Jul 18, 2024  
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Architectural/Engineering Drafting Technology, Associate of Applied Science

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School of Applied Technology (AT)

The ARDR program utilizes up-to-date computer-aided drafting software applications to train drafting technicians for the Architectural/Engineering/Construction (A/E/C) industry.  Drafting is taught in combination with the principles of architectural/engineering graphic conventions and the theory and practice of construction technology.  The curriculum also concentrates on the development of communication, teamwork, and problem solving skills necessary to prepare students for the architectural/engineering office environment.

For information, contact the School of Applied Technologies (AT).

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Educational Option Information

  • This program can be completed: Part-time or full time. Full-time students can complete the program in 4 terms.
  • This program can be started: Any term.
  • Primary course location: Advanced Technology Center.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Other costs:

  • Students must purchase drafting tools, construction hard hat, camera, safety vest and safety glasses.

Educational Opportunities

Though primarily intended as a stand-alone program, many courses within the Architectural Drafting degree coursework are transferable to 4-year institutions.

Many of the courses in this degree are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for entry-level jobs such as architectural or engineering drafting technicians in residential and commercial construction and in drafting and sales positions with contractors, fabricators and suppliers.

Gainful Employment information is available from Job Connection Services.

Ten Year Rule for CTE Courses

Career and technical education courses in this program will qualify for credit for a period of ten academic years. Due to changing technologies, trends, and professional demands, courses completed ten or more years in the past will satisfy program requirements only if they are approved by the instructional school in which they were offered. Cohorted programs may have additional restrictions.

Program Requirements


Term 2

Either Term 2, 3 or 4 courses may be taken directly after the completion of Term 1 courses. 

Term 3

Either Term 2, 3 or 4 courses may be taken directly after the completion of Term 1 courses. 

Term 4

Either Term 2, 3 or 4 courses may be taken directly after the completion of Term 1 courses. 

Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Degree: 62

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