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I am one of the full time faculty teaching in the Computer Aided Drafting and Design Program (CADD Program) at TCC. Specifically, I work to ensure that we offer the best educational opportunities to learn and prepare for career opportunities in the field of Computer Aided Drafting and Design. The CADD program is organized under the 729 curriculum at the college and is known as the Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology Program. We focus on (2) major areas of CADD, identified by the 729 and 729.01 Plan Code (curriculum).  We offer (2) Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS) within the program.  Additionally, we offer (1) Certificate identified by the 727 Plan Code.

The 729 Curriculum (Plan Code) is focused on preparing our graduates to work in the areas of engineering, manufacturing, industrial design, and construction.  Students in the 729 curriculum typically work with engineers, designers, manufacturing, industry, and construction personnel, to create, prepare, organize and manage design work for industry.  This includes; sketching, developing concept designs and ideas, organizing and presenting both digital and traditional paper drawings and related design work, following selected national and international (ISO) standards and practices. These selected standards and practices include those promoted by the American Society of Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Standards Organization (ISO), and similar standards and practices as used and expected in industry, manufacturing, and construction.

CADD personnel also work with 3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping/Additive Manufacturing processes to produce rapid prototypes as a means of validating design intent.  Additionally, CADD personnel may also work with computer aided manufacturing operations known as CAD/CAM and computer numerical control (CNC) where digital designs are sent to computer controlled manufacturing equipment for production.

The 729.01 Curriculum (Plan Code) is focused on providing our students with the opportunity to incorporate more architectural CADD work into their studies. Those wishing to gain experience in the field of CADD with more emphasis on architectural design work will want to check out the Architectural Specialization available within the CADD Program.  This is known as the 729.01 Curriculum (Architectural Specialization) and provides the student the opportunity to gain experience in the architectural area of CADD.  We also have a certificate program for those interested in those opportunities.

The 727 Certificate Curriculum (Plan Code) is also available to students and offers a more limited program of studies that can be completed in a shorter period of time.  Additionally, (having met appropriate requirements) the completed course work may be applied to the AAS Degrees noted earlier, should the student wish to pursue their studies beyond the certificate level.


Currently those students graduating from the 729 curriculum CADD Program with the AAS Degree (and following the appropriate protocols) can transfer a minimum of 57 credits directly into the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Bachelor’s Degree Program at Old Dominion University. Additionally, the 729.01 CADD Program AAS Degree graduates (Architectural Specialization within the CADD Program) can transfer into Hampton University’s Architectural Program. Both of these opportunities are provided by signed Guaranteed Acceptance Agreements (GAA’s/Articulation Agreements) governing transfers between our programs and institutions.