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Area of Study: Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies
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Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies
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Architectural and Engineering Computer Aided Design

Create your own design for an exciting career

From the building you live in — to the cell phone in your pocket — everything that is built or manufactured begins with technical drawings produced by designers and drafters using computer aided design (CAD) programs. In ACC's Architectural and Engineering Computer Aided Design Program, students learn to apply programs such as AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D, Creo, Cadence, MasterCAM, and Solidworks to create construction documents and technical drawings. Depending on the course of study, students may have access to CNC machining, 3D printing, and laser-cutting technology. Associate degree tracks are offered in mechanical, architectural, civil, interdisciplinary, and electronic design and drafting. If you prefer to work and attend school at the same time, our program allows you to earn employer-recognized certificates in specialized areas such as integrated circuit layout and design, building information modeling (BIM), and computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). Courses taken for a certificate will also count toward an associate degree.

Skills you will gain

Career options vary depending upon your specialization. Most CAD jobs specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, electronics, or mechanical design and drafting. Architectural drafters draw architectural and structural features of buildings for construction projects. Civil drafters prepare topographical maps used in construction and civil engineering projects, such as highways, land development, and water and waste-water projects. Electrical drafters prepare wiring diagrams that are used in the design and construction of electrical distribution systems and residential and commercial buildings. Electronics drafters produce schematic diagrams, printed circuit board designs, and integrated circuit layouts. Mechanical drafters create models and drawings that define the details for a wide variety of machinery and mechanical tools and devices. At ACC, you can explore all of these fields before deciding which one is right for you.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Architectural Drafters
23.49 Hourly Wage 1147 Currently Employed
Prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.
1147 Architectural Drafters are employed. This number is expected to increase by 5.93 % over the next four years.
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Commercial and Industrial Designers
26.51 Hourly Wage 181 Currently Employed
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
181 Commercial and Industrial Designers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 9.39 % over the next four years.
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Architectural and Engineering Managers
73.73 Hourly Wage 1151 Currently Employed
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
1151 Architectural and Engineering Managers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.95 % over the next four years.
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Civil Drafters
23.49 Hourly Wage 1147 Currently Employed
Prepare drawings and topographical and relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, pipelines, flood control projects, and water and sewerage control systems.
1147 Civil Drafters are employed. This number is expected to increase by 5.93 % over the next four years.
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Electronic Drafters
38.44 Hourly Wage 313 Currently Employed
Draw wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, schematics, and layout drawings used for manufacture, installation, and repair of electronic equipment.
313 Electronic Drafters are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.31 % over the next four years.
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Electrical Drafters
38.44 Hourly Wage 313 Currently Employed
Develop specifications and instructions for installation of voltage transformers, overhead or underground cables, and related electrical equipment used to conduct electrical energy from transmission lines or high-voltage distribution lines to consumers.
313 Electrical Drafters are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.31 % over the next four years.
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Mechanical Drafters
24.53 Hourly Wage 247 Currently Employed
Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.
247 Mechanical Drafters are employed. This number is expected to increase by 5.67 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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Program Maps

View the program maps below to see the sequence of courses needed to complete your chosen degree or certificate in this program.

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Awards in this Program


Associate of Applied Science

Architectural & Engineering CAD- Architectural Specializat
Architectural & Engineering CAD- Mechanical Specialty
Architectural & Engineering CAD-Civil Specialization
Architectural & Engineering CAD-Electronic Specialty
Architectural & Engineering CAD-Interdisciplinary Specialty


Certificate Level 1

CAD Foundation Architectural & Engineering CAD
CAD Management Architectural & Engineering CAD
CAD/BIM Spec Architectural and Engineering CAD
CAD/CAM Architectural & Engineering CAD
Cert Architectural & Engineering Cad
Civil CAD Specialization Architectural & Engineering CAD
ICL Design Architectural & Engineering CAD
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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.

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