Computer-Aided Design Program
Degree and Certificate Options
The Computer-Aided Design Technology Program at Kishwaukee College is best known for its reputation of placing students into a job market where there are more jobs than college graduates to fill them. Graduates are sought for their comprehensive knowledge base that includes contemporary CAD methods reinforced with traditional manual methods. CAD management skills are increasingly being emphasized.
The program offers instruction in the most current releases of AutoCAD®, Inventor® and SolidWorks® CAD software.
The Kishwaukee College CAD Technology Program has an outstanding curriculum with articulation agreements with most major state universities. Students should download syllabi from the department's Brightspace® course shells and ask the intended university of transfer for an evaluation BEFORE transfer from Kishwaukee College. Students who plan to attend 4 year colleges of architecture and engineering are increasingly expected to know CAD system operations before attendance.
The Kishwaukee College CAD Technology Program regularly offers hybrid courses. Students in these courses may opt to attend every class session or complete the course entirely online.
This program is part of the Architecture & Construction Career Cluster.
High School Programs of Study guides
There is a shortage of CAD technologists in the country which is specifically noticeable in northern Illinois. In the 2014-15 school year the Kishwaukee College CAD Technology Program received over 40 employer notifications of CAD job openings. The program graduated 7 students to fill those locally available jobs within a 60 mile radius of the college. The program's CAD graduates are now some of the highest paid graduates of the college with starting salaries in excess of $40,000. This was determined in a five-year 2013 program review study for the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and remains true today.
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