This program prepares students for entry-level positions in mechanical drafting and computer-aided design (CAD). Courses cover the fundamentals of mechanical design, including industrial drafting standards, computer-assisted drafting and design, geometric tolerancing, and beginning manufacturing techniques.
This certificate program, which requires fewer credit hours to complete than an associate's degree, is intended to lead to immediate employment.
Recent high school graduates may be eligible for college credit for selected CTE Dual Credit courses taken in high school. Students considering transfer to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program should make an appointment with an academic advisor to review options.
Nature of Work—diverse and wide spectrum of businesses employ CAD drafters and designers, including architectural and mechanical design firms, engineering firms (civil, mechanical, etc.), graphic arts firms, construction companies, product design companies and manufacturing companies.
Related Job Title—Drafter, design drafter, computer-aided design (CAD) drafter, CAD technician, CAD operator (computer aided design operator)
Related Programs—Mechanical Design and Drafting/CAD A.A.S. (64 credit hours), Mechanical Design CAD Certificate (23 credit hours), 3-D CAD Certificate (20 credit hours), Architectural CAD Certificate (23 credit hours), CAD Programming/Management Certificate (18 credit hours), and Computer Animation Certificate (23 credit hours)
Employment Outlook—Employment of drafters is expected to grow by 6 percent between 2010 and 2020, which is slower than he average for all occupations. However, growth will vary by specialty.
Drafters’ earnings vary by specialty, location, and level of responsibility. Median annual wages of architectural and civil drafters were $47,880 in May 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $35,290 and $55,740. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,950, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,820. Median annual wages for architectural and civil drafters in architectural, engineering, and related services were $53,020.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011 Chicago: Salary.com reports median earnings Architectural Drafter I of $41,338 and a range of $27,650 to $56,921.
For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center, Student Services Center, S202, at (708) 974-5737. www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.
Gainful Employment Information—The college provides information about the number of semesters and expected costs to complete this program, as well as the current job outlook. Visit morainevalley.edu/programs/employment.htm.