Computer Drafting Career Training in Rancho Cordova, CA

Oct 30, 2018

There are four schools within 25 miles of Rancho Cordova, CA, that have computer drafting training programs. Get some information about the degrees and certificates, and see some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Rancho Cordova, CA, Schools with Computer Drafting Programs

The Rancho Cordova, CA, area has a small number of schools offering career training in computer drafting. Most of these programs are at the certificate and 2-year degree levels and may focus on a specific type of computer drafting, such as architectural or mechanical design. Learn about the computer drafting programs found at two community colleges within a commutable distance from Rancho Cordova. Get details about coursework and the required number of credits needed to successfully complete each program, and learn helpful facts about each school in the table provided in this article.

  • Sierra College is located approximately 17 miles northeast of downtown Rancho Cordova. Its related programs include those in computer-aided drafting and mechanical engineering.
  • Cosumnes River College offers 2 certificates and an associate's degree in architectural design technology, which include courses in computer drafting. The campus is found in Sacramento, about 12 miles southwest of downtown Rancho Cordova.

Comparison of Schools

While examining different computer drafting programs, it is a good idea to also take a close look at what schools providing these studies have to offer. Get statistics and facts regarding each school's tuition, retention and graduation rates, financial aid availability and student population.

Sierra College Cosumnes River College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 18,221* 14,120*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,142 (in-state)*
$6,214 (out-of-state)*
$1,104 (in state)*
$8,208 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 56%* 73%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A- open admissions policy* N/A-open admissions policy*
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2017) 72%* 74%*
Graduation Rate (students began their studies in 2014) 35%* 24%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Sierra College

Located in Rocklin, CA, Sierra College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The drafting and engineering support division offers computer drafting career training programs that teach students how to draft and interpret architectural and mechanical designs and how to use computer-aided drafting software.

Drafting Essentials Certificate

This vocational skill-building certificate is for students with no prior knowledge of computer-aided drafting, or CAD. The 12-credit curriculum includes courses in technical drafting, architectural drawing and computer-aided design. The certificate is intended to help students gain entry-level employment as an engineering technology assistant or design technician.

Associate of Science in Drafting and Engineering Support (Mechanical/Civil Concentration)

This 60-credit degree program requires 24.5-28 credits and can be completed in 2 years of study. The curriculum focuses on mechanical and civil engineering and includes courses in technical drafting, computer-aided drafting, computer-aided design, geometric dimensioning and three-dimensional modeling. Graduates with the associate's degree are qualified to work as a document or design support technician.

Associate of Science in Drafting and Engineering Support (Architectural/Civil Concentration)

This 60-credit associate's degree program in architectural engineering support requires 21.5-25 credits in core courses. The curriculum includes courses in technical drafting, computer-aided drafting, architectural drawing and an internship. Graduates are prepared for support technician and drafting technician positions in interior design, kitchen or bath design and architectural design.

Cosumnes River College

Cosumnes River College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Students who major in computer drafting can transfer to a 4-year university and can take advantage of the college's computer-aided drafting laboratory.

Certificate of Achievement in Interior Building Architecture/Building Information Modeling

Students looking to study computer drafting can choose from two certificate programs. An interior building architecture and a building information modeling certificate each include coursework in architectural sketching and modeling, architectural computer-aided drawing and building information modeling. The 25-credit architectural interior building option focuses on architectural design concepts while the 19-22-credit building information model certificate emphasizes architectural building space and energy conservation.

Associate of Science in Architectural Design Technology--Interior Building Architecture or Building Information Modeling

Students complete 25-28 credit hours of primary coursework for the associate's degree in architectural design technology focusing on one of two areas: Interior Building Architecture or Building Information Modeling. Both programs cover computer-aided drawing, 3D modeling and architectural sketching. However, the building information modeling degree will cover more in-depth interior space analysis and design. The interior building architecture degree consists of additional studies in architectural working drawings and construction estimating. Graduates can enter directly into the field of computer drafting or transfer to a program in architecture/interior building architecture.

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