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 13,242 1,267
    2021 13,331
    2022 13,390
    2023 13,429
    2024 13,456

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Architectural Drafters

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $40,313.69 $61,870.10
    25 $52,788.10
    50 $61,870.10
    75 $75,585.38
    90 $89,604.52

    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 13,304 1,230
    2021 13,411
    2022 13,494
    2023 13,557
    2024 13,608

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Electromechanical Engineering Technologists

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $41,714.63 $67,348.40
    25 $52,318.02
    50 $67,348.40
    75 $90,590.90
    90 $109,235.97

    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 13,304 1,230
    2021 13,411
    2022 13,494
    2023 13,557
    2024 13,608

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $41,714.63 $67,348.40
    25 $52,318.02
    50 $67,348.40
    75 $90,590.90
    90 $109,235.97

    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 77,992 6,957
    2021 77,249
    2022 76,654
    2023 76,183
    2024 75,815

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Automotive Specialty Technicians

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $25,313.42 $45,707.22
    25 $33,721.57
    50 $45,707.22
    75 $61,032.33
    90 $82,460.24

    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 33,704 3,532
    2021 33,958
    2022 34,158
    2023 34,329
    2024 34,470

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

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $29,005.74 $45,167.44
    25 $35,127.92
    50 $45,167.44
    75 $59,051.14
    90 $77,335.62

    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