Architectural Drafting, Manufacturing Technology (Technical Certificate)

Award: Technical Certificate
Program of Study: Manufacturing Technology
Specialization: Architectural Drafting
Program Code: 1175

About This Program . . .

In this Technical Certificate, students learn drafting concepts and the processes of orthographic projection, pictorial drawing, dimensioning, and geometric construction by hand and with CAD software and equipment. Students will also gain fundamental knowledge of architectural drafting. The majority of a student's work will be completed on the computer. A project in the area of the student's interest will tie the course to real world concepts.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit WCCC's Programs of Study page.

All CMU/WCCC technical certificate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in communication fluency, quantitative fluency, specialized knowledge/applied learning, and critical thinking. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of grammar and vocabulary in documentation required to perform the duties of an Architectural Drafting technician and effectively interview clients and communicate with constituents. (Communication Fluency)
  2. Apply mathematical concepts and practices that are required to properly perform calculation for design. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Utilize correct materials, size and design based upon client consultation and industry knowledge. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Demonstrate mastery of terminology, concepts, methodologies in the Architectural Drafting industry. (Specialized Knowledge)
  5. Demonstrate mastery of specific Architectural CAD software and generate substantially error free designs. (Specialized Knowledge).

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Certificate Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU or WCCC Technical Certificates. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • Consists of 5-59 semester hours.
  • Consists of 100-200 level courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the credit hours must be taken at CMU/WCCC.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/WCCC coursework.
  • A grade lower than “C” will not be counted toward meeting the requirements.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed twenty-five percent of the semester credit hours required for a technical certificate.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Certificate Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and certificate requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Program Specific Certificate Requirements

CADT 106Computer Aided Design3
CADT 140Architectural Theory and Structural Materials3
CADT 142CAD - Residential Architecture3
CADT 143CAD-Commercial Architecture3
CADT 210Project3
CONC 104Architectural/Civil Print Reading2
Total Semester Credit Hours17
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
CADT 106 Computer Aided Design 3
CADT 140 Architectural Theory and Structural Materials 3
CADT 142 CAD - Residential Architecture 3
CADT 143 CAD-Commercial Architecture 3
CADT 210 Project 3
CONC 104 Architectural/Civil Print Reading 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours17

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a certificate. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and discussing the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended certificate.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a certificate and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their certificate requirements (for one-semester certificates, complete in the first week of class):

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.