Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CAD):

Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CAD) engineering technicians use special computer software applications to create sketches, graphics, and drawings., As members of design and production teams, architectural engineering technicians work with the architect, engineer, or project designer to create details, specifications, layouts, and graphic representations necessary for new construction developments, houses, buildings, or other infrastructure projects. Mechanical engineering technicians prepare technical drawings, specifications and plans used by production and construction workers to build everything from manufactured products for example as electronic devices, automobiles, industrial machinery, and aircraft to structures such as bridges, oil and gas pipelines. The Computer Aided Drafting and Design Engineering Technology program at Lawson State offers opportunities in technical training necessary for students choosing a drafting/design career in the fields of architecture, construction, manufacturing, and engineering. Additional career pathways include Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), 3D graphics, animation and illustration, construction management, and rapid prototyping. This program provides a strong academic and technical base, giving the graduate the needed skills and knowledge for immediate employment and the foundation for professional growth.


Benefits of choosing Lawson State for your program


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  • Experience: 50+ years of combined experience by instructors in the CAD program.
  • Personal Attention:  Our average class has 10- 20 students; whereas the CAD Program will include 12–15 students.
  • The student-faculty ratio is only 13:1—one of the more desirable in higher education. At Lawson State Community College, you’ll enjoy extraordinary access to professors, resources, opportunities, and to the world.
  • With quality educational training and experience, former students of the Drafting & Design Technology program at Lawson State make between $25,000 and $40,000 per year. Depending on the location of employment, graduates generally start at $11-$14 per hour and with a few years of experience can earn up to $35 per hour.  


    Award Types and Course Listings

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree (5 semesters)
  • Long Certificate in Architectural-Mechanical (4 semesters)
  • Short Certificate in Architectural-Mechanical (2 semesters)
  • Short Certificate in Geographical Information Systems (2 semesters)
  • Short Certificate in Rapid Prototyping Additive Manufacturing (2 semesters)
  • Design-Build  Dual Degree Option/Associate in Applied Science Degree in Architectural-Mechanical Design and Building Construction Management (6 semesters) Art, Architecture, Construction, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Business Management, Information Technology Government and Manufacturing.

    Classes are offered through state-of-the-art DDT facilities housed on the Bessemer Campus of Lawson State Community College. (Exit 108 off Interstate 20/59). These include 3 computer labs with the most current CAD applications. Enrolled students receive complementary student versions of some software.

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