Basic Design Technician: Certificate | Technical College of the LowCountry

Basic Design Technician: Certificate

Design a bright future.

Computer-aided design (CAD) allows you to create virtually anything you can imagine.

Program Description

The Basic Design Technician certificate teaches you to understand and create computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting techniques. You’ll then learn how  to use those techniques to create your own computer-generated engineering drawings using the latest AutoCAD software.

The 12-credit-hour certificate program can be completed in as little as one semester. Courses include introduction to engineering and design graphics as well as beginning to advanced CAD courses. Students also explore advanced 3-Dimensional computer aided drafting, giving them the skills they need for today and tomorrow.

The S.C. annual mean wage for architectural drafters is $47,950, according to 2015 reports from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Certify Your Skills

Completion of this certificate will ensure proficiency in the latest AutoCAD design software.

Accreditation & Accolades

Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Quick Facts

Quick Fact 1
Hands-on: learn by actually practicing the skills you’ll need on the job.
Quick Fact 2
The S.C. annual mean wage for architectural drafters is $47,950.
Quick Fact 3
Things that are manufactured, constructed, or assembled need CAD drawings.

What People Are Saying

“CAD is critical to performing my professional engineering services in my business.”

Philip Leroy Professional Engineer

FAQs & Additional Information

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What does this program cost?*

Tuition: 12 credits x $170 per credit = $2,040.

Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free.

*Based on Fall 2016 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Qualifications vary.

Is this program for you?

The program is a great fit for those who:

• Are looking for white collar jobs working in an office environment.
• Are interested in designing and drafting.
• Are looking to increase their earnings.

Program Dean

Kenneth Flick

Division Dean/Business & Industrial Technologies


Hadi Hamid

CAD Instructor/Industrial Technology

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