Computer Aided Design

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Computer Aided Design

  • Computer Aided Design

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Computer aided design technicians and drafters design multi-dimensional objects and use industry-standard software and collect field and shop data. Equipped with the ability to draw, design, think critically and solve problems, CAD technicians also design databases and communicate scientific and mathematical information. As a student in NWCCD’s Computed Aided Design program, you will learn these industry-standard skills while also learning to use relevant technology and software, like AutoCAD, Revit and more.


Industry Outlook

The field of Computer Aided Design is a key component to engineering, architecture, landscape design, construction, transportation, HVAC, surveying, mapping and more. Job growth is predicted for a variety of careers related to the Computer Aided Design industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth for Drafters, Surveying and Mapping Technicians, Industry Designers, Machinists and more.


Careers and Opportunities

Computer aided design technicians and drafters work in a variety of fields, from developing power lines to designing wells.  Earning NWCCD’s highly regarded Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Aided Design at Sheridan College will give you the skills you need to join the field as a technician or advance your education and pursue job opportunities such as:


  • Architectural and civil drafters
  • Machinists
  • Industrial designers
  • Engineer technicians
  • Electrical drafters
  • Mechanical engineering technicians
  • Civil engineering technicians
  • Surveyors
  • CNC machine tool programmers
  • Mapping technicians

Research additional employment information by viewing this program’s gainful employment page.


Our CAD students at NWCCD learn how to use current versions of industry software like AutoCAD, Civil 3-D, Revit, Inventor, MicroStation and ArcGIS.


Our Program

Our NWCCD Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Aided Design will help you develop a combination of skills and knowledge through hands-on training on industry-relevant software and hardware. Our CAD program focuses on science, mathematics, communication and project management techniques. As a student in our CAD program at Sheridan College, our expert faulty will guide you through practical lab projects, allowing you to gain the technical and design skills you need to launch your career in drafting.


Our CAD courses prepare our students for industry-relevant certifications, such as AutoCAD, Revit and SolidWorks. You will have the opportunity to create detailed technical drawings using state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and software, including GIS, GPS, and surveying-related equipment. Courses in this program include Introduction to GIS, Engineering Graphics, Architectural Drafting, Civil Drafting, Engineering Surveying, MicroStation Fundamentals, and an Engineering Technology Capstone, which gives you hands-on experience in multi-disciplinary data collection and modeling.


Our Computed Aided Design degree program at Sheridan College will give you the skills to launch your career in drafting.


Faculty and Community

Computer aided design drafters need technical skills, design knowledge and a strong familiarity with industry software. Our faculty at NWCCD Sheridan College will help you acquire the fundamental skills you need while introducing you to industry-relevant technology. Our expert faculty will make sure you are prepared to succeed in the field of Computer Aided Design, ready to design, collect data and articulate scientific and mathematical information.


Our NWCCD faculty bring years of experience as drafters, technicians, designers and engineers to the classrooms and labs at Sheridan College. In addition to learning Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and AutoCAD, you will learn key project management skills to enhance your career. Our faculty work with industry professionals and organizations to ensure our program requirements and outcomes help our graduates meet the needs of the industry across Wyoming and beyond.



Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) is a multi-campus community college serving Sheridan, Campbell, and Johnson Counties.

Sheridan College

1 Whitney Way
Sheridan, WY 82801
Phone: 307-675-0505
Phone: 888-675-0505

Gillette College

300 West Sinclair
Gillette, WY 82718
Phone: 307-681-6000
Phone: 888-681-6070