Phoenix Drafting Technology Schools
In the Phoenix area, several certificate programs are available in the field of drafting technology. The two colleges featured here are all less than half an hour from the city's center. Read about their required coursework and focus areas, and then check out a table of school statistics for comparison. Info on a third school option is provided too.
- Glendale Community College, located approximately 10 miles from downtown Phoenix, offers two certificate programs in CAD technology. These programs require 12-16 credit hours of study and can prepare graduates for careers in drafting technology.
- Located about 15 miles from Phoenix's downtown area, Mesa Community College offers a variety of certificate programs that focus on drafting technology or include coursework in CAD drafting. Graduates are prepared to work in entry-level positions or advance to intermediate drafting positions.
Comparison of Schools
The profiled schools, as two-year public institutions, have the same tuition rates and offer open admissions. Use this table to explore these facts along with areas where the colleges differ, such as in student enrollment numbers and graduation rates.
|Glendale Community College||Mesa Community College|
|School Type||Two-year, public*||Two-year, public*|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||19,033*||20,424*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees 2017-2018|| $2,094 in-state,
$7,878 for out-of-state students*
| $2,094 in-state,
$7,878 for out-of-state students*
|Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||68%*||66%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||Open admission*||Open admission*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||66% of full-time students*||64% of full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (Students began in 2014)||18%*||16%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
Glendale Community College
The Department of Technology and Consumer Sciences at Glendale Community College offers two certificate programs in CAD technology. The school's basic CAD certificate program provides instruction in fundamental CAD use, while the CAD application certificate program gives students instruction in three-dimensional modeling techniques used for architectural, civil or manufacturing design.
Certificate of Completion in CAD Fundamentals
This program requires completion of 16 credit hours. Courses cover topics like the elements of CAD graphics, advanced two-dimensional CAD techniques and three-dimensional AutoCAD modeling.
Certificate of Completion in CAD Application
This program requires 12 credit hours of study and includes courses in trigonometry for design technology, fundamentals in two-dimensional AutoCAD and elements of CAD graphics. Before students can qualify for this program, they must complete the designated prerequisite courses found in the basic CAD program plus three additional drafting and math courses (which are specified in the course catalog).
Mesa Community College
Mesa Community College's drafting certificate programs provide different levels of instruction on how to use CAD programs to produce drawings. These programs focus on a variety of drafting topics, such as construction or residential drafting.
Certificate of Completion in Computer Aided Drafting
This 19-credit hour program can teach students how to use CAD systems to generate regular and two-dimensional drawings, customize CAD programs and prepare drawings using traditional drafting instruments, such as triangles and scales. Courses cover topics like computer information systems, CAD drafting and technical drafting. Graduates are prepared to work as entry-level drafters.
Certificate of Completion in CNC Machining I & II
Students in the 34-credit hour level I certificate program in CNC machining learn how to transfer product sketches into CAD and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programs to enable computer numerical control (CNC) systems to produce the product. The curriculum of the level II program, which requires an additional 15 credit hours of study, builds upon the knowledge gained from the level I program by providing instruction in the limitations of CAM and CNC programs. Courses in the level I program cover CAD/CNC/CAM programming, technical mathematics and solids modeling. Credits earned in the level II program may be applied towards the school's AAS in Manufacturing Technology.
Certificate of Completion in Mechanical Drafting
This 34- to 37-credit hour program teaches students how to prepare machine drawings using drafting equipment. Students can also learn to program and operate CAD systems that generate regular and three-dimensional drawings. Courses include AutoCAD, 3D printing and geometric dimensioning.
Associate in Applied Science in Drafting and Design Technology
This 64- to 70-credit program includes coursework in areas like mechanical drafting, computer-aided design and the drafting industry. Technical mathematics, machine processes, intermediate drafting, industrial safety and the properties of materials will also be explored.
Other School Options
Scottsdale Community College, located about 18 miles from the Phoenix downtown area, offers an Associate of Applied Science and a Certificate of Completion in Architectural Technology. Graduates of these programs are prepared to work as CAD drafters at interior design, engineering or architecture offices.