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What Will I Learn?

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.

In the CAD program, math, science and engineering skills are important, but working collaboratively and communicating clearly are vital skills, too. Tech skills and “soft skills” are necessary to take an undefined concept and transform it into a functional reality.


State-of-the-art software, up-to-date equipment and experienced professors help you to become a drafting technician. A 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.

Gain 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 dedicated technicians who have the skills taught at JCCC.

Many credits will transfer to engineering programs at area schools. Talk to a counselor to find out how best to transfer.

When you’re not in class, hang out with like-minded students who share your passion.

Construction Specification Institute: Student Chapter at JCCC – Gain insight into the construction field and network with professionals.

Engineering and Math Club of JCCC – Work on engineering skills and group dynamics in this fun club especially for engineering students.

Computer Club – Expand your knowledge of computer programs, apps and games in this group that attracts tech lovers from many career paths.

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Drafting/CAD/AutoCAD classes prepare you for a career as a drafting technician in construction, manufacturing 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 the job prospects.

  • 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.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.