Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) Technology, Basic Certificate


Harry S Truman

Program Code: 0139

Program Requirements

Required Program Core
CAD TEC 130CAD Technology I3
CAD TEC 170CAD Technology II3
CAD TEC 171CAD Technology III3
CAD TEC 172CAD Technology IV3
Select one of the following:4
College Algebra
Engineering & Industrial Technologies CWE (Cooperative Work Experience)
Total Hours16


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) in CAD Technology. 

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
CAD TEC 130 CAD Technology I 3
MATH 140
College Algebra
or Engineering & Industrial Technologies CWE
Semester 2
CAD TEC 170 CAD Technology II 3
Semester 3
CAD TEC 171 CAD Technology III 3
Semester 4
CAD TEC 172 CAD Technology IV 3
 Total Hours16

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