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 Drafters

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Architectural Drafters

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 13,843 1,255
    2021 13,958
    2022 14,026
    2023 14,068
    2024 14,092

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Architectural Drafters

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $40,783.19 $61,504.00
    25 $51,229.34
    50 $61,504.00
    75 $75,879.70
    90 $91,964.70

    Education Attainment Levels - Architectural Drafters

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.41
    A Certificate 0.91
    Some College 0.41
    An Associate Degree 17.85
    A Bachelor's Degree 54.59
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 25.84
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Electromechanical Engineering Technologists

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Electromechanical Engineering Technologists

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 12,380 1,071
    2021 12,477
    2022 12,545
    2023 12,595
    2024 12,623

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Electromechanical Engineering Technologists

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $39,656.22 $68,122.48
    25 $52,842.84
    50 $68,122.48
    75 $88,159.67
    90 $106,368.05

    Education Attainment Levels - Electromechanical Engineering Technologists

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00
    A Certificate 22.42
    Some College 10.72
    An Associate Degree 8.72
    A Bachelor's Degree 58.14
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 12,380 1,071
    2021 12,477
    2022 12,545
    2023 12,595
    2024 12,623

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $39,656.22 $68,122.48
    25 $52,842.84
    50 $68,122.48
    75 $88,159.67
    90 $106,368.05

    Education Attainment Levels - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 9.09
    A Certificate 0.00
    Some College 4.55
    An Associate Degree 40.91
    A Bachelor's Degree 36.36
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 4.55
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 4.55
  • Automotive Specialty Technicians

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Automotive Specialty Technicians

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 82,859 7,532
    2021 82,414
    2022 82,028
    2023 81,693
    2024 81,412

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Automotive Specialty Technicians

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $23,719.47 $42,984.61
    25 $31,448.39
    50 $42,984.61
    75 $57,880.26
    90 $78,044.47

    Education Attainment Levels - Automotive Specialty Technicians

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 43.03
    A Certificate 48.69
    Some College 2.26
    An Associate Degree 6.02
    A Bachelor's Degree 0.00
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 32,778 3,218
    2021 33,026
    2022 33,212
    2023 33,356
    2024 33,457

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $27,361.37 $43,844.90
    25 $33,811.29
    50 $43,844.90
    75 $58,412.97
    90 $77,521.89

    Education Attainment Levels - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 45.47
    A Certificate 41.32
    Some College 13.17
    An Associate Degree 0.05
    A Bachelor's Degree 0.00
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00