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Computer Aided Design

What Can I Do With A Certificate In Computer Aided Design?

The Computer Aided Design Program introduces students to graphic communications; computer-aided design and modeling systems; geographic information systems; surveying; written communication; and business practices. Graduates are prepared to pursue entry-level, professional careers as technicians supporting engineers, architects, surveyors, and land-use planners.

Regions throughout the Western United States continue to wrestle with issues involving new development, subdivisions, revitalization projects, appropriate land-use, transportation systems and infrastructure. The demand for a workforce educated with the technical skills to assist engineers, architects, surveyors, and land-use planners will continue. As a STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career field, individuals trained in Computer Aided Design play a critical role in designing solutions for the economic and societal well-being of our world. Academically prepared students can complete this Certificate of Applied Science program certification in one year.

Upon completion of the program, students will:
  • Develop and produce engineering documents using computer-aided technologies and hand-drawn graphics.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in surveying equipment, GPS/GIS technologies, and computing systems to collect and analyze spatial field data.
  • Effectively utilize information technology as a research and productivity tool.
  • Demonstrate the workplace skills of effective communication, problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and leadership.
  • Solve technical problems involving mathematics at the level of college algebra The Computer Aided Design Certificate of Applied Science is a first step for individuals interested in building a technical skill set for a career involving engineering technology. It is part of a laddered credential approach involving a one-year certificate and a four-year baccalaureate degree. The 31 credits completed in the Computer Aided Design Certificate fulfill partial requirements for a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree through The University of Montana.

A Sample of Related Occupations

  • Cartographers
  • Photogrammetrists
  • Surveying
  • Land-user Planning Assistant