Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)

Program Guide

Spring 2017 Semester 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. Provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, technical skills, attitudes and workplace skills necessary for successful employment in the drafting profession.
2.  Provide relevant learning experiences facilitated by qualified staff using current methods and equipment to meet occupational requirements and needs.
3.  Ensure that all students are informed of the performance that is expected of them.
4.  Provide a Computer Aided Drafting program that meets the employment needs of the community.
5. Develop and nurture relationships with the engineering community in order to provide adequate and varied job placement for each student.



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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