Computer Aided Design (CAD) Specialist

Construction Technology

The CAD Specialist certificate offers students an opportunity to acquire proficiency in computer-aided design. It can serve as an introduction to general CAD skills as a springboard to further study, as a short program for the development of specific skills to obtain immediate employment or as a bridge to upgrade existing skills with the latest in CAD technology. This certificate presents students with hands-on activities in two- and three-dimensional computer generation, presentation quality drawings, blueprint fundamentals, solid modeling and computer animation and simulation techniques. Students will work with computer programs that will allow you to construct commercial-grade graphics, animation and special effects.

Award: Certificate
Credits: 10.5
Locations: Peosta
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $2,331*

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$22,331 - 74,109

Estimated annual salary range for Construction Technology graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

Potential Careers

  • Assistant Project Manager
  • CAD Designer
  • CAD Technician
  • Drafter
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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
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2019-2020 CAD Specialist Class Schedule


CAD:104 Computer Aided Drafting OR 3.0
CAD:172 Intro to CAD: AutoCAD 2.0
SDV:200 Intro to Computers or equivalent 1.5


CAD:165 Rendering and Animation 3.0
CAD:175 Advanced CAD: AutoCAD 2.0
CON:113 Construction Print Reading OR 2.0
WEL:110 Welding Blueprint Reading 2.0
Chris Carlson

Christopher Carlson, Ed.D.
Dean of Career and Technical Education

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  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2168
  • Location: Peosta