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CAD-Drafting Technology


About the Program

This program prepares students for employment and advancement in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and offers an Associate in Applied Science degree as well as several certificate options. Students generally select a program specialty option—Architectural/Civil, Mechanical or Graphics, Animation and Presentation.

What Do CAD Drafters Do?

CAD drafters work under the supervision of an engineer or designer to create drawings produced using a variety of CAD/Cam software. With additional education and experience, the CAD drafter may advance to designer, checker or supervisor.



In the Chicago area in 2012, the average annual salary for CAD Drafters ranged between $29,000 and $78,100, with the median at $52,100. An Associate degree is the typical educational requirement for entry-level jobs.


Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Applied Science

  • Architectural/Civil A.A.S.
  • Graphics, Animation and Presentation A.A.S.
  • Mechanical A.A.S.


  • 3D Parametric Certificate
  • Architectural Certificate
  • AutoCAD Certificate
  • Autodesk Inventor Certificate
  • Civil Certificate
  • Creo Certificate
  • Graphics, Animation and Presentation Certificate
  • Solidworks Certificate

Learn more about the program options.