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School of Trades & Technology

Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)

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 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 
First Year

Fall Semester

  • CADD 101 - Drafting I
  • CADD 121 - CADD Applications I
  • CADD 122 - CADD Applications II
  • CADD 172 - Sustainability & Systems Thinking I
  • CADD 174 - CADD Labs
  • MATH 150 - Technical Math

Winter Semester

  • CADD 102 - Drafting II
  • CADD 132 - Mechanical Design I - Applied Physics
  • CADD 151 - Technical Communications
  • CADD 161 - Civil Design I - Civil Design Fundamentals
  • CADD 173 - Construction Methods
  • 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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