State Fair Community College

Computer Aided Drafting Technology

Why study computer aided drafting?

Computer Aided Drafting is a great career choice if you like working with your hands and mind to create things and produce your own designs.

SFCC’s high-tech CAD program has the latest in hardware and software technol­ogy at all CAD workstations. Classes usually have 10 to 15 students.  

For more information about required courses, click Advising Worksheet.

What do CAD graduates do?

They prepare technical drawings and plans used by production and construction workers to build everything from manufactured products, such as toys, toasters, industri­al machinery, and spacecraft, to struc­tures such as houses, office buildings, and oil and gas pipelines.

Their computer drawings provide visual guidelines, show the technical details of the products and structures, and specify dimensions, materials, and procedures. Computer drafters fill in technical de­tails, using drawings, rough sketches, specifications, codes, and calculations previously made by engineers, survey­ors, architects, or scientists. CAD profes­sionals use technical handbooks, tables, calculators, and computers to complete their work.

An SFCC CAD degree leads to high paying jobs in many areas, including:

MECH, which includes these disciplines: PLM, solid modeling, rapid prototyping, manufacturing, and Mechanical Drafting

AEC, which includes Architectural Drafting, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Construction Management, and Facilities Management

Plant, which includes plant design, process piping, instrumentation and maintenance

GIS, including Location-Based Services, mapping, GIS, LMS, and automated mapping

EDA (Electronic Design Automation), chip and PCB design, simulation, and verification

Graphic arts, animation, and associated industries

How much money can a CAD graduate make?

The salary range for CAD careers varies by specialty and level of responsibility. Median annual earn­ings of architectural and civil com­puter drafters, mechanical drafters and electrical and electronics draft­ers in 2004 ranged from $34,700 to $62,160.

Students are required to complete a four-credit-hour internship in their last semester. Most of those stu­dents are offered full-time positions in the companies for which they intern, so the job outlook is excellent.

Does the CAD degree transfer into a bachelor's degree?

SFCC offers 2+2 transfer de­grees with Missouri universities. This means you can transfer the 64 credit hours from your AAS degree in CAD into a Bachelor of Science of Industrial Technology degree with an emphasis in CAD. There also are other bachelor's transfer de­gree opportunities with engineering, CAD and architectural colleges.

Bring in free credit from your high school!

SFCC has articulation agreements in place with most area career and technical schools. Up to 15 credit hours may be articulated into the CAD program.

How long does it take to complete a CAD degree?

Prerequisite requirements have been mini­mized. Most students can complete the CAD degree program in two calendar years. However, course sequences have been logically arranged to facilitate a progres­sion from basic to complex skills. Therefore, the sequence should be followed.The Professional Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting Technology will provide necessary skills and knowledge to obtain employment in the growing, high-demand computer aided drafting field as a designer/drafter in a manufacturing, civil, structural, or architectural environment. The outlook for competent drafters is expected to increase faster than average since all new products and buildings require drawings and specifications to manufacture, build and assemble. The application of drafting and design standards and skills will be examined with the study of basic to advanced concepts in popular computer aided drafting programs. Completion of this certificate will also transition into the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Aided Drafting Technology.

Professional Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting Technology

The Professional Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting Technology will provide necessary skills and knowledge to obtain employment in the growing, high-demand computer aided drafting field as a designer/drafter in a manufacturing, civil, structural, or architectural environment. The outlook for competent drafters is expected to increase faster than average since all new products and buildings require drawings and specifications to manufacture, build and assemble. The application of drafting and design standards and skills will be examined with the study of basic to advanced concepts in popular computer aided drafting programs. Completion of this certificate will also transition into the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Aided Drafting Technology. 

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Skills Certificates in Computer Aided Drafting

Contact

Kevin Haulotte
Coordinator, Computer Aided Drafting Program
Fielding Building, Room 279-A, Classroom 227
(660) 596-7419

This program requires students to have certain essential qualifications in order to be admitted and retained in the program. Click Essential Skills to view program specific qualifications.

Program information

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