AUTOCAD Degree - Online and Campus Programs

AutoCAD professionals are experts at using the 2D- and 3D-CAD software and principles. They translate that knowledge into design and drafting careers. Even working professionals in architecture, design, or construction take ongoing AutoCAD classes to stay current when designing industrial or manufacturing projects.
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  • Drafting Technology & Design (AS)

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Your creativity is a big part of who you are and where you're going. To take it, and your future, as far as you want, you need an education that's focused on developing your talents and putting you on the path toward the creative career that stirs your imagination.

Locations:  Henderson, NV
  • Drafting Technology - Associate in Specialized Technology

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Berks Technical Institute (BTI) has a history of helping students succeed through hands-on education and career training.  Our faculty and staff work to ensure that when you’ve completed your program, you’re truly ready to begin your career.

Locations:  Reading, PA
  • Computer - Aided Design and Drafting Specialist

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Get the real-world training you need to build a better career at CDI College. Choose from morning, afternoon and evening classes at one of many community-based locations across Canada.
Locations:  Richmond, BC Toronto, ON Burnaby, BC More...
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You may use your CAD training to work on:
  • Prototypes
  • Product design
  • Animation
  • Engineering documents

How to Prepare for a Career in AutoCAD

2D and 3D drafting principles, techniques, and software programs are essential skills to secure work at construction, design, engineering, or manufacturing companies. According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), you may need several years of hands-on experience as well as additional drafting and AutoCAD classes to qualify for advancement to chief designer, design department head, or another managerial role.

Education Requirements for AutoCAD Designers

The BLS reports employers favor designers and drafters who earn at least a bachelor's degree in industrial design, architecture, or engineering. Many working designers and engineers return to college or design school to earn a master's degree to advance in the field. If you didn't attend a four-year college, you can start by taking a year of basic art, design, or AutoCAD classes at a trade school or community college.

Salary Range and Job Outlook for AutoCAD careers

The BLS predicts a nine percent growth in jobs for commercial and industrial designers during the 2008-2018 decade. The median 2008 annual salary for designers was $57,350, rising to $97,770 at the top of the pay scale.