Computer Aided Design and Drafting


What Will I Learn?

JJC's CADD program provides courses in the mechanical, architectural and related design and engineering disciplines. The core curriculum focuses on 2D and 3D design skills using the Auto CAD software application from beginning to advanced level applications. The program also includes 3D Solid Modeling coursework using Creo Parametric, SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor Pro and Autodesk Architecture. Electives include 3D Studio Max Design work for animation tools and Bentley’s Microstation V8i design tools.

Students will have the computer aided design and drafting skill set needed to work in an engineering office environment. The advantage of having JJC’s AAS degree in CADD is exposure and experience gained while working with the large variety of industry software applications. The skills learned range from basic two-dimensional design drafting to advanced three dimensional parameter part modeling. The workstations and plotting hardware used in JJC’s CADD program are the most common found in today’s engineering offices.

What is Unique About Our CADD Program?

By earning an A.A.S. in CADD at JJC,  students can transfer smoothly to either Southern Illinois University and Northern Illinois University and obtain a Bachelor’s of Science Design in Industrial Engineering Technology. JJC’s program also meets the general education requirements many four-year schools require. 

What Degree / Certificate Will I Receive? 

What Are My Career Opportunities?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of drafters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026.

  • Mechanical drafter
  • Architecture/civil drafter
  • Electric drafter

“I not only learned the skills required to operate the varied software, but also how to problem solve, think/design in 3D and how to maintain the high standards for quality taught by the varies CADD instructors. These skills continue to assist me in my everyday work. I’m thankful for the CADD program and would recommend it to anyone.”

- Josiah M Davidson, JJC Alumni