Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering (CADE)


Located in Kirkland, Washington, just outside of Seattle, LWTech features the Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering (CADE). Students enrolled in a CADE program, are prepared to succeed in high demand industries such as architecture, civil design, and mechanical design.

CADE students learn fundamental skills including technical software tools, as well as larger industry concepts that prepare students to be critical thinkers. Classes are organized in a cohort model where students take the same classes with their peers throughout the two-year program. The cohort model offers support and opportunities for students to learn from one another.

Beginning-level classes combine students with various career goals in the fields of architectural design, civil design and mechanical design. This provides students with hands-on exposure to inter-related disciplines, and allows students to develop a solid foundation in the field of architectural/engineering design. More advanced classes afford students the opportunity to develop their area of specialty (architecture, civil, or mechanical) in order to graduate with advanced technical skills that prepare them for the workforce.

As the maker movement gains momentum, LWTech provides students with access to and training on a wide range of digital fabrication technology such as 3D printers, laser cutters, 3D mills, and CNC routers. LWTech hosts the Innovation Lab, a maker space for students to collaborate in a hands-on lab utilizing such tools.

Students also have the opportunity to earn certifications in AutoCAD through this program.

Architectural Technology

An Associate Degree in Architectural Technology at LWTech enables students to participate in design and technical teams, and develop the necessary and required skill sets. Students become proficient to work in local architectural firms supporting architects. By learning the design process, students can develop a growth mindset and ultimately become innovators with a passion for problem solving.

The AAS-T degree is designed to prepare students to transfer to Washington State University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies. Students can apply their senior year of studies toward a Master of Architecture to earn a master's degree in just one additional year.

The Architectural Technology degree provide students with a solid foundation in design development, construction documents, principles of sustainability and building information modeling (BIM). Students are required to participate in projects which assimilate real-world architectural problems through Project Based Learning. Students will gain specialized training in industry-leading software packages such as AutoCAD and Revit, as well as the maker space – the Innovation Lab. Coursework includes conventional and computer drafting which reflect the current trends in the architectural industry, including sustainability and 3D printing skills.

An Associate Degree in Architectural Technology will allow graduates to secure a job in the dynamic architecture and construction industry in the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound area. With this degree, students can further their academic pursuit toward a Bachelor degree in LWTech’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Design, Washington State University's Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, or other Bachelor programs throughout the United States, or start a career in a growing and highly sought industry. This degree can also be a key element in eventually earning an architectural license. Architectural designers are in demand in the King County region, as determined by the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Civil Design and Engineering Technology

The Civil Design Technology and Civil Engineering Technology degrees will serve students interested in supporting the booming construction industry in the Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest, including road expansion, building growth, public transit and more. Students will gain hands-on techniques of land surveying, reading and designing construction documents, and permitting regulations.

Civil Design students will learn and apply the principles of planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of an engineer. In the field, civil designers calculate dimensions, read and create blueprints and multi-dimensional drawing design layouts that meet project specifications. Students will learn to analyze project sites, and conduct material testing to determine proper soils and concrete.

In the maker space Innovation Lab and related classes, students, will have an opportunity to implement their designs in a collaborative, hands-on environment. A suite of technology tools will be taught in line with industry standards. Civil Designers are in demand in the King County region, as determined by the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Mechanical Design Technology

By earning an Associate degree in Mechanical Design Technology at LWTech, students will learn and develop the skills necessary to be a vital member of design and technical teams that take ideas and make them reality. Students learn to be a part of the design process in the creation of parts, assemblies and tooling documentation, to aid manufacturing processes, consumer goods, buildings, and civil projects.

While earning the Mechanical Design Technology degree, students will receive a solid foundation in technical drafting, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, materials, kinematics, and industrial/product design thinking. Students have the ability to pursue more specialized training in Tool Design and industry-leading software packages such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and CATIA.

In the maker space Innovation Lab and related classes, students are prepared for a job in industry as a Design Technician, Designer, Technical Drafter, CAD designer, as well as experienced in design and prototyping their own ideas which can effectively make them an inventor or entrepreneur.

Students interested in pursuing LWTech’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Design program, and/or a career in industrial design or product design are encouraged to enroll in these courses.

Admission Requirements

Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.

Gainful Employment

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 require institutions to report aggregated information for students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). These regulations include the disclosure of tuition and fees, books and supplies, on-campus room and board, number of students completing the program, median student loan debt, and job placement rates which must be available to all prospective students. Below lists disclosures for Title IV eligible certificates offered within this academic program. Please visit LWTech's Gainful Employment page for more details.