The majority of the courses in a CAD certificate program will teach students how to correctly use a CAD system. Some CAD certificate programs may have a skills assessment test that must be passed to successfully conclude the program.
Certificate in Computer-Assisted Design
A majority of the courses will focus on aspects of computer-assisted design that are relevant to cabinet making. Some courses, if offered, will feature software programs commonly used by cabinetmakers, such as Cabinet Vision, which allows drafters to create a 3-D model of the final product that also includes information on how the cabinet is to be constructed. Students in a CAD certificate program could learn about the use of measurement systems, geometric construction techniques, drafting formats, freehand technical sketches and the creation of proper drawing annotations. Course topics in a CAD curriculum may include:
- Technical drafting
- Basic, Advanced, and 3-D CAD
- Introduction to Cabinet Vision
- Introduction to CAD and its applications
Job Outlook and Salary Information
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the employment of drafters is expected to decrease by three percent from 2014 to 2024. Also reported by the BLS, the median annual salary of a drafter was $52,720 in May 2015.
Continuing Education Information
The next step for graduates of a certificate program in computer-assisted design (CAD) is an associate's degree. An associate's degree will provide students with a thorough introduction to each and every aspect of using CAD software. Some programs may also feature an internship, which allows students to gain some practical experience before applying for jobs in the field.
Certification for graduates of a CAD certificate program is handled through many different organizations. Those students who wish to enter into the field of cabinet design may seek certification for the use of the Cabinet Vision software program. Certification for this program is handled by the company itself and requires the completion of certification classes and a final exam. The certification classes can be completed online.
Students interested in cabinet drafting can take courses that will teach them about computer-assisted design (CAD). Associate's degree programs will also be available with the potential for an internship.