Programs & Courses

Computer Aided Drafting and Design


About this Program

The Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) certificate program is a multi-disciplinary program focusing on the core disciplines of the built environment:

  • mechanical engineering technology,
  • civil engineering technology and
  • building design technology.

In your introduction to the concepts of drafting, you will learn the basics of AutoCAD, mathematics, topography, architecture, physical sciences, and other related topics. This program concentrates on the foundational theories and concepts in while learning and applying current technology, including developing technical and artistic skills to become a drafting technician or technologist with strong knowledge of industry standard software.

This program will be challenging yet flexible by offering you the opportunity to focus on the areas that interest you most. Having a strong background in computers, mathematics, and physics is an asset to anyone entering the program. Time management skills are also necessary as the program has an especially heavy course load.

Graduates of the certificate may enter the workforce equipped with a basic understanding of architecture, computers, mechanical and topographical drawing and design, or have the option to complete a second year in the Built Environment Engineering Technology diploma program.

High School

High school diploma with

  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 
  • Science 30 or Physics 20

Mature Student (21 years of age)

  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 
  • Science 30 or Physics 20


Fall Semester

CADD 101
Drafting I
CADD 121 CADD Applications I
CADD 172 Sustainability & Systems Thinking I
CADD 173
Construction Methods
CADD 174 CADD Labs
MATH 150
Technical Math
Winter Semester
CADD 102
Drafting II
CADD 122 CADD Applications II
CADD 132 Mechanical Design I - Applied Physics
CADD 151
Technical Communications
CADD 161 Civil Design I - Civil Design Fundamentals
CADD 182 Building Design I – Building Systems


Employment opportunities exist with consulting engineers, land surveyors, oil and gas industry, mining and manufacturing companies, federal, provincial, and municipal governments. The broad engineering background provides students the opportunity to be employed in research, design, manufacturing and sales. Students also have the opportunity to become an important member of any team engaged in supplying the goods and services required by modern technology. Completing the one-year program provides students with eligibility for membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) after two years of suitable industry experience.

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Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

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