Program Description

The Applied Design Software Certificate is designed for individuals seeking entry-level employment as a 2D/3D computer aided design/drafting technician or those looking to increase their computer design skills within the architectural, engineering and/or manufacturing industries. The certificate will provide the necessary training in computer-based architectural and mechanical design to meet entry-level competencies for producing a wide range of documents in the various manufacturing industries. Learners will receive hands-on training in various 2D and 3D computer aided design systems throughout their associated coursework. Courses in this certificate will also ladder into the Architectural Design & Technology and/or Mechanical Design Engineering Technology Associate Degree programs at NTC.

Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $1,985
Books & Supplies: $297

Financial Aid

Not Available
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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Prepare framing diagrams and schedules
  • Create 3D animations and videos of construction and/or engineering projects
  • Develop Building Information Modeling (BIM) files and documents
  • Prepare 3D project visualization documents
  • Create 3D models in a variety of software platforms
  • Develop 2D construction/engineering documents (plans, sections, details, etc.)


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Mechanical Designer
  • Mechanical Drafter
  • Engineering Technician
  • Architectural Designer
  • Architectural Drafter


The Applied Design Software Certificate is a 12 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

AutoCAD 2D For Architectural Design 2.00
Technical Drafting/CAD 2.00
Sketchup For Architectural Design 2.00
Solidworks 1 1.00
Revit Residential For Architectural Design 2.00
Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD Software 2.00
Solidworks 2 1.00
Revit Commercial For Architectural Design 2.00

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