers students the opportunity to take courses focusing on print reading for industry in addition to the technical drafting technique courses.
Truckee Meadow's 62-credit associate degree program in manufacturing technologies with a drafting emphasis includes additional general education coursework as well as advanced technical drafting classes that explore such topics as assembly drawings, pictorial drawings and descriptive geometry. A capstone project and 3D modeling course are among other program requirements.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||AutoCAD Training Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|College of Southern Nevada||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city||Certificate of Achievement in CADD Technology||$3,492 in-state, $10,371 out-of-state*|
|Truckee Meadows Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| CAD Technician Skills Certificate,
Certificate of Achievement in Drafting Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Manufacturing Technologies- Drafting Emphasis
|$2,963 in-state; $9,876 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator