Computer Aided Drafting and Design

Computer Aided Drafting and Design

Get the Skills to Begin a Career in Computer Aided Drafting and Design in as few as 12 Months

Computer Aided Drafting and Design is used across industries to turn concepts from engineers and architects into usable computer-generated drawings and designs. Everything from buildings and bridges to 3D manufactured products all require teams of people to bring ideas from the drawing board to reality. At Porter and Chester Institute, you could learn the skills you need to become part of one of those teams! In our Computer Aided Drafting and Design program, you will receive AutoCAD training, Revit and SolidWorks training, and much more.

Program Details

  • Program offered at: Hamden CT, New London, CT, Rocky Hill CT, Waterbury CT and Brockton, MA, Chicopee, MA, Worcester, MA
  • Program length: 12 months
  • Credit Hours: 68
  • Graduates earn a diploma

How/When to Apply

We start new sessions on a regular basis.
Next Start Date: October 25, 2021

At Porter and Chester Institute, we're making it easier than ever for you to enroll using our automated application portal. Upload your documents and start the financial aid process without the hassle of drawn-out application processes. And our admissions staff is still available to help you every step of the way. Taking control of your career just got easier!

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Class Schedule

All courses in the Computer Aided Drafting and Design program are delivered online.

Computer Aided Drafting and Design online instruction is primarily asynchronous, with assignments and homework accessible 24 hours a day/seven days per week through the Learning Management System (LMS). Some courses within the program also include online lab simulations. Students will need to reserve approximately 25-30 hours per week for educational activities and study.

Course Listings

Term 1
Intro to Microsoft Office 140
Intro to AutoCAD 110
Commercial Design Principles 220
Intro to Revit Architecture 120
Intro to SolidWorks 130
Term 2
Residential Design Principles 210
Revit ME&P 330
Term 3
Revit Architecture 310
Revit Structure 320
Plastics Design Principles 420
Term 4
Geometric Tolerancing 450
Fixture Design Principles 430
Jig Design Principles 440
Die Design Principles 410


Tuition Cost: $24,996
Additional Fees: $5,125

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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Why PCI?

If you want to start building a career in Computer Aided Drafting and Design, here are a few reasons to choose Porter and Chester Institute!

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Computer Drafting Software:
At Porter and Chester Institute, you’ll learn by doing, working with the same quality software that is used in professional architecture and engineering departments. You’ll work with programs like AutoCAD, SolidWorks and Revit, and you’ll also learn the fundamentals of design, construction, and manufacturing so that you understand the practical application of what you are doing in the classroom and on the computer.

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2D and 3D Computer Drafting and Design Techniques:
Gain experience with 2D and 3D drafting techniques, including parametric modeling. A parametric model allows you to change a single feature of a model, while its other components adjust accordingly to maintain consistency between elements. Parametric modeling is a must-have skill for professional computer drafters and designers.

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Qualified Instructors:
All our instructors are Computer Aided Drafting and Design professionals. They have actually worked in the field - so you benefit from their real-world knowledge.

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Job Outlook:
Today, everything seems to be generated on a computer before it moves into production. That’s why your newly acquired skills could be such an asset in the job market. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were almost 200,000 drafting jobs in 2018. Expect this to remain constant through 2028.

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Career Outcomes:
The Computer Aided Drafting and Design training program gives you the fundamental drafting skills necessary for entry-level employment. Typical entry-level job titles are detailer, drafter, junior designer, and CAD operator.

After you gain entry-level experience, you may specialize in one of these CADD fields:

  • Architectural structures (homes, buildings)
  • Mechanical equipment (tools, machinery)
  • Space and aeronautics
  • Boats and ships
  • Mechanical systems design
  • Industrial design

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