Computer Aided Design (CAD)

A CAD designer is a technical specialist who 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 designers 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 designers must be able to work both independently and in project groups, skills that are developed while earning their A.A.S. CAD degree.  

The A.A.S. CAD degree at NWACC offers a comprehensive series of CAD courses with an emphasis in:

  • Architectural Design
  • Mechanical Design
These options have been designed to meet the educational needs of Northwest Arkansas area residents and employers. Certificate programs are offered to students who wish to specialize in a particular design field or further an education beyond a 4-5 year university program. NWACC CAD students develop technical skills using the latest software and training methods.    
An advisory committee works with NWACC to make the CAD program as relevant and up-to-date as possible. These civic-minded representatives of local business, industry, government, professional and public service agencies assist the College in the identification of needs and the development of new areas within our existing programs. 

Formats and Locations:

The complete CAD program is offered on the Bentonville campus with a majority of the classes offered in face-to-face format while a few are offered in a hybrid format meaning the class could be a mix of face-to-face and online.