The Computer-Aided Drafting Technical Certificate trains students for high-demand drafting careers. Students are challenged to expand and refine problem-solving skills while experiencing realistic class projects and job situations in preparation for success in the workforce. Students take courses related to their chosen field of work—the specific concentrations prepare students for careers in architectural engineering, civil and construction engineering, electrical engineering, or horticulture/landscaping.
Students learn design principles, current technology, business practices, and the use of AutoCAD and other software, quickly gaining required job skills. Nashville State's Career Services Office provides placement assistance to currently enrolled students and graduates seeking full- or part-time work.
Earn a One-Year Technical Certificate or a Two-Year A.A.S. Degree
The Computer-Aided Drafting Technical Certificate can be completed in one year. All of the required Computer-Aided Drafting Technical Certificate courses can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Architectural Engineering Technology or the Associate of Applied Science degree in General Technology if students choose to continue their education. Students who plan to apply the certificate toward an A.A.S. degree should consult their advisors about articulation options.
Program Name: Computer-Aided Drafting
Program CIP Code: 09.15.1301.00
Applicable SOC Codes: 17-3011.01
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Program Level: Certificate
Program Length: 30 hours
Tuition and Fees for Entire Program: $4,170
Tuition and fees are based on the current rate of $139.00 a credit hour.
Books and Supplies for Entire Program: $1,200
The amount for books and supplies is based on the average spent per semester.
Actual amounts will vary based on program and course load.
Room and Board (if applicable, entire length): Not Applicable
• Median Debt for Graduates: $0
• From Title IV Loans: $0
• From Other Sources: $0
• 73.3% of graduates complete the program within expected time, as identified by the program length.
• Job Placement Rate: 100% as reported by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
The job placement rate was calculated per the Tennessee Board of Regents performance funding report requirements.
• Architectural Drafters
Bryan Evans, Program Coordinator, 615-353-3478
Bryan has over 20 years of experience teaching at Nashville State, as well as teaching corporate seminars and private classes. A graduate of Nashville State, Bryan continued his studies of mechanical engineering and computer systems, while working as a 3-D designer in automation systems, product design, marketing, and eventually into computer-based machine controls and programming for a Tennessee automation, manufacturing and design firm. Brian keeps close ongoing contact with the industry's newest technology and trends, to ensure students receive the most current instruction in preparation for the current job market. Teaching responsibilities: All levels of Computer-Aided Drafting, 3D Design, and Digital Animation.
Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Nashville State Technical Institute, 1994
Alex Smiley PE, Instructor, 615-353-3579
Alex has over 18 years of experience as a professional engineer, including employment with General Electric. He owned and operated his own engineering company, specializing in design and fabrication of custom material handling equipment. Teaching responsibilities: Computer-Aided Drafting, 3D Design, and Technical Graphics.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1974
Master of Engineering and Engineering Management, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 1983
The college has a very active Career Services Office that assists students, graduates and alumni with their career and employment needs.
Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the Program Coordinator. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers. For more information about cooperative work experience opportunities, please visit the Career Services Office Web site, phone 615-353-3248, or e-mail email@example.com.
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