Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)

Program Guide

Fall 2018 Schedule

Spring 2019 Schedule

Gainful Employment

The Program

Over the past decade, the computer aided drafting (CAD) industry has grown immensely, and with the expected rise in commercial and residential building activities in the coming years, the need for highly skilled CAD technicians will continue to grow as well.  

Students who graduate from Salina Tech’s CAD Program have the opportunity to work in a wide range of industries. From construction and agriculture, to architecture and engineering, our graduates have gone on to pursue rewarding careers with firms in both the private and public sectors.

Entry-level CAD technicians (or drafters) typically start their career by working directly under licensed architects, engineers and planners to develop support documentation such as drawings, blueprints and profiles. Salina Tech’s CAD program is designed to prepare them for this by covering topics such as mechanical drafting, civil drafting, CAD math, modeling and sheet metal design.

From Revit to AutoCAD to SolidWorks, the program exposes students to some of the most widely used software suites in the CAD industry today so that when they do graduate, they’re prepared for anything.

Institutional Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically.
2.  Demonstrate proficiency in technical program learning outcomes.
3.  Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication.
4.  Develop positive work habits and interpersonal skills needed for employment.




Program Outcomes

1. Demonstrate proficiency in preparing technical drawings based on industry standards using the latest AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Revit, SolidWorks and SolidWorks Workgroup Product Data Management software.
2.  Produce accurate engineering drawings from various sources including textbooks, hand-drawn sketches and verbal instructions.
3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanical, architectural and civil drafting techniques.
4.  Exhibit appropriate work place attitude and attendance.
5. Work independently by utilizing multiple information sources such as reference books, the Internet and a personal binder of frequently used information.
6. Successfully complete third-party certification exam (Certified SolidWorks Associate).
7. Accurately correct drawings and 3D models per work place standards.
8. Maintain a drafting portfolio for the purpose of showcasing their best work.
9. Proficiently work as part of a team to meet deadlines in a professional environment.



Physical Requirements / Environmental Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a student to successfully perform the essential functions of working in this field. Reasonable accomodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this program, students are regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk or hear; both in person and by telephone; use hands repetitively to handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms. The student is occasionally requried to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The student must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this field include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Program Length

9 Months


Ryan Weber

Expected Starting Salary

$25,000 – $35,000

Career Opportunities

Architectural Firms

Construction Companies

Mechanical Engineering Firms

Civil Engineering Firms

Ag-Related Industries


City, County, & State Engineering Offices

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