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    93% Graduate Employment/Transfer rate
    That's right! Ninety-three percent of SCC's 2022 graduates found work or continued their education.
    Graduate Report
    Design Software student.
    93% Graduate Employment/Transfer rate
    That's right! Ninety-three percent of SCC's 2022 graduates found work or continued their education.
    Graduate Report

Designing Software

  •  Estimated Cost: $2,106

    Program Length: 2 semesters

    Locations: Lincoln

    Start Term(s): Fall / Spring

    Awards Offered: Cert

    Program Description

    Our Design & Drafting Technology program gives you a career blueprint with a variety of options. We combine computer-aided drafting and architectural design which can be used in both residential and commercial construction.

    In the Design & Drafting Technology – Designing Software certificate program, you’ll gain a comprehensive knowledge of and how to effectively use a number of design software packages, including Inventor, 3-D Civil CAD, Solidworks, Revit, and SDS/2. Knowledge of this software allows students to design both 2-D and 3-D designs.

    Student entering this program may qualify for the STEM CONNECT scholarship. Applications are currently being accepted. Learn more.

    This certificate qualifies for financial assistance through the Gap Assistance Program. To check eligiblity, please visit the GAP Assistance Program page additional information.

    Below are the required courses for this certificate. If you have questions, please contact:

    Dave Zachek, Program Chair
    dzachek@southeast.edu | 402-437-2651

    You will be successful in our Design & Drafting Technology – Designing Software certificate program if you:

    • have high spatial relations ability
    • have good math ability, especially geometry and trigonometry
    • are an excellent verbal and written communicator
    • are detail-oriented and can work within precise limits or standards of accuracy
    • are great at problem solving using sequential and analytical thinking skills
    • have the perseverance to stay on a multi-step task to completion
    • are computer proficient
    • can work cooperatively as a member of a team
    • enjoy a flexible work environment between the office and job sites

    You can start the Design & Drafting Technology – Intro to Design Software certificate program in the Fall or Spring terms. Follow these steps to finish your application:

    1. Want to learn more about SCC? Come see how SCC will help you achieve Your Path to Possible! Schedule a campus visit!
    2. Need help exploring career opportunities or navigating the admissions process? Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.
    3. Ready to apply? Complete an Application for Admission.
    4. Submit ACT, SAT, Next Generation Accuplacer, or Accuplacer test scores (reading and math) or official college transcripts showing completion of post-secondary coursework in English and math to the Admissions Office at any SCC location.

    Our program combines drafting and design to give you several options for an exciting career. Recent SCC graduates in Design & Drafting Technology report an average starting annual salary of $47,632.

    Career options in the Architectural Design Focus include:

    • Architectural CAD Technician
    • BIM Manager
    • Design Technician
    • Drafting Design Technician
    • Electrical Systems Engineering Designer
    • Mechanical Systems Engineering Technician
    • Revit Technicia
    • Structural Engineering Technician
    • Wood Truss Designer

    Career options in the Computer Aided Design Drafting Focus include:

    • CAD Designer
    • Design Engineer
    • Engineering Technician
    • Product Designer
    • Revit Technician
    • VDC Coordinator

    David Zachek, Program Chair
    AAS, Computer Aided Design Drafting, Southeast Community College
    800-642-4075 ext. 2651

    Paul Buell, Instructor
    AAS, Southeast Community College
    800-933-7223, ext. 8351

    Brian Clinch, Instructor
    800-642-4075 ext. 4573

    Charles Hildebrand, Instructor
    AAS, Manufacturing Technology, Southeast Community College
    800-642-4075 ext. 2650

    Karen Koch, Instructor
    AAS, Southeast Community College
    BS, University of Nebraska-Kearney
    MS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    800-933-7223, ext. 8442


    For more information about the post-graduation achievements of SCC Graduates as well as average starting salaries, refer to the annual Graduate Report.

    For information about the methodologies used to gather the post-graduation student achievement data contained in the annual Graduate Report, refer to the Institutional Research page or contact ir@southeast.edu.