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Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

Faculty/Advisor List:
Name E-mail Phone Number
Jake Gilly 276-523-2400, ext. 260

cad_img1Program requirements:
CAD Requirements and Curriculum [PDF]

Drafters make detailed drawings of buildings, products, and machinery from sketches and specifications conceived by engineers, architects and designers.

with local firms are available for students enrolled in MECC’s Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program.

cad_img3Your ability and willingness to work, coupled with a desire to continue training, will provide you with opportunities for advancement.

Employers want Computer-Aided Drafting and Design employees who:

  • Possess an interest in computer operations.
  • Possess an ability to become involved in complex and interesting CAD software programs.
  • Possess an ability to analyze a problem and logically design a solution.

Employment Outlook:

  • Employment availability is excellent.
  • Employment projections for the next ten years show a major increase due to highway construction and bridge building.
  • Employment may involve mechanical, civil, or architectural design.
  • Positions on survey crews or as inspectors for highway and bridge construction are additional employment opportunities.

Entry-level CAD operators can expect a beginning wage of $8.00 to $11.00 per hour, depending on location and the type of company. Median annual earnings are $31,000 to $56,000.

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Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton, a graduate of MECC’s Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Program, is a mapper at Tuck Engineering in Big Stone Gap, VA.


 Professional Organizations

You will find other MECC graduates at:
Appalachian Tech Services, Maxim Engineering, Thompson + Litton, Eastman Chemical Company, Tuck Mapping Solutions, Virginia Department of Transportation

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