Architecture, Manufacturing & Automotive


If you enjoy building or repairing machines or other structures, figuring out how things work and solving hands-on mechanical problems, this pathway is for you. You can expect hands-on learning opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities, such as our automotive and welding labs, and fundamental classes that will prepare you for the workforce or transfer to a four-year school.

Some highlights include:

  • Labs equipped with the latest technology, such as 3D printers, robotic arms and more
  • Preparation for in-demand career fields like construction management and orthotics/prosthetics
  • Certificate programs to help you enter the workforce earlier

The architecture, manufacturing and automotive fields are a part of JJC's Technical Department - a grouping of programs that encompasses so much more, including HVAC, orthotics & prosthetics technology, operations engineering and much more.

Transfer to a Four-Year School

You can save thousands on your education by attending JJC your first two semesters compared to a four-year public or private institution.

Study Abroad

As a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), JJC offers many study abroad opportunities around the world for students of any major. Destinations include Japan, Costa Rica, England, France and more!

  • How to Study Abroad

    At JJC, you can choose to study abroad during the fall, spring or summer semesters. All students who want to study abroad should fill out an application and have it completed by the deadlines below.

    • Spring Program: October 15
    • Summer Program: February 15
    • Fall Program: May 15
       

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Careers

  • Architectural and Civil Drafters

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Architectural and Civil Drafters

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 13,305 1,337
    2022 13,339
    2023 13,353
    2024 13,358
    2025 13,316

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Architectural and Civil Drafters

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $40,313.99 $61,870.25
    25 $52,788.35
    50 $61,870.25
    75 $75,585.32
    90 $89,603.86
  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 77,314 7,856
    2022 76,799
    2023 76,409
    2024 76,126
    2025 76,009

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $25,312.76 $45,706.50
    25 $33,720.87
    50 $45,706.50
    75 $61,031.71
    90 $82,460.16
  • Construction Managers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Construction Managers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 55,895 4,966
    2022 56,778
    2023 57,551
    2024 58,207
    2025 58,762

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Construction Managers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $45,046.92 $86,562.13
    25 $60,608.64
    50 $86,562.13
    75 $121,008.64
    90 $177,131.60

    Education Attainment Levels - Construction Managers

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 5.00
    A Certificate 0.00
    Some College 0.00
    An Associate Degree 5.00
    A Bachelor's Degree 90.00
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 5,901 494
    2022 5,910
    2023 5,915
    2024 5,919
    2025 5,910

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $38,919.28 $67,783.31
    25 $49,857.84
    50 $67,783.31
    75 $87,998.42
    90 $113,933.44

    Education Attainment Levels - Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 22.02
    A Certificate 32.27
    Some College 0.00
    An Associate Degree 45.71
    A Bachelor's Degree 0.00
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 1,858 183
    2022 1,846
    2023 1,833
    2024 1,821
    2025 1,806

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $38,947.21 $62,187.79
    25 $48,797.90
    50 $62,187.79
    75 $80,649.58
    90 $104,719.15

    Education Attainment Levels - Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 12.65
    A Certificate 29.67
    Some College 13.42
    An Associate Degree 41.04
    A Bachelor's Degree 3.22
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 4,658 496
    2022 4,702
    2023 4,735
    2024 4,769
    2025 4,776

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $39,199.78 $63,173.46
    25 $50,871.64
    50 $63,173.46
    75 $80,868.70
    90 $99,952.60

    Education Attainment Levels - Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 21.64
    A Certificate 1.25
    Some College 36.92
    An Associate Degree 25.54
    A Bachelor's Degree 14.65
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 33,992 3,919
    2022 34,219
    2023 34,408
    2024 34,569
    2025 34,666

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $29,006.51 $45,167.73
    25 $35,128.48
    50 $45,167.73
    75 $59,050.80
    90 $77,333.30