Architectural Drafting & Design


The YCCC Architectural Drafting and Design Certificate Program uses the latest CAD software to teach engineering and design.

Quick Facts
  • Program tracks


  • Estimated certificate completion time

    2 semesters, 18 credits

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Architectural Drafting & Design students will learn basic engineering standards and design concepts, building code requirements, knowledge of materials, and measurements and mathematics required for construction. Courses utilize the latest CAD software, allowing students to graduate with leading edge skills. All courses in this certificate program may be applied to the Architectural Design AAS degree.

The sequencing of courses in this program begins in the fall semester. Students entering in the spring or summer will likely take longer than two semesters to complete the program.

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The Architectural Drafting & Design Certificate prepares students for employment in the design/building industry. Courses provide graduates with enhanced skills and knowledge for careers as Architectural CAD Design/Drafters. Potential fields of employment include kitchen and bath design, sign making, independent building contractors, architectural firms, and woodworking industries.

Meet the Faculty

  • Thomas McGinn

    Thomas McGinn

    Chair/Faculty -Architect & Engineering Design

    Tom began teaching at YCCC as an adjunct in 1996, was hired full time in 2000 and have served as the Chair of the Design Technologies Department since 2004. He has a diverse professional background which began with General Electric, designing aircraft engines for 10 years. In 1985, while working at GE, he helped North Shore Community College develop courses in CAD. Tom was offered an adjunct teaching position and taught there for the first six semesters until moving to Maine in 1991. He started a CAD consulting business in 1989, working for companies from New York to Maine and eventually became the principle designer for two companies: Clearwater Systems, developers of water treatment plants; and Maine Timberfames. Tom still works part-time for both of those companies and, through that work, has developed an awareness of the need for sustainable design. Although his work relies on high tech software and tools, he realizes that natural resources are limited and that design must consider those resources. Tom holds a A.A.S., in Computer Technology from North Shore Community College, a B.S. In Business Administration from Fitchburg State University and a M.A. in Sustainability and Environmental Design from Harvard University.

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