AAS Technical Degree

Computer technology has revolutionized the processes used in drafting and design. Processes that were formerly performed by hand can now be done using computers and is referred to as CAD (computer-aided design). The advances in technology in this area allow CAD technicians to generate precise drawings with more efficiency than ever before. CAD technicians are able to harness computer technology to give engineers, architects, manufacturers, and others a different perspective and understanding of the design process. CAD is projected to be a profession with excellent job growth potential in the coming years.

CAD technicians need to be skilled in several areas. First they must understand the principles, techniques, and terminology associated with a traditional drafting and design process. CAD technicians must also be able to understand computer concepts and techniques. Finally, CAD technicians learn to apply drafting principles to a computer based drafting environment.

CAD technicians are in high demand, locally in the tri-states, throughout Illinois and nationally. The CAD program at JWCC prepares students with the skills that employers are looking for. Many have job offers prior to graduating.

Computer-Aided Design Class“The technology of computer-aided design is used in a wide range of fields, so employment opportunities are very broad. CAD technicians work closely with engineers, architects and others who need technical drawings, and our program prepares them for this challenge. Our students work on up-to-date computer stations equipped with the software used in the field, including SolidWorks and AutoDesk Inventor.  We’re always updating, to stay current with the demands of the industry.”

Dave Leonard, Assistant Professor
Industrial Technology


Gainful Employment: For more information about graduation rates, cost, the median debt of students who complete the program, and other information, please visit our Gainful Employment website.