The CAD Programming/Management Certificate is a short-term program that offers an opportunity to focus your studies in CAD programming and management of CAD software and networks. Subjects for study include CAD drawing, computer programming and network management. Additional electives in the Management Information Systems Department provide an opportunity for further study in computer programming with C++ or Visual BASIC languages.
Nature of Work—CAD programmers and managers can work in a variety of fields and disciplines. Companies that regularly use CAD as a design tool include architectural firms, manufacturing companies, engineering design firms and other engineering firms (civil, electrical, aeronautical, etc). CAD programmers/managers will be responsible for maintaining the existing CAD software, hardware and network. They will be in charge of reviewing, selecting and installing new software and hardware. They also will look to increase design productivity by creating CAD programs in a variety of computer languages that will aid the designers in working more efficiently and effectively.
Related Job Titles—CAD programmer, CAD manager, CAD network administrator, CAD network technician, CAD network manager, CAD network programmer.
Related Programs—Mechanical Design and Drafting/CAD A.A.S. (64 credit hours), Mechanical Design and Drafting Certificate (30 credit hours), Mechanical Design CAD Certificate (23 credit hours), Architectural CAD Certificate (23 credit hours), and Computer Animation Certificate (23 credit hours)
Employment Outlook—Employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to grow 17 percent over the 2008-18 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Technology advancements will boost the the employment of computer-related workers; as a result, the demand for managers to direct these workers also will increase. In addition, job openings will result from the need to replace managers who retire or move into other occupations.
Opportunities for obtaining a management position will be best for workers
possessing an M.B.A. with technology as a core component, or a management
information systems degree, advanced technical knowledge, and strong
communication and administrative skills. Wages of computer and information
systems managers vary by specialty and level of responsibility. Median annual
wages of these managers in May 2008 were $112,210. The middle 50 percent earned
between $88,240 and $141,890. Median annual wages in the industries employing
the largest numbers of computer and information systems managers in May 2008
were as follows:
In addition to salaries, computer and information systems managers, especially those at higher levels, often receive employment-related benefits, such as expense accounts, stock option plans, and bonuses. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011
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