CAD Technology Overview
Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) is primarily used for detailed engineering of 3D models and/or 2D drawings of physical components, but it is also used throughout the engineering process from conceptual design and layout, through strength and analysis of concepts to definition of manufacturing or building methods or components. This curriculum prepares students to apply technical skills and advanced computer software and hardware to develop plans and related documentation, and manage the hardware and software of a CAD system. Courses include instruction in architectural drafting, computer-assisted drafting and design (CADD), creating and managing two and three-dimensional models, and linking CAD documents to other software applications and operating systems. Graduates should qualify for CAD jobs in architectural and engineering firms and industrial design businesses.
Career Opportunities in Computer-Aided Drafting
2014 Median Salary in North Carolina: $24/hr
CAD Operator, Architectural Drafter
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor website, June 2015)