Computer Aided Design
What Will I Learn?
Are you interested in drawing and designing things on the computer? Would you like to work in the field of manufacturing, architecture or engineering? If so, HCC's computer-aided design (CAD) curriculum will introduce you to a broad array of technical and architectural modeling. The program also develops your ability to use CAD systems to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional drawings and models.
Approximately 50% of drafters work in architectural, engineering and related services.*
What Is The Occupational Outlook?
As a graduate of the CAD program, you'll have a variety of career and educational options available to you. You can seek immediate employment upon graduation or continue your education. Four-year degree options include programs such as industrial technology, construction management and manufacturing.
Employment of drafters is expected to grow 6% from 2010 to 2020 and will vary by specialty. The median annual salary of drafters was $49,630 in 2012.*
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
Your HCC Options
1. Earn an Associate in Applied Science
The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Computer-Aided Design Technology prepares you for a variety of entry-level positions in design and drafting. You'll take introductory courses in technical graphics, AutoCAD, and mechanical and architectural design.
2. Earn a Certificate
Upon completion of the Computer-Aided Design Certificate, you'll be able to seek entry-level employment as a CAD technician or operator, or as an engineering or architectural assistant. All courses included in the CAD Technology Certificate program can be applied to the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Computer-Aided Design Technology.
The Drafting Skills Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position as a drafter, CAD technician, detailer or other related occupation. This certificate can be applied toward further study in CAD or Manufacturing Technology.