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Design & Drafting Technology Overview

This embedded technical diploma will prepare you for a career in Mechanical Design. You will utilize the newest technology to develop detailed design drawings and specifications for mechanical equipment, dies, and tools using AutoCAD and SolidWorks software. While developing a student portfolio, you will learn to create two- and three-dimensional drawings, isometric drawings, and assemblies. Print reading visualization, sketching, and design document structuring will also be addressed. If you decide to pursue a Mechanical Design associate degree, this technical diploma will apply towards your degree.

Part of a career pathway, the Design & Drafting Technology technical diploma credits apply toward the Mechanical Design associate degree if you choose to continue your education. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

Career Opportunities

CAD Technician

Design Engineer

Designer Drafter



Graduate Employers

OEM Fabricators Inc

Just the Facts

Design & Drafting Technology
16 Credit Technical Diploma

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One Year

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Eau Claire and Online

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Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

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 Estimated Total: $5,059

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Design & Drafting Technology program.

Basic CAD
Basic computer-aided drafting and design (CAD) uses two-dimensional AutoCAD software and commands to create entities, edit, store, and print CAD drawings. Topics include entity creation of arcs, circles, lines, coordinates, editing functions, scaling, making templates, text detailing, layers and line types, viewpoints, model space layout and paper space practices, dimensioning styles, calculation strategies, blocks, groups, libraries, attributes, bills of materials, and plotting to scale. A final project permits the student to apply technical skills to a detailed mechanical design drawing. All assignments are documented within an AutoCAD portfolio.

Measurement for Engineering
This course will provide the theory, technique, and care of the coordinate measuring machine (CMM) and various measuring instruments. The student will apply blueprint reading skills and geometric tolerancing to projects while applying measuring techniques used with the CMM and basic measuring instruments. The student will be exposed to precision inspection methods as it relates to industrial blueprints, manufactured parts, and the student's projects.

Solid Modeling II
The student will develop complex parametric models, assemblies, and working drawings, apply drawing standards, materials, and tabulated dimensions. Part families, sheet metal parts, welded assemblies, exploded assemblies, software generated bills of material, and simple animation will also be covered.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

Technical Diplomas

Design & Drafting Technology

Associate Degree

Mechanical Design

Design & Drafting Technology Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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50% of our recent Design & Drafting Technology graduates got a job in the industry.


Continuing Their Education

73% of recent Design & Drafting Technology graduates have continued their education beyond this degree. Explore transfer agreements.


Yearly Salary

Design & Drafting Technology professionals make an average starting salary of $52,171.


Regional Jobs

There are 9 job openings in the CVTC district for the Design & Drafting Technology industry.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from Lightcast which is an economic modeling software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.


Focus On Student Success

We’re learning to build 3D models of pretty much anything. We’re given parameters and figure out how to get from that to something that will work. You have to figure out the angles and how things are going to move.

Shari, Mechanical Design Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Architectural Structural Design, Associate Degree

Manufacturing Engineering Technologist, Associate Degree

Mechanical Design, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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