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Society needs professional drafting experts for urban planning and city development. Architecture, construction, and engineering all rely on drafting technology to plan, design and execute projects of all sizes.

What will I learn in JCCC's Drafting Technology program?

In as few as four semesters, you will learn to interpret architectural and machine diagrams and create blueprints, schematics, and elevations of interiors using computer-aided drafting (CAD) software. You will learn by designing, building, modeling, and surveying.

JCCC’s Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology AAS degree covers an array of topics, including:

  • Drafting
  • CAD Concepts
  • Interpreting Machine and Architectural Drawings
  • Graphic Analysis
  • Parametric Design
  • Architectural Design and Drafting
  • Structural Design and Drafting
  • Building Information Modeling

After completing 64 credit hours, you will graduate JCCC with your Associate of Applied Science degree.

In JCCC’s CAD program, math, science and engineering skills are essential, but working collaboratively and communicating clearly are vital skills, too. Tech skills and “soft skills” are necessary to take a vague concept and transform it into a functional reality.

Why JCCC's Drafting Technology courses?

JCCC’s state-of-the-art software, up-to-date equipment and experienced professors help you to become a drafting technician. Each Drafting Technology professor teaches and then gives you one-on-one attention as you practice each concept. Discipline-specific classes in architecture and civil, mechanical and structural design sharpen your skills even more.

Part of our CAD program involves gaining more real-world experience from job shadowing and internship opportunities at local firms and businesses where CAD skills make you a vital part of a team. Architectural firms, construction companies, specialized design services and manufacturing firms employ technicians who have the skills taught at JCCC.

How JCCC can help you succeed

Many credits will transfer to engineering programs at nearby four-year colleges and universities. You can talk with a counselor to learn more about our Transfer Services.

When you’re not in class, hang out with like-minded students who share your passion through one of our clubs and organizations.

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Drafting, CAD, and AutoCAD classes will prepare you for a career as a drafting technician in construction, manufacturing, engineering and more. CAD technicians are in high demand, especially those with advanced skills using software, such as AutoCad, Revit, Inventor and SketchUp. These programs are standards in the industry, and you’ll learn them at JCCC using a hands-on approach.

The U.S. Department of Labor compiles statistics on the careers involving drafting technicians. You'll find information specifically related to careers in Kansas, including salary information and job prospects for:

  • Architectural drafters
  • Civil drafters
  • Mechanical drafters

Download the Drafting Technology Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.


Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

The cost of going to college can drastically impact your ability to succeed. At Johnson County Community College, we want our students to be able to afford a program that they love. That’s why we’re constantly working to make tuition more affordable for you.

Here’s what JCCC has to offer:

Textbook and other supply costs vary depending on your courses.

Resources and Tools at JCCC

Being a student at JCCC means you have access to a range of services and resources to help you succeed. We offer professional tutoring and small, personalized class sizes. When you attend Johnson County Community College, your education truly matters.

The cost of going to school can be daunting. Fortunately, our Financial Aid office is here to help you through the process. Our counselors can help you find ways to fund your schooling, including scholarships and student loans, both of which can help to reduce the cost of your tuition every semester.

If you need help discovering what your passion will be post-graduation, our Career Development Center and Academic Counseling services are great support tools.

You can also further your education by transferring to a four-year school. JCCC is here to help make the transition to another college program easy and stress-free.