Civil Designer

Career Certificate

Make designs come alive

Draft all the roads, buildings and ways we get around. With a Civil Designer Certificate, you can see your work move from the computer to real life. Advance your career in this competitive field with course work such as labs, lectures and reading assignments that cover:

  • using AutoCAD to complete drawing sets
  • choosing appropriate drawing tools in the Civil 3D user interface to increase productivity
  • creating existing and proposed surfaces and designs—and adjusting them, as needed

What can you do with a certificate in Civil Design?

Invest in your future career with a certificate in Civil Design. If you’re just starting out, begin in an entry-level role working in a land surveying/civil engineering firm.

After they receive their certificate, some students take steps to getting licensed and return to CLC to earn an Associate in Engineering Science transfer degree.

Depending on your current education and experience your role could be:

  • Civil Drafter
  • Land Surveying Technician
  • Land Surveying Drafter


  • 100% Online

    Can be completed 100% online.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 4 Months

    Full-time students finish in 4 months.

Career Outlook

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A College & Career Navigator (CCN) is ready to answer your questions and assist with your application, academic program selection, class enrollment and connecting you with resources as needed, making your journey at CLC smoother.

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CAD 110 3
    CAD 117 3
    CAD 177 3
    CAD 178 3
    CAD 278 3
    • Course Code CAD 110
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CAD 117
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CAD 177
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CAD 178
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CAD 278
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


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CAD-Drafting Technology at CLC

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A Civil Designer Certificate is just one possible way to study CAD-Drafting Technology. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

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