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Computer-Aided Drafting

Computer-Aided Drafting is a hands-on program, and you will spend most of your day learning by doing. You will prepare drawings under the guidance of instructors who are true experts and will graduate with the abilities and knowledge that set you apart from the crowd.

Degree Description

Associate of Applied Science
71 Credit Hours, 18-Month Program

The Computer-Aided Drafting Technician program at Western Dakota Tech equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to produce accurate technical drawings using industry standard CAD systems.

Graduates of the 18-month program receive training in a full range of knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the diverse and varied field of drafting and design.  This degree is widely accepted as the industry standard in qualifying for an entry level position in the architectural, civil, and mechanical CAD fields. 

Architectural drafters assist architects by preparing technical plans and details showing the dimensions, construction materials, and processes used for residential and commercial building projects.  Mechanical drafters prepare detail and assembly drawings of a wide variety of machinery and mechanical devices, indicating dimensions, fastening methods, and other requirements. Civil drafters create drawings that detail the construction related to land, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. The Computer-Aided Drafting Technician program at Western Dakota Tech provides students with a solid base of knowledge in all three of these fields, maximizing their versatility when entering the job market. 

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Application Process

Fall 2016

  1. Complete WDT APPLICATION
  2. Submit High School transcript or GED scores.
  3. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations.
  4. Submit official college transcripts if you have previously attended a post-secondary institution.
  5. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15.00 fee).

(The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or a SAT sub-score of at least 440 in Verbal and Math. The scores must be within the last five years.)

The ACCUPLACER test is offered Monday-Friday at 8:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

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Career Description

CAD Technicians produce technical drawings with advanced 3D software.  As a CAD Tech you will be entering a career as an integral part of an architectural, civil, or mechanical firm.

Architectural drafters assist architects by preparing technical plans and details showing the dimensions, construction materials, and processes used for residential and commercial building projects.

Mechanical drafters prepare detail and assembly drawings of a wide variety of machinery and mechanical devices, indicating dimensions, fastening methods, and other requirements.

Civil drafters create drawings that detail the construction related to land, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure.

The Computer-Aided Drafting Technician program at Western Dakota Tech will provide you with a solid base of knowledge in all three of these fields.

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General Education EMT

After Earning Your Degree


Our recent graduates are now employed by, Caterpillar/RFA Engineering, West Plains Engineering, Rapid Fire Protection, Skyline Engineering, Ferber Engineering, KLJ Engineering, Architecture International, Albertson Engineering, FourFront Design, Upper Deck Architects, and other businesses.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Tech has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.


  • Todd Anderson

  • James Loverich

Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Tech wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDT is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Tech will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.


Student Housing

While Western Dakota Tech does not offer on-campus housing, we understand that finding a place to live within town while you go to school can be difficult. We have a few resources to help prospective students find affordable housing.

Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Tech currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

Disclaimer: Western Dakota Tech provides these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply affiliation, endorsement or adoption by Western Dakota Tech of any site or any information contained therein. When you leave wdt.edu, you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. Western Dakota Tech makes no claim or representation regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of third-party websites or vendors.

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