Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) Technology, Associate in Applied Science


Harry S Truman

Program Code: 0144

Program Requirements

General Education Coursework
ENGLISH 101Composition3
MATH 140College Algebra4
PHYSICS 231General Physics I: Mechanics & Wave Motion4
Fine Arts & Humanities course3
CIS 120Introduction to Computer Applications3
Required Program Core
CIS 103Fundamentals of Programming3
CIS 116Operating System I3
CIS 123Microcomputer Spreadsheets3
ENGR 100Elements of Engineering Drawing3
ENGR 110Introductory Drafting2
ENGR 111Engineering Success Seminar3
ENGR 131Engineering Graphics & Intro to Design3
ENGR 132Descriptive Geometry3
ENGR 190Computer Programming for Engineers3
ENGR 202Advanced Drafting & Basic Machine Design3
MATH 141Plane Trigonometry3
CAD TEC 130CAD Technology I3
CAD TEC 170CAD Technology II3
CAD TEC 171CAD Technology III3
CAD TEC 172CAD Technology IV3
Total Hours61

One course must fulfill the Human Diversity (HD) requirement.


This is an example course sequence for students interested in earning a degree in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technology. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn a Basic Certificate (BC), Advanced Certificate (AC) and Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) in CAD Technology. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. 

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
CAD TEC 130 CAD Technology I 3
MATH 140 College Algebra 1 4
ENGR 100 Elements of Engineering Drawing 3
ENGR 110 Introductory Drafting 2
Semester 2
MATH 141 Plane Trigonometry 3
ENGR 131 Engineering Graphics & Intro to Design 3
ENGR 111 Engineering Success Seminar 3
CAD TEC 170 CAD Technology II 3
CIS 103 Fundamentals of Programming 3
Semester 3
CAD TEC 171 CAD Technology III 3
ENGR 202 Advanced Drafting & Basic Machine Design 3
ENGR 132 Descriptive Geometry 3
Fine Arts & Humanities course (HD) 1 3
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Applications 1 3
Semester 4
CAD TEC 172 CAD Technology IV 3
ENGR 190 Computer Programming for Engineers 3
PHYSICS 231 General Physics I: Mechanics & Wave Motion 1 4
CIS 123 Microcomputer Spreadsheets 3
CIS 116 Operating System I 3
 Total Hours61

General Education Requirement

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Architectural and Civil Drafters

Job Description

Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$39,964
Median 50th Percentile$61,901
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$96,153

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$19
Median 50th Percentile$30
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$46

Annual Job Openings

155 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less0.41%
A certificate0.91%
Some college0.41%
An Associate degree17.85%
A Bachelor's degree54.59%
A Master's or Professional degree25.84%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

80.43% continue their education beyond an associate degree