Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology, Associate of Applied Science

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology

Associate of Applied Science


Welcome to the Computer Sciences & Technology Department. The department provides instruction in three different Workforce Education programs. Each program's student learning outcomes align with industry skillset  demands  to ensure a greater probability for employment upon graduation. The department also provides instruction for the Laredo College core curriculum as well as in an Associate of Science Degree involving a Computer Science concentration.

The mission of the Computer Sciences & Technology Department is to fulfil the learning objectives of each one of our students, while providing quality, relevant, hands-on instruction. Students will be encouraged to engage in an environment conducive for learning. The department's goal for each of our students is to inspire them to fully attain their learning potential.


The AAS program in Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology is designed to produce computer draftsmen skilled in computer graphics equipment, solid modeling, architectural, residential, and civil drafting, surveying, geographic information systems, and drone aviation technology.

The program utilizes in-demand software used in industry including AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, Land Development Desktop, Civil-3D, Revit, Inventor, Solid Works, and ESRI. The program includes a capstone course and a cooperative internship. At the conclusion of the program, students will be required to test for Autocad certification.

Plan of Study

Recommended Course Sequence Semesters Offered Credit Hours
Semester 1
DFTG 1305 - Technical Drafting Fall, Spring 3
DFTG 1309 - Basic Computer-Aided Drafting Fall, Spring 3
GISC 1311 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Fall 3
DFTG 1330 - Civil Drafting I Fall 3
12 Hours
Semester 2
DFTG 2340 - Solid Modeling/Design Spring 3
DFTG 2321 - Topographical Drafting Spring 3
DFTG 1317 - Architectural Drafting – Residential Spring 3
GISC 2320 - Intermediate Geographic Information Systems Spring 3
Summer Session I
DFTG 2312 - Technical Illustration Summer, Fall 3
3 Hours
Summer Session II
Math Elective  Fall, Spring 3
3 Hours
Semester 3
DFTG 2323 - Pipe Drafting Fall 3
SRVY 2348 - Plane Surveying Fall 3
ENGL 1301 - Composition I Fall, Spring 3
DFTG 2328 - Architectural Drafting – Commercial Fall 3
Elective - Speech Fall, Spring 3
15 Hours
Semester 4
ARCE 2444 - Statics and Strength of Materials Spring 4
DFTG 2281 - Cooperative Education-Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Spring 3
DFTG 2332 - Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting Spring 3
Elective - Language, Philosophy, and Culture/Creative Arts Fall, Spring 3
15 Hours