Overview of Civil CAD Specialization & Profession

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Workforce Information

Civil drafters prepare topographical maps used in construction and civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and dams.

Please see the Bureau of Labor Statistics page on Civil Drafters by visiting their site here.

Please see the Occupational Information Network page on Civil Drafters by visiting their site here.

Program Coordinator & Advising

Jeffrey Muhammad
Civil CAD Coordinator

Email: jmuhamma@austincc.edu
Phone: (512) 223-4844
Directory: Jeffrey Muhammad

The program coordinator for the Civil CAD program in the A&E CAD department is Jeffrey Muhammad, who also serves as the academic advisor and as an instructor. Jeffrey earned his associate of applied science degree in Architectural and Engineering CAD – Interdisciplinary Specialization from the Austin Community College. Jeffrey has worked as a designer and technician with several firms in the Austin area, including: Wenzel Engineering, the City of Bastrop, and Loomis Austin.

Jeffrey has been teaching at ACC since 2004.

Jeffrey Muhammad (jmuhamma@austincc.edu), program coordinator for Civil CAD, covers the curriculum and courses that comprise the civil programs.

Programs Offered

This program is intended for students pursuing careers in the field of Civil CAD Drafting.  Civil drafters create drawings for the civil engineering industry, including areas of land development, transportation, public works, environmental, landscaping, surveying, design visualization and many others.  Students may also use the training offered in the Civil CAD Specialization to prepare for transfer to a university program. Students who choose the Civil CAD Specialization career track are often employed by Civil Engineering firms, Surveying companies and Government agencies.  The Civil CAD curriculum emphasizes the utilization of current industry standard software, with AutoCAD Civil 3D as the primary software.  Additional CAD software used in this program include:  the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection, Autodesk Storm & Sanitary Analysis, E-ON VUE Infinite and Bentley Microstation.

The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection (which features Civil 3D, AutoCAD, InfraWorks, and 3ds Max) is utilized in the Civil CAD curriculum to plan, design, document & visualize civil engineering student design projects. E-ON Software VUE Infinite is also utilized in the Civil CAD curriculum to create stunning and realistic 3D renderings of student design projects.

At the completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree with a Civil CAD Specialization, students will be able to (PSLOs):

  • Utilize CAD drafting & design software to plan and prepare construction documents, technical graphics and visualizations appropriate to the civil infrastructure industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of civil drafting and design procedures; familiarity with design criteria, and their appropriate uses in civil infrastructure projects.
  • Perform analyses and calculations suitable for civil infrastructure drafting & design processes.

Degree Plan




This 24 credit hour program is intended for students pursuing careers in the field of Civil Engineering Computer Aided Design. Students may also apply the credits earned in the Civil certification to the A&E CAD department’s AAS degree – Civil CAD Specialization. CAD software used in this program includes Civil 3D and AutoCAD.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the A&E CAD department’s Civil coordinator, Jeffrey Muhammad, before pursuing this program.

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Adjunct Faculty

Courses Offered

Below is a list of all courses the A&E CAD department currently has to offer in the Civil CAD specialization. You will also find links to our current and ensuing semester course schedules to help you plan your academic future.

Current Semester Course Schedule: 2021 – Fall Semester

Next Semester Course Schedule: 2022 – Spring Semester

Preparation of civil drawings including drafting methods and principles used in civil engineering.

Prerequisite(s): DFTG 1405.

This is an advanced level course that builds on the concepts and principles learned in earlier civil drafting courses, with emphasis on hydrology and hydraulics as they relate to storm water analysis, management and design. Students will implement local jurisdiction design criteria in the creation of construction drawings for storm drainage systems, while utilizing industry standard CAD software.

Prerequisite(s): DFTG 1430 and DFTG 2421.

This is an advanced level course that builds on the concepts and principles learned in earlier civil drafting courses. Topics include conceptual Illustration, 3D visualization, rendering and presentation of civil engineering infrastructure projects.

Prerequisite(s): DFTG 1430 and DFTG 2421.

Plotting of surveyor’s field notes. Includes drawing elevations, contour lines, plan and profiles, and laying out traverses. This course is an intermediate course in design principles, drafting, and BIM applications for Civil infrastructure. Utilizing industry standard CAD software, including Civil 3D and others.

Prerequisite(s): DFTG 1405.

This is an intermediate level course with emphasis on drafting and design of water and wastewater systems for civil infrastructure. Topics include pressurized and gravity systems. Students will implement local jurisdiction design criteria in the creation of construction drawings, while utilizing industry standard CAD software, including Civil 3D and others.

Prerequisite(s): DFTG 1430 and DFTG 2421.

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