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2016-2017 Catalog SVC 
2016-2017 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Technical Design

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Program Description

The Technical Design (TECD) program prepares students for entry-level work as a technical designer/drafter and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) operator. Drafters prepare technical drawings and plans, which are used by production and construction workers to build everything from microchips to skyscrapers. Drafters’ drawings provide visual guidelines, dimensions, materials and show how to construct a product or structure.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Technical Design program will be able to:

  • Proficiently use a CAD work station including storage and retrieval of CAD documents.
  • Use calculation skills to determine the precise size of features shown on technical drawings.
  • Use computer technology to exchange information and develop technical drawings.
  • Participate and contribute to the effectiveness of work teams.
  • Use fundamental skills in writing, reading, speaking, listening & computing to communicate in the workplace.

Entry into the Program

Please apply at Enrollment Services. Students may enter the program at the beginning of any quarter. Please be aware that some classes/sequences are not offered every quarter. It is recommended that students complete at least one year of high school algebra, or take WMATH 100  (Professional Technical Applied Math) before starting any of the certificate sequences. All courses in this program require extensive reading and use of computer technology. The ability to read English at the 8th grade level or above is highly recommended. Students should be skilled users of computer technology. For further information, contact the Department Chair or Enrollment Services.

Tech Prep

Please see Non-Degree Programs  for information regarding Tech Prep.

Certificate Options

A Professional Technical Certificate prepares students for entry into a technical field of employment. Certificates include completion of the technical major required courses and any related instruction if required in communication, math, and human relation skills. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA or above in all required course work.

Technical Design Certificates

The Technical Design certificates will provide the basic skills needed for entry-level CAD-Technicians to perform in a manufacturing setting by introducing students to key product development concepts and a comprehensive sampling of essential software tools found in advanced manufacturing industries.


Micro-Certificates of Completion are designed for taking courses over a short period of time focusing on enhancement or development of a specific skill or set of skills. Micro-Certificate courses can help enhance employability skills or provide preparation for continuing education in the program area. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA or above in all required course work.



    Technical Design

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