2020-2021 College Catalog

CAD Operator TCC

CAD Operator TCC (Major Code: CP41)

Program Description

Atlanta Technical College’s CAD Operator Technical Certificate is awarded to students completing the specialized curriculum taken in sequence as long as the prerequisites or co-requisites are met. The CAD certificate program helps to enhance prior knowledge and skills in grooming students to be productive entry-level computer-aided drafters/designers in industry. This certificate will also aid in the advancement of skills for persons who are presently employed as drafters in a relatively short academic period by including only CAD/BIM software and general supporting core courses. Course work completed in the CAD Operator program is fully applicable to the Drafting Technology Diploma. This is a non-certification program.

Career Information


Architectural and Civil Drafters

Career Projections

The number of jobs in this field is expected to increase by 14% nationally and 11% in the State of Georgia over the next several years. Estimated salaries in this field start at $50,000 a year.
Labor market data was compiled using Economic Modeling Specialists, international and is updated annually.

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Admission Requirements

General College Admissions Requirements

Program Contact Information

Dreem Penn

Program Coordinator, Drafting and Electrical

Academic Building C2207C



Program Length and Cost

Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms: 3 terms
Program Credit Hours: 26
Estimated Program Cost: $2,942

Course Outline


Occupational Courses (14 Credits)

COMP 1000Intro to Computers


FYES 1001First Year Experience Seminar


DFTG 1101CAD Fundamentals


DFTG 1103Technical Drawing I


Select one of the following Specializations (12 Credits)

Architectural Drafting Specialization

DFTG 1125Architectural Fundamentals


DFTG 1127Architechtural 3D Modeling


DFTG 1129Residential Drawing I


Mechanical Drafting Specialization

DFTG 11053D Mechanical Modeling


DFTG 1109Auxiliary Views/Surface Dev


DFTG 1107Adv Dimenisioning/Sec Review


Total Credit Hours: 26


Program Outcomes

1. Program graduate will competently conduct site surveys.
2. Program graduate will assist in preparing architectural drawings using appropriate software.
3. Program graduate will assist in preparing mechanical drawings using appropriate software.
4. Program graduate will assist maintaining documentation of drawings.
5. Program graduate will communicate professionally and effectively with co-workers, supervisors and clients.