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Computer-Aided Design

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UAFS’s computer-aided design (CAD) program is your gateway to a dynamic and thriving industry where innovation meets precision.

Our program equips you with the latest software, tools, and techniques that industry professionals rely on. You’ll master industry-standard CAD software, enabling you to bring your designs to life with precision and accuracy.

As a CAD specialist, you’ll open the door to diverse career paths. Whether you are interested in becoming an architectural drafter, civil designer, or mechanical drafter, our program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to excel. 

The Associate of Applied Science in computer-aided design includes the skills and software to prepare students to work as architectural and civil drafters, mechanical drafters, or drafters.

According to ONET occupational data, a mechanical drafter in Arkansas will earn an annual median income of $48,140. In the Fort Smith region, the annual median income for a mechanical drafter is $46,750. Architectural and civil drafters in the Fort Smith region report an annual median income of $52,000.


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Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science, students may apply their degree credit hours toward completing the Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership (BSOL). This program meets the needs of working adults, with flexible course options tailored to fit busy schedules. Students will draw upon knowledge from many disciplines, including leadership, social science, technology, and communications, to prepare them for positions in corporate, government, and industrial environments.


Students can also earn the following certificates while working toward an Associate of Applied Science in computer-aided design:

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete their A.A.S. in computer-aided design (CAD) will be able to:

  • create drawings, models, and technical documentation using various design software.
  • create presentations over CAD topics and present them to the intended audience.
  • apply job readiness and ethical decision-making skills to meet the needs of prospective employers.
  • create models and drawings in a variety of formats used in the CAD industry both in the United States and other countries.

ATMAE Accreditation

ATMAE Accreditation LogoThis program has received accreditation from the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). ATMAE accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for applied technology programs and institutions nationwide.

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