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Architectural CAD Technology & CAD-BIM Technology

Architectural CAD Technology & CAD-BIM Technology



The Architectural CAD Technology program provides students with the background, knowledge, and skills required to begin a career in architectural CAD design and drafting. Students develop the flexibility to adapt to changing technology which affects the architecture, engineering and construction industries.

The program emphasizes the development of studio, drafting and computer skills; critical thinking and problem solving skills; knowledge of building materials, construction methods and costs; and portfolio development.

Skills & Knowledge

Examples of skills and knowledge gained through the successful completion of the program include the ability to:

  • Produce construction documents using drafting skills, terminology, and symbols.
  • Use CAD software to construct 2D and 3D construction documents for architecture, civil engineering and construction applications.
  • Interpret working construction documents to create estimates and bills of materials.
  • Create and modify construction documents using Building Information Technology (BIM) software.
  • Use CAD software to customize menus, toolbars, scripts, sheet sets, and commands for specific applications.

See program competencies for each degree or certificate for complete listing of skills and knowledge.

Program Certificate & Degree

In this program you can earn the following:


Students planning to transfer to a university to pursue a bachelor's degree in Architecture should contact the Transfer Center for specific information on transfer requirements.

Employment Outlook

Program graduates are prepared for entry level careers with architectural and engineering firms, residential and commercial builders, construction companies, municipal planning offices, land development offices, and structural steel detailing firms.

Completion of the CAD-BIM certificate prepares students for entry level positions as CAD or BIM drafters, technicians and managers and offers career advancement opportunities for persons currently employed in design/drafting positions.

For more information, visit O*NET online, which provides detailed information on workers, salaries, expected job growth and characteristics of the occupation.