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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
  • And much more!

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.

Resources and Tools for JCCC Students

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.

As a JCCC student, you will also have access to Academic Counseling, the Career Development Center, Financial Aid, and assistance through the Academic Resource Center.

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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.

At JCCC, we know money plays an important role in pursuing your education. Our team works hard to make tuition affordable for each student, so finances do not get in the way of taking steps to advance your career.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.