Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
CAD Requirements and Curriculum [PDF]
Drafters make detailed drawings of buildings, products, and machinery from sketches and specifications conceived by engineers, architects and designers.
with local firms are available for students enrolled in MECC’s Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program.
Your ability and willingness to work, coupled with a desire to continue training, will provide you with opportunities for advancement.
Employers want Computer-Aided Drafting and Design employees who:
- Possess an interest in computer operations.
- Possess an ability to become involved in complex and interesting CAD software programs.
- Possess an ability to analyze a problem and logically design a solution.
- Employment availability is excellent.
- Employment projections for the next ten years show a major increase due to highway construction and bridge building.
- Employment may involve mechanical, civil, or architectural design.
- Positions on survey crews or as inspectors for highway and bridge construction are additional employment opportunities.
Entry-level CAD operators can expect a beginning wage of $8.00 to $11.00 per hour, depending on location and the type of company. Median annual earnings are $31,000 to $56,000.
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton, a graduate of MECC’s Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Program, is a mapper at Tuck Engineering in Big Stone Gap, VA.
You will find other MECC graduates at:
Appalachian Tech Services, Maxim Engineering, Thompson + Litton, Eastman Chemical Company, Tuck Mapping Solutions, Virginia Department of Transportation