Computer Aided Design

Computer-Aided Design Program

Degree and Certificate 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 themself 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 department's Brightspace® course shells and ask the intended university of transfer for an evaluation BEFORE transfer from 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 (CAD221) and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (CAD231) 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

There is a shortage of CAD technologists in the country which is specifically noticeable in northern Illinois.  In the 2014-15 school year the Kishwaukee College CAD Technology Program received over 40 employer notifications of CAD job openings.  The program graduated 7 students to fill those locally available jobs within a 60 mile radius of the college.  The program's CAD graduates are now some of the highest paid graduates of the college with starting salaries in excess of $40,000.  This was determined in a five-year 2013 program review study for the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and remains true today.

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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