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An online computer-aided design and drafting program covers the technical skills for 2-D and 3-D digital modeling. One of the 5 online CAD programs featured here can get you started down the path to a drafting career. Our online student reviewers have given an average recommendation rate of 60 percent for the 4 CAD/computer-aided drafting programs featured here. 

Certificate Associate Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Annual Tuition Certificate $14,754 Associate $14,171 Bachelor's $14,454 Master's $15,126 Doctorate $12,836
Annual Earnings (mid-career) -- -- Bachelor's $73,516 Master's $89,447 Doctorate $83,700

CAD programs are most commonly offered at the certificate level. These programs take one or two semesters to complete and include courses in topics like fabrication, 2-D modeling, 3-D modeling, and geometric dimensioning. Students learn how to develop mechanical drawings for manufacturing and engineering applications, and graduates have proficiency in popular industry software like AutoCAD and SolidWorks. The certificate is good preparation for a career as a drafter. These professionals work in a variety of fields, including architecture, civil engineering, electronics, mechanical engineering, and pipefitting.

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