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4 Reasons to Explore a Career in Computer-Aided Drafting

In today’s rapidly changing world, it can be hard to find a career that offers job satisfaction, stability, and opportunities for career growth. Many young professionals are discovering promising careers through training in advanced technology, including computer-aided drafting.

CAD technology takes plans and designs for products or buildings and turns them into a precise model that is used for production. In addition to drafting, students also learn solid modeling and 3-D modeling skills.

If you’re looking for a career boost, here are four reasons to consider computer-aided drafting:

  1. Your skills will be valued in many different industries.
    CAD is used in engineering, architecture, animation, and the manufacturing of airplanes, automobiles, medical devices, and other products. This wide range of industries allows you to choose an area that is appealing to you to apply your skills and provides a larger market for your job search.
  2. You will be able to combine creativity with technology.  
    CAD uses both “right brain” thinking, such as creativity and spatial relationships, and “left brain” thinking, such as mathematics and analytical skills. In a CAD career, you’ll be able to blend innovation with technical skills to bring ideas to life.
  3. Your career will offer job stability.
    With a growing emphasis on the use of technology in manufacturing, CAD skills will remain in demand. In addition, the need for CAD in a wide range of industries creates stability in the job market.
  4. You will have the potential for career growth.
    Most graduates of a CAD program start out as a drafter or technician. After gaining experience in the workplace, you may have the option to move into a CAD designer or CAD manager position.


Training for a CAD Career
There are several avenues you can pursue to gain CAD skills. Alamance Community College offers three options in computer-aided drafting technology:

  • An Associate of Applied Science degree in CAD (approximately 2 years of study)
  • A CAD diploma (approximately four semesters of study)
  • One of three CAD-related certificates (approximately 1 semester of study)
    • Solid Modeling and Design
    • Computer Aided Drafting
    • Mechanical Drafting Technician

Learn More
If you are interested in learning more about computer-aided drafting at ACC, contact our career counselor Karen Hughes at (336) 506-4354 today.

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