CAD Design Schools in Wichita, KS with Degree Overviews

Oct 09, 2018

The Wichita, KS, area has about three colleges that offer CAD design programs. Get some information about the certificate and degree programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Wichita, KS, Schools Offering CAD Design Programs

Three schools located within 50 miles of Wichita offer CAD programs. CAD design programs are found primarily in community colleges and technical institutes, and they typically award certificates or associate's degrees. Related programs that also include CAD training are available, such as those in mechanical engineering technology and manufacturing engineering technology.

One technical school and one community college around Wichita are examined more closely here. Find details about coursework, lab experiences and degrees awarded.

  • At Wichita State University - Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (WSU Tech), students can find certificate and 2-year degree programs in mechanical, engineering and architectural design. The campus is located within Wichita's city limits, about 12 miles northeast of the downtown area.
  • Butler Community College offers a few CAD-related certificate and degree programs in engineering technology. The college is based 30 miles northeast of the downtown Wichita area.

Comparison of Schools

Whether you're considering a certificate or associate's degree in CAD design, it is helpful to consider all factors of the schools providing these studies. Below you will find facts and statistical information reflecting each school's population, graduation rates, financial aid availability, tuition and retention rates.

Wichita State University - Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology Butler Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 4,267* 8,828*
Campus Setting Rural Distant town
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $7,323 (in-state)*
$8,735 (out-of-state)*
$2,940 (in-district)*
$3,270 (in-state)*
$5,070 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 83%* 86%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 100% (open admissions policy)* 100% (open admissions policy)*
Retention Rate (2017) 64%* 60%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2014) 43%* 23%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Wichita State University - Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology

WSU Tech offers certificate and 2-year degree programs. It also offers a variety of continuing education and customized training programs that can be tailored to the needs of an individual business looking to improve its staff's computer, communications or supervisory skills, among other areas.

Certificate of Completion in Engineering Design Technology (AutoCAD)

This program trains students to use CAD software to develop manufacturing and technology products. People can also expect to take courses in mathematics and blueprint reading.

Certificate of Completion in Architectural Design Technology (Chief Architect)

CAD courses in this program focus on the design of buildings for commercial and residential use. They cover industrial processes and the use of desktop software used in the field of architecture.

Certificate of Completion in Engineering Design Technology (CATIA Mechanical Design)

This 12-credit-hour program covers CAD within the context of designing mechanical and machine products. Students learn about CATIA part design and sketching, drafting and assembly design.

Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Design Technology

As they learn how to create mechanical engineering blueprints using CAD, students also take courses in physics, mathematics and natural science. This background helps them understand how the machine tool, electrical and manufacturing blueprints are used.

Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Design Technology

Students take architectural design courses focused on the use of CAD. The knowledge they acquire can be applied at the National Center for Aviation Training to address various issues of commercial and residential architecture in a real-world scenario.

Butler Community College

Students can attend Butler Community College on its main campus in El Dorado or at sites in Council Grove, Andover, Rose Hill or Marion. Courses are also available at McConnell Air Force Base.

Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technology

This program focuses on the use of CAD to create engineering and architectural blueprints. Other courses cover technical writing, trigonometry and manufacturing. Students also learn how to create solid models and building plans, and they have the opportunity to complete an internship.

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