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Computer-Aided Design Program - Mechanical Design

A Computer-Aided Design (CAD) technical specialist commonly works under the direct supervision of an architect, engineer, or as an independent design professional providing drafting and design services.

Primary responsibilities of CAD specialists include creating detailed drawings of mechanical parts and systems, buildings, and structures, and construction site plans that are used by machinists and construction workers. 

CAD specialists must be able to work both independently and in project groups, skills that are developed while earning their Associate of Applied Science CAD Degree.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Use Computer Aided Design and Drafting systems to prepare and store drawings.
  • Prepare accurate engineering drawings showing the detail and method of assembly of machinery and mechanical devices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current industry standards and codes.
  • Coordinate with others to design and detail components and systems or to resolve design problems.
  • Consult and use technical handbooks, standards, and tables.
  • Pass the Autodesk Certification exams.


See your specific degree plan and advisor for class details and sequence.  Search Course Listing for class dates and times.

Degree, Transfer, Careers and Technology

Many courses at NWACC carry transfer credit to four-year institutions and can fulfill general education requirements.

Drafters can have different specializations such as

  • Architecture deisgn
  • Mechanical design
  • Drafter
  • Designer
  • CAD technican

For the CAD program, pease be sure to have a computer with the following specifications:

Storage 500 GB
Graphic Needs 1080P + screen rezGPU: Nvidia GTX 1050+ Dedicated VRAM 2GB