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Computer Assisted Design (CAD)


Everything that is manufactured, built or designed must have a plan to follow. Computer Assisted Design (CAD) is used in business and industry to generate these plans. Simply put, CAD is drawing on a computer. Whether it’s an architectural plan or a mechanical drawing, it can be produced using CAD software.



CAD operators work closely with engineers, architects and designers and help bring designs to life. CAD operators also make important changes in existing drawings and sometimes work with designers or manufacturers to assist in the production of goods, homes, buildings and civil structures such as bridges, water systems and highways.


CAD operators are an important part of the design process and earn between $14 and $25 per hour depending on an individual’s experience. In 2009, the average annual income in South Carolina for Architectural and Civil Drafters was $51,330.*


*Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.




The CAD program is made up of six certificate programs:

  • Basic Design Technician
  • Architectural Design Technician I
  • Architectural Design Technician II
  • Civil Design Technician
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Design Technician


The TCL Computer Assisted Drafting and Design certificate program is your training center for the Lowcountry. As part of the program, students receive hands-on training in computer drafting and design from certified instructors. TCL has fully-equipped labs and Autodesk professional software.


Note: For list of required courses, please see Course Catalog




Hadi Hamid / 843.525.8291 / hhamid@tcl.edu

CAD Instructor / Location:  Building 16, Room 105


Kenneth Flick / 843.525.8238 / Fax:  843.470.8413 / kflick@tcl.edu

Business and Industrial Technology Division Dean / Location:  Building 14/125