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Department of Applied Computing & Electronics

The University of Montana

Computer Aided Design

Program contact: Tom Gallagher

Program Description

The Computer Aided Design (CAD) program offers graduates a pathway into professional careers as technicians in civil, mechanical, and architectural drafting. Other career opportunities exist in Geographic Information Systems, mapping, surveying, and technical design.  The one year program prepares students in all the following skills as well as training in mathematics, business, and writing: graphic communications; computer-aided design and modeling systems; geographic information systems; and surveying.  Graduates emerge with an understanding of how to use computer aided design software to solve real-world graphic communications problems in a team-oriented environment.

Regions throughout the Western United States continue to wrestle with issues involving new development, subdivisions, revitalization projects, appropriate land-use, transportation systems and infrastructure. The demand for a workforce educated with the technical skills to assist engineers, architects, surveyors, and land-use planners will continue. As a STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career field, individuals trained in Computer Aided Design play a critical role in designing solutions for the economic and societal well-being of our world. Academically prepared students can complete this Certificate of Applied Science program certification in one year.

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Develop and produce engineering documents using computer-aided technologies and hand-drawn graphics.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in surveying equipment, GPS/GIS technologies, and computing systems to collect and analyze spatial field data.
  • Effectively utilize information technology as a research and productivity tool.
  • Demonstrate the workplace skills of effective communication, problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and leadership.
  • Solve technical problems involving mathematics at the level of college algebra

Related Job Titles

  • CAD Operator
  • Drafting Technician
  • Land-use Planning Assistants
  • Surveying Assistants
  • Engineering Technician

Related Occupations (USDOL Occupations Handbook)

Further Educational Opportunities

The Computer Aided Design Certificate of Applied Science is a first step for individuals interested in building a technical skill set for a career involving engineering technology.

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Missoula College

Applied Computing & Electronics

Missoula College UM

909 South Avenue West

Missoula, MT 59801

(406) 243-7916

Fax: (406) 243-7899