Computer Aided Drafting & Design


  • Turn ideas into products using the same design, drafting, and 3D modeling as professional architects and engineers.


  • Work independently and in teams to research, develop, implement, and demonstrate prototypes.


  • Invent unique solutions to complex engineering and architectural challenges.




  • Explore and experience a wide range of innovative projects such as catapults, suspension bridges, and electric cars.


  • Work as individuals and teams to research, design, fabricate, and test unique engineering projects for competitions.


  • Find creative solutions to complex engineering challenges using advanced mathematics, chemistry, and physics.



Welcome to the world of design and engineering as we learn through the use of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  In this program, we will learn, and then apply, many of the design & engineering concepts that are in use around the world today.  We will look at the careers in CAD, drafting, and engineering, as well as the effects that designers and engineers have had on society and the environment.  

Throughout the year, we will use the computer and its software as a tool to design technical, mechanical, architectural, and 3D (wireframe and solid) drawings that adhere to the drafting standards.  We will also be using the computer and its 3D design software to solve many different types of problems.  In addition, we will take a look at different types of materials and geometric shapes to see how they have affected the designs and the world we live in.

This class is a self-driven class that requires the student learner to think critically and "outside of the box."  Being a critical thinker and learning how to apply logic will come with the experiences and knowledge that you will gain throughout this class.

The program can be taken for two years to focus on both CAD and Engineering in depth, or in one year to focus on either or.  The program is designed for students to focus on interests and career pathways with hands-on experiences. 


What Students & Parents Are Saying

Because of you, and your persistent teaching ways, I finally gained a bit of confidence in myself. You showed that I did have it in me to succeed. - Student

Tyler has been using his CAD skills on our newly designed tubes, seats, and other parts. I don't know what we would have done without him quite frankly! Thanks for everything you did with him - he learned and grew a great deal in the time he spent in your class. - Parent

The program has everything I expected it to have and more. The addition of inviting industries to teach us new skills is something that would be very helpful in the long run. - Conner

I like the morning announcements when Mr. Johnson goes over everything. It's nice to be able to have a voice in somethings as well. - Greggory

I like that you can explain what you were trying to do and see if it might work or not. - Michael

We always seem to work together, even if we mess around sometimes. :-) I enjoy the bigger projects and more time spent on that. - Emily