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3-D CAD 
Certificate
Curriculum code 1439

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The 3-D CAD Certificate Program provides comprehensive study in the latest technology and techniques for three-dimensional computer modeling. Areas of study include parametric and surface modeling, adaptive design techniques, and photo-realistic rendering and image manipulation. Rapid prototyping techniques and applications are also investigated.

The 3-D CAD Certificate is designed both as a means to focus your skills in an emerging field and update your skills to stay current with the latest computer technology in the design world.

Nature of Work—3-D CAD drafters or designers will work with a variety of software, constructing both solid and surface models of objects, machines or structures. They can work in many fields including mechanical design, architecture and industrial design. Their work may be used in the initial stages of design, during the design process as a means to evaluate design options, or in the post-design stage for marketing and sales publications and presentations.

Related Job Title—Drafter, architectural/civil drafters, electronic/electrical drafters, computer aided design (CAD) operators

Related Programs—Mechanical Design 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) CAD Management/Programming Certificate (18 credit hours) and Computer Animation Certificate (26 credit hours)

Employment Outlook—Employment of drafters is expected to grow by 4 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is slower than the 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 $44,490 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $35,290 and $55,740. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,220, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $67,110. Median annual wages for architectural and civil drafters in architectural, engineering, and related services were $44,390. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-201

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.

 
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