Build Your Story in Computer Aided Design & Drafting

Computer Aided Design and Drafting, or CADD, has revolutionized the fields of architecture and industrial design. Capable of precise rendering of the most complex systems, CADD has become an industry standard requiring highly trained professionals. At WACTC we provide the skills required to enter that marketplace and tools needed for those seeking engineering or architectural degrees.

The WACTC CADD program has an articulation agreement with the New England Institute of Technology.


Students in the CADD program have interned with companies across Rhode Island, including:

  • Safety Cap
  • Guill Tool
  • Creative Environment Corp
  • TACO
  • Rhode Island Kitchen and Bath
  • Saccocio & Associates
  • Donald Powers
  • Vision 3 Architects


The curriculum was designed through a collaboration of local employers and educators with expertise in architectural and machine drafting and is aligned with the American Institute of Architects and American National Standards Institute standards.

Year One

The foundation of technical drafting including terminology, measurements, and familiarization with computer aided design software. As students progress, they are provided the option of pursuing either architectural design or mechanical engineering design.

Year Two

Mechanical students study advanced design concepts, manufacturing technology, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. They continue with the study of applied mechanics as it relates to gears, cams, chain drives and linkages. Students produce accurate working drawings in accordance with ANSI and industry standards. Architecture students study advanced concepts of residential construction with an emphasis on applying the concepts to original designs. Students produce professional working drawing sets in accordance with AIA graphical standards, Rhode Island building codes, and architectural office practices.

Year Three

All students learn three dimensional modeling, rendering and animation as well as the principals of photo-realism used in design presentations. Students work on advanced, independent assignments and, with instructor approval, participate in internships with local manufacturing or architectural firms. The internships provide complementary and supplementary skills training.