Drafting & CAD Technician

Program Description

The Drafting & CAD Technician Career Program includes the technical skills you need for an entry-level position as a drafter. As a drafting &

CAD technician, you can launch a rewarding career in several industries where job demand is high.

Drafting & CAD technicians use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans. Workers

specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to


This program requires additional external training in CAD software not provided by 180 Skills Maker.

Career Program Summary

Number of Skills Courses 121
Time to complete 2.0 months*
*Completing three modules per day

Certification Opportunity

Students who complete this program have the opportunity of earning a nationally-recognized certification. Certification exams are delivered through our testing partner SpaceTEC®.

SpaceTEC is the National Science Foundation’s National Resource Center that promotes and educates candidates for technical employment. Its certification programs offer performance-based examinations that result in industry-driven nationally recognized credentials that reflect the competencies employers demand.

180 Skills / SpaceTEC Certifications are industry-recognized nationwide. These Certifications let employers know that you have attained the highest level of achievement in the subject matter.

The cost of the exams are included in the tuition for the Career Program.

Click the Body of Knowledge logo to view the full Certification Body of Knowledge.

Skills Competencies included in this Career Program

Income opportunity

According to the Manufacturing Institute (The Skills Gap in U.S.

Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond) over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled. The skills gap is

expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.

Employment of drafters is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. Qualified applicants, including those with technical training

and certification, should have the best job opportunities, particularly in growing high-technology industries.

The median annual wage for drafters is $49,630.*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2012.
O-net job code: 17-3013.00

Hiring Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Architecture
  • Automotive
  • Civil infrastructure
  • Construction
  • Consumer products
  • Electrical equipment
  • Marine
  • Military