Associate in Science, Computer Aided Drafting

Our program’s curriculum has been shaped to produce graduates who meet the demand for skilled designers. 96% of PTC’s 2018 Architectural available graduates and 100% of PTC’s 2018 Mechanical available graduates are working in-field either full time, part time, or freelance.*

"PTC prepared me for some of the most unexpected designs, concepts, and events to come out of my career so far, really giving me an analytical approach to any problem that lands on my desk.” James P., 2016 CAD graduate, Mechanical Drafting concentration. Drafter, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Division, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

A world of opportunities. And the education to take advantage of them.

Computer aided drafting is about bringing ideas to life. Our career-focused Associate of Science in Computer Aided Drafting program is about helping you use your skills as a designer to bring your future to life. Here you’ll find a unique combination of instructors eager to share their real-world experience, a wide array of industry-standard software, and a curriculum that’s geared toward giving you the specific skills and hands-on training that the Pittsburgh region’s employers are looking for right now. And it’s all capped off with a real-world internship where you can put your learning to the test.

Today’s opportunities include the dynamic renewable energy industry, where CAD professionals are making a real impact in everything from designing structures and equipment to performing land surveys.

Choose a concentration. Launch a career.

Both concentrations can equip you with the versatile range of skills to pursue a wide range of drafting and design opportunities.

Ready for any opportunity.

There’s a wide world of ways to apply what you learn in our Mechanical Engineering Technology program. And you’ll be ready to take advantage of all of them. Mechanical drafters and designers use computer applications to design machinery, tools, and other mechanical products.

Working with instructors with practical experience, you’ll build a skill set that prepares you for drafting and design positions across all industries—including the fast-growing renewable energy sector. You’ll work with traditional AutoCAD and MicroStation, but here the focus is on the specific software that employers demand—including CREO, Inventor, SolidWorks, and Plant 3D. You’ll use a today’s rapid prototyping technology to test and revise your designs. Your range of studies will include GD&T, a system for defining and communicating engineering tolerance.

And you’ll build on all that hands-on learning with a real-world internship as you prepare to build a career in fields ranging from automotive to energy to manufacturing.

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Every quarter, students nearing graduation are required to complete a Capstone Project. Think of the Capstone Project as a way to bring to life what students are learning by applying their knowledge and solving an innovative, real-world problem.

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*Showcases graduates from 2018 classes. Data includes those who were available for work and were offered and/or received career search assistance from 1/1/2018-3/28/2019. Includes full-time, part-time, or freelance positions. Visit to learn more.

** Background check and drug screening may be required prior to employment.

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