Computer Aided Design

Computer-Aided Design Program

Degree Options

Program Information

The Computer-Aided Design Technology Program at Kishwaukee College is best known for its reputation of placing students into a job market where there are more jobs than college graduates to fill them. Graduates are sought for their comprehensive knowledge base that includes contemporary CAD methods reinforced with traditional manual methods. CAD management skills are increasingly being emphasized.

Quality assurance research reveals course retention rates in the program average over 90%.

The program offers instruction in the most current releases of AutoCAD and Solidworks CAD software. Additionally, the program was the first in Illinois to utilize AutoCAD's "dwf" file format for on-line viewing of 2-D CAD drawings on the Internet.  Kishwaukee's CAD Technology Program has also experimented in Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) whereby 3-D CAD models are exported in "wrl" format for Internet viewing by commands such as global orbiting whereby the viewer can reposition them self anywhere around the model.

The Kishwaukee College CAD Technology Program has an outstanding curriculum with articulation agreements with most major state universities. Students should download syllabi from the departmental web site's syllabi page and ask the intended university of transfer for an evaluation BEFORE taking the course at Kishwaukee College.  Students who plan to attend 4 year colleges of architecture and engineering are increasingly expected to know CAD system operations before attendance.

The Kishwaukee College CAD Technology Program regularly offers online courses in both Descriptive Geometry and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing each year. Students in these courses may opt to attend every class session or complete the course entirely online. Additionally, students may complete these two courses by CAD or manual methods.

Career Cluster Architecture & Construction
This program is part of the Architecture & Construction Career Cluster.

High School Programs of Study guides

Occupational Information

Students are increasingly being encouraged to look at a future as technolgy instructors in secondary and post-secondary educational institutions due to a current teacher shortage that is getting worse in time. Program graduates in this geographic area are finding entry level employment opportunities with starting salaries between $28,000-38,000 per year which is close to predictions by

Program Cost

Additional Resources

CAD Advisory Committee
Program FAQ's
CAD Scholarship Application
Affiliated Organizations

Between the Lines-Program Newsletter

Contact Information

Mark Schwendau
815-825-2086, ext. 3480
Office: A1414