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Design and Drafting Technology BS

Why pursue a bachelor's degree in CADD at UCM?

The Design and Drafting Technology/CADD program at the University of Central Missouri prepares individuals for technical positions leading to design and management opportunities in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Drafting is the process of creating technical two-dimensional drawings and three-dimensional models of objects, structures, machines, civil topography, electrical components, and more. A CADD graduate can work in nearly any industry of AEC as well as manufacturing.

Offering its first drafting class in 1904, UCM’s CADD program is one of the largest four-year bachelor’s degree programs in the country accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). In our program, students are given a broad foundation in all CADD disciplines and encouraged to select a specialty area to suit their career goals. The four areas of emphasis include:

Area 1: Mechanical (Product/Machine) Design

Area 2: Architectural/Structural/BIM

Area 3: MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) & Industrial Piping Systems

Area 4: Civil/GIS Design

The MIC-CADD students can also specialize in the design and drafting technology emphasis areas listed above. Learn more about the Missouri Innovation Campus.

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Sample of Students’ Projects

What can I be with a degree in Design & Drafting Technology?

  • Architectural/Structural Designer
  • Mechanical (Product/Machine) Designer
  • MEP Designer/Engineering Technologist
  • Civil Designer/Engineering Technologist
  • Electrical Engineering Technologist
  • CADD/Engineering Technologist
  • Project Lead Designer of all of the above
  • And more!

Experiential Learning

As a CADD major, you will be learning design and drafting concepts hands-on using the newest technologies. For instance, you will have the opportunity to design and draw your dream house using the newest software, and you can actually use your plans to build your own house in the future! We provide learning and practicing opportunities for our students and help them succeed.



Meet the Faculty

The student to faculty ratio at UCM is 17 to 1, which allows professors to get to know students and provide personalized attention. In addition, students learn from highly knowledgeable and experienced full-time faculty members, who also provide individualized program advisement and guide students to the right path.

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First Destination Success Rates

These reports highlight UCM graduates six months after graduation on their First Destination Success (FDS). FDS can be defined as graduates who are actively engaged in work/educational experiences (full-time, part-time, military, volunteer/program of service, or continuing education). Prospective students and families can gain knowledge by looking at major statistics.

2017-2018 Salary Summary

2017-2018 Graduates – Employers & Job Titles

2016-2017 Salary Summary

2016-2017 Graduates – Employers & Job Titles

2015-2016 Salary Summary

2014-2015 Salary Summary

2013-2014 Salary Summary

Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data







Annual Student Enrollment






Annual Graduation






CADD Facilities

  • UCM's CADD facilities house more than 80 computers for students and are among the most technologically advanced in the Midwest
  • CADD labs are equipped with the latest workstations housing the most up-to-date software
  • CADD labs also include 3D printers with the leading-edge digital trends

Industry Partnership

Our industry partners are mostly UCM alumni who hold leadership positions at the global and national engineering firms.  In addition to providing continuous support to our program, our industry partners participate in our annual advisory board meetings and contribute to collaboratively educate knowledgeable, skillful, and successful individuals.  They also provide career opportunities for our students.


The Technology Internship program within the College of Health, Science and Technology at UCM offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to earn valuable work experience within their academic discipline prior to graduation. Internships provide an excellent way to gain valuable work experience and bridge the gap between the academic world and the working world.

CADD students interning at Kiewit cadd internship

Student Organizations

There are two student organizations involved in the CADD program:

American Institute of Building Design (AIBD)
Design and Drafting Student Association (DDSA)

All CADD students are encouraged to join AIBD and/or DDSA to get involved in fun and rewarding activities. Additionally, student organizations offer leadership opportunities, learning experiences, and environments to network with fellow students, faculty, and industry professionals. In fact, our AIBD student organization has been recognized as the Student Chapter of The Year for the past two consecutive years.

How Can I Make the World a Better Place with a CADD degree?

UCM Students Develop Tactile 3-D Campus Map

Students and visitors with visual impairment at UCM can now have a realistic sense of the campus through the use of a Tactile 3-D Campus Map. Together, students and faculty have worked very hard to develop this new resource. The Tactile 3-D Campus Map is now available for use in the Office of Accessibility Services.

3D Tactile Map

Holly Carneal demonstrates the use of the three-dimensional tactile map of the UCM main campus.

3D Tactile Map Team

Teamwork by UCM students resulted in the creation of a three-dimensional tactile map of the main UCM campus for the visually impaired. Working on the project were, left to right, faculty advisor Jim Loch, students Alix Calon, Simon Misener, Holly Carneal, Tyler Carpenter, Rachel Gibbs and faculty advisor Kyle Palmer, joined by Carneal's guide dog, Stella.

UCM Students Producing Ear Guards to Bring Comfort to Healthcare Professionals, Others Who Wear Protective Gear

University of Central Missouri students, Matthew Argotsinger, left, Peculiar, Missouri, and Cameron Rogers, Camdenton, Missouri, display ear guards that were made on a 3D printer and will help local healthcare workers to be more comfortable wearing protective gear for long hours.

Inspired by action taken by a Canadian youth, two University of Central Missouri students have found an innovative way to provide relief for individuals who experience discomfort from extended use of protective masks. Read more... 

Why Transfer to UCM for a BS in CADD?

Why you might want to transfer to UCM for a 4-year degree after working on a 2-year degree:

  • A 4-year degree builds on a 2-year degree.
  • In-state tuition for surrounding states.
  • Affordable choice for 4-year degrees (UCM has held tuition constant or had minimal increases well below the range approved by Missouri state government).
  • The largest 4-yr drafting program in the U.S.
  • Pay for school with internships at Kansas City area employers.
  • Our students generally already have a job before they graduate.
  • A good problem: too few graduates for employers that come to campus.
  • A B.S. degree positions you for future advancement.
  • As a junior transferring, you have the option to live off campus, which may save you money and give you the freedom to commute from home or select your own housing.
  • Enjoy all that comes with a Division II institution of higher learning: football & basketball games, friends, clubs, arts and entertainment, and all sorts of activities and growth opportunities that will look good on a resume and to your future employer.

Transfer Guides


Students may apply for multiple scholarships at UCM Scholarship Finder.

For Any Major within the School of Technology

FIRST Robotics Scholarship (Incoming Freshman - STEM related)
Jacob M. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship (Including Graduate Students) 

John Davis and Lettie Corneal Vogel Scholarship 
John Davis and Lettie Corneal Vogel Scholarship (Incoming Freshman) 

Design & Drafting Technology

Drafting Student Scholarship

Bill & Anne Downs Scholarship (Non-Traditional Students)

HNTB Scholarship

Jack R. Williams Family Scholarship

Linda Holman Struchtemeyer Scholarship (Incoming Freshman)

Taiwan Commemorative Scholarship (Incoming Freshman)
Taiwan Commemorative Scholarship (Current Students)

Program Mission and Outcomes

Design & Drafting Technology Program Mission

The mission of the Design and Drafting Technology program at the University of Central Missouri is to provide a nationally accredited program of study designed to provide the technical, managerial, and general education needs of those desiring to enter or continue in design and drafting related professional career.

Design & Drafting Technology Program Outcomes

The design & drafting technology program is designed to prepare design/drafting professionals who possess the abilities (skill and knowledge) needed to be able to function competently in a wide variety of technical, leadership, and management roles. More specifically, the graduates of this program will demonstrate an ability to:

  1. Select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined engineering technology activities;
  2. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; 
  3. Select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to design & drafting technology problems; 
  4. Identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined design & drafting technology problems; 
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity; 
  6. Know the impact of design & drafting technology solutions in a societal and global context; and
  7. Function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team

Design and Drafting Technology Brochure

Institutional Factbook 2018


Implementation of highest standards for quality assurance.



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