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Computer-Aided Drafting

Computer-Aided Drafting
Associate of Applied Science

Program Description

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “increases in overall construction activity stemming from U.S. population growth and the related need to improve the Nation’s infrastructure should spur demand for drafters trained in architectural and civil design.” Computers have taken over production drawing and are now being used in a variety of related fields; virtually all technical and scientific disciplines use technical drawings and are adopting computer-aided drawing and modeling. The Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting includes general education courses and is designed to improve analytic and communication skills. The core of the program consists of CADT courses with a heavy emphasis on lab work. Drafting conventions are covered in the architectural and technical drafting courses. 

Career and educational advancement opportunities

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting program, students are prepared for entry-level positions as CAD operators. Graduates of the program have been successfully placed, and many have already advanced to technician and project management positions. The Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting degree, while occupational in nature, can be transferred to the UNM-Main and applied toward a Bachelor's in Organization, Information and Learning Sciences in the College of Education and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts. However, career-technical courses are not guaranteed to transfer as credit. Additionally, grades earned in technical courses are not to be included in the grade point average at the UNM- Main and may not be included in the GPA at other four-year institutions. 


Information about the associate of applied science in computer-aided drafting degree program is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or or the Business, Technology and Fine Arts Division, at 505.925-8711.

Course prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites by achievement of minimum placement scores on the ACCUPLACER or ACT or through completion of course work.

 Course: ENGL 100 and UNIV 101or equivalent – or place into ENGL 110;

Credit Hours: 4 and 3; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 166+/19

Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6-7 credits)
ENGL 110 (Accelerated Composition) or 112 (Composition II) or 113 (Enhanced Composition)3 or 3 or 4
ENGL 219 (Technical and Professional Writing) or CJ 130 (Public Speaking)3
Mathematics (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Mathematics. Engineering transfer students should select MATH 150.
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Physical and Natural Sciences, which must include a lab. Suggested courses are: CHEM 111, CHEM 122/124L, PHYC 160/160L. Engineering transfer students should select PHYC 160/160L.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
PSY 105 (General Psychology) or SOC 101 (Introduction to Sociology)3
Humanities or Foreign Language (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities or Foreign Language.
Fine Arts (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Fine Arts.
CADT Core Requirements (38 credits)
CS 150L (Computing for Business Students) or IT 121 (Electronic Spreadsheets)3
IT elective3
CADT 150 (Intro to Computer-Aided Drafting)3
CADT 171 (Computer Modeling for 3D Printing)3
CADT 185 (Architectural Drafting)4
CADT 191 (Introduction to 3D Printing)4
CADT 195 (Introduction to Technical Drafting)4
CADT 260 (Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting)4
CADT 270 (Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting)4
CADT 295 (Practicum/Cooperative Education)3 or 4
One additional CADT course3 or 4
Choose from: CADT 160 (Intro to AutoDesk Revit), CADT 180 (3D Studio), CADT 255 (Intro to Architectural Modeling), or CADT 293 (Topics in CADT)
Total required (60 credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main or other 4-year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion.