Why Study Computer-Assisted Design?

The Computer-Assisted Design Certificate is for students interested in acquiring the skills necessary to obtain entry-level employment in a variety of drafting fields. Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans. Workers in production and construction use these plans to build everything from microchips to skyscrapers. The certificate is for students with or without previous educational experience.

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Computer Assisted Design Certificate

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Graduates of Rockland Community College are provided with a clear path to meaningful careers that meet the needs of businesses and industry in the communities we serve. Our students are trained in specific skills that are needed by employers, and guided through a career path that leads directly to workforce opportunities. With affordable tuition, students who begin their college careers at RCC are ready to meet the demands of the real world.

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At Rockland Community College, you are provided with a Student Success Team that will help you with your academic journey, career exploration, transfer planning, support service referrals, and more! Your Team includes your Dean, Program Director, Faculty Advisor, Student Success Advisor, Connection Center Counselor, Financial Aid Advisor, Peer Mentors, and if you’re involved in any of these special programs, your Athletics, Honors, TRiO, and Veterans Advisors. During your first semester, you will take an ‘Introduction to the School’ course that will outline the various College offices and departments that can help you on your path.

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Career Outlook

The certificate is for students with or without previous educational experience. Upon completion, students will be prepared for entry-level employment as a CAD operator or a design technician in specialized fields of Architectural, Civil or Mechanical Engineering.

Job Roles

Electrical and Electronics Drafters, Architectural and Civil Drafters, and Interior Design Drafters


Construction, Architecture, Engineering, and Manufacturing


Architectural and Civil Drafters

$63,630 Annually
National Average $59,120 annually

Electrical and Electronics Drafters

$77,150 Annually
National Average $65,720 annually

Employment and wage data by occupation are based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which collects information from approximately 51,000 businesses. labor.ny.gov

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Rockland Community College, State University of New York, offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds. RCC has become the “first choice” for parents and students. Thanks to our affordable tuition, students can save $100,000 on a college education by starting at RCC and transferring to outstanding four-year colleges.