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 years 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 13,230 1,345
    2022 13,272
    2023 13,293
    2024 13,306
    2025 13,315

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Architectural and Civil Drafters

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $40,285.92 $62,115.58
    25 $52,822.77
    50 $62,115.58
    75 $75,655.51
    90 $89,577.65

    Education Attainment Levels - Architectural and Civil 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
  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 79,237 9,242
    2022 78,770
    2023 78,458
    2024 78,250
    2025 78,127

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $25,191.92 $45,487.77
    25 $33,607.41
    50 $45,487.77
    75 $60,496.12
    90 $81,857.43

    Education Attainment Levels - Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 41.06
    A Certificate 52.40
    Some College 5.05
    An Associate Degree 1.49
    A Bachelor's Degree 0.00
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Construction Managers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Construction Managers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 59,036 5,733
    2022 60,406
    2023 61,600
    2024 62,658
    2025 63,491

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Construction Managers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $43,420.18 $84,770.24
    25 $59,320.32
    50 $84,770.24
    75 $120,939.05
    90 $179,205.35

    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 5,827 509
    2022 5,848
    2023 5,854
    2024 5,865
    2025 5,880

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

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $38,922.08 $67,787.67
    25 $49,861.22
    50 $67,787.67
    75 $88,003.73
    90 $113,939.92

    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 1,878 193
    2022 1,871
    2023 1,864
    2024 1,856
    2025 1,850

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

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $38,926.98 $62,315.14
    25 $48,837.18
    50 $62,315.14
    75 $80,789.65
    90 $105,621.61

    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 4,708 543
    2022 4,764
    2023 4,818
    2024 4,868
    2025 4,903

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $39,131.06 $63,318.42
    25 $50,882.97
    50 $63,318.42
    75 $81,026.57
    90 $101,327.99

    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 34,120 4,096
    2022 34,389
    2023 34,638
    2024 34,849
    2025 35,050

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

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $29,073.73 $45,293.87
    25 $35,179.19
    50 $45,293.87
    75 $59,391.31
    90 $77,940.55

    Education Attainment Levels - Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

    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