Computer Aided Design/Drafting (CADD) is a method to create 2D or 3D models on the computer in a variety of engineering fields. CADD users develop the plans that builders or machinists use to then build the final product. It has replaced the older version of drafting that used to be done by hand. CADD allows the user to store future projects, share them with other users, and update the plans as needed to meet the unique specifications of the project.

Basic Mechanical Drafting Certificate

  • DFTG.1009 - Introduction to Basic CADD (autoCAD)                64 contact hours
  • DFTG.1045 - Parametric Modeling & Design (Solidworks)       64 contact hours

3-D Drafting/Modeling Certificate (128 contact hours)

  • DFTG.1033 - Mechanical Drafting (Inventor)                              64 contact hours
  • DFTG.2040 - Solid Modeling Design (Inventor)                          64 contact hours

Residential/Architectural Drafting Certificate (64 contact hours)

  • DFTG.1017 - Introduction to Architectural Drafting (Revit)       64 contact hours


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Applicants must complete the Computer Aided Drafting/Design program application BEFORE they can be admitted into the program and are eligible for registration. If under 18, Minor Consent Form is required and must be completed then uploaded with the application.

Required Books

Basic CADD (AutoCAD) and Mechanical Drafting (Inventor)
Textbook: Tools for Design Using AutoCAD 2023 and Autodesk Inventor 2023; Hand Sketching, 2D Drawing, and 3-D Modeling; Author: Randy H. Shih; Publisher: SDC Publications;                      ISBN: 978-1-63057-512-0
Introduction to Architectural Drafting (Revit)
Textbook: Residential Design using Autodesk Revit, 1st Edition (2023); Author: Daniel John Stine; Publisher: SDC Publications; ISBN: 978-1-63057-507-6
3-D Solid Modeling/Design (Inventor)
Textbook: Parametric Modeling with AutoDesk Inventor (2023); Authors: Randy H. Shih & Luke Jumper; Publisher: SDC Publications; ISBN: 978-1-63057-506-9
Parametric Modeling & Design (SolidWorks)
Textbook: Parametric Modeling with SOLIDWORKS (2023); Authors: Paul J. Schilling & Randy H. Shih; Publisher: SDC Publications; ISBN: 978-1-63057-549-6

Career Options

Upon successful completion, graduates will receive a Weatherford College certificate of completion. Students can work as a Civil Drafter, Architectural Drafter, Electrical Drafter, Mechanical Drafter, CADD Operator, or CADD Technician.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Annual median wage for drafters in May 2020 was

Related Programs

Students wanting to continue their education and career might be interested in the Welding, Machining/CNC and Industrial Maintenance & Automation (IMAT) programs.


Funding assistance through the Workforce Education Grant and Weatherford College Foundation Scholarship for Workforce Education may be available for eligible applicants, until funds are depleted. Please visit the Financial Assistance page for applications. This program does not qualify for FAFSA.

Computer Aided Design/Drafting (CADD)


Weatherford Campus: 817-598-8870
Wise County Campus: 940-626-3304

Number of Credits

  • 6.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per course completed