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Computer Aided Drafting & Design


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Classes are in-person at the school. No online classes.

CAD Drafters Design the World.

When buildings and machinery are constructed, the first step is the development of a detailed set of drawings and plans. A skilled, computer-aided drafting professional will be the one making those designs and plans happen, converting the drawings made by engineers and architects into technical blueprints. Only the drafter can make this happen.

Our computer-aided drafting and design program offers the knowledge and intensive training to produce computer-assisted drafting (CAD) professionals who know how to get the job done. And how to get it done well.

Penn Commercial’s computer-aided drafting and design program will award you an associate degree in specialized technology degree in 18 months, allowing you to launch your career as a CAD professional in less than two years. You will be prepared to work in civil, electrical or mechanical drafting and be instrumental in the design and construction of a number of different things, such as commercial buildings, residential houses, microchips and cars.

What You Can Learn

This 18-month program awards an associate degree in specialized technology degree. It offers a reliable path for you to blend your creative and technical interests.

The computer-aided drafting and design program will include:

  • Technical Mathematics
  • Architectural Drafting
  • Pipe Drafting
  • Machine Drafting
  • Structural Drafting
  • Technical Drafting
  • Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Ethics
  • Communication

Drafters use software like CAD and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to turn the architect’s or engineer’s views into a detailed plan. As a student in the computer-aided drafting and design program, you will be exposed to the knowledge and skills it takes to help you succeed as a CAD drafter and bring innovative visions to life.

How You Can Learn

Instructors who have spent years working in the field as CAD professionals will guide your classroom and laboratory experience in this program. They know the relevant knowledge and hands-on skills it takes to succeed.

When you start your studies at Penn Commercial, you will receive a laptop computer fully equipped with the necessary software to learn and practice the abilities to be a successful CAD drafter. As you progress through the computer-aided drafting and design program, your software will be updated to keep pace with everything you are learning. You will also complete an externship at the end of your program, in which you will spend time working in a professional CAD setting.

“During my studies at Penn Commercial, what I learned was more than I ever dreamed I would. The classes I took in addition to my major were great and played a big part in a well-rounded program.”

Mark, CADD Graduate

When You Can Learn

Classes are forming now, so the best way to get started is by calling 724-222-5330 today or stopping by our campus. Once enrolled, classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and externships are scheduled during the sixth and final quarter of the program.

Where You Can Go

At Penn Commercial Business/Technical School we believe empowerment is the way to achieve professional goals and successfully enter the workforce. Our programs provide just that to our students. At the end of the computer-aided drafting and design program, you will graduate with the right skills to start your new career.

The job market for CAD drafters has become very competitive in the last few years. However, the market needs more and more specialists with deep software knowledge and endless creativity. Companies are always on the lookout for well-prepared professionals with a wide array of abilities.

Graduates of the computer-aided drafting and design program are prepared for entry-level positions, such as:

  • Mechanical, Architectural, Piping, Structural, Machine, Civil or Topographical Drafter
  • Drafting and Design Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Assistant
  • Drafting Designer
  • CAD/CAM Specialist
  • CADD Operator/Specialist

Designing plans and drawings from architect or engineer sketches is a typical task for CAD drafters. Professionals also spend most of their time using CAD and other computer software to assist on drawing production.

Some of the tasks you will perform as a CAD drafter are:

  • Developing drawings for equipment, tools and controls
  • Designing components and systems
  • Learning how to analyze and understand specifications and sketches
  • Full comprehension of mathematical formulas
  • Thorough comprehension of design techniques and software

Upon your graduation, you will be prepared to work in different offices or manufacturing firms, such as:

  • Engineering firms
  • Architectural agencies
  • Landscape architect companies
  • Manufacturing companies

Classes at Penn Commercial Business/Technical School are tailored to meet the student’s needs and expectations. We do that through personalized instruction, experienced faculty, cutting-edge facilities and academic support.

  • Alliance Consulting, Inc.
  • Atwell, LLC
  • Civil and Environmental Consultants
  • CBP Engineering Inc.
  • Dawood Engineering
  • Giffin Interiors
  • IGS Industries
  • Lighthouse Electric
  • Lingis Manufacturing
  • Master Woodcraft
  • Matrix PDM Engineering
  • Minerd & Sons
  • New Millennium Building Systems
  • Peoples Natural Gas
  • Pike Telecom and Renewables
  • RPM Industries
  • Tindall Corp.
  • United Structures of America
  • Vulcraft
  • and many more

Students can find job placement assistance with services like job fairs, career counseling, interviewing workshops, job listings, resume assistance, employment newsletters and externships through our dedicated Career Services Department.

Ready to take the next step?

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