Careers and Employment
Graduates are prepared for immediate employment as computer-aided designers or CAD technicians. Most graduates in our area are employed by manufacturing firms, including Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co., Port Industries, Knapheide Manufacturing, Gardner Denver, Inc., Michelmann Steel Construction Co. and H & B Quality Tooling.
“I had worked in industry, but I decided on CAD because I thought it would be fun to apply my artistic interest to manufacturing, and I really do enjoy it. I was able to attend part time, taking a couple of classes at a time.
“The training definitely led to my getting this job. I was well prepared when I graduated. JWCC was a good choice.”
Burt Shackleton, Quincy
AAS, CAD, JWCC 2005
CAD Technician, Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co., Quincy
Salaries vary; starting salary statewide is $30,000 to $40,000 a year, depending on the career choice and level of expertise. More experienced design drafters can earn $40,000 to $55,000 annually.*
* Salary information obtained from the Illinois Career Information System
“I started here as a CAD technician. My training at JWCC was definitely the reason I got my job. We've had several JWCC interns, and they have all come to us with solid training. They’re learning on the same equipment we use here. In fact, we were able to have some of the latest software donated to JWCC in our name. We want to support this program so we can turn to it when we need to hire someone.”
Rob Heiden, Quincy
Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co., Quincy