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Demand rising for CAD grads

May 2018 graduate Gerald Savage, of La Salle, took computer-aided design classes at Illinois Valley Community College to prepare for a career as an industrial electrician.
May 2018 graduate Gerald Savage, of La Salle, took computer-aided design classes at Illinois Valley Community College to prepare for a career as an industrial electrician.

Robust demand for computer-aided design (CAD) technicians has led to enhanced opportunities for Illinois Valley Community College students to enter a career featuring 3-D modeling and much more.

“The need for drafters, sometimes called detailers, designers or CAD technicians, has intensified,” said Dorene Data, IVCC CAD instructor and program coordinator, in a press release.

“Our graduates are easily employed locally. In fact, most employers are having a hard time filling positions,” she added.

And draftsmen can expect career growth within a company.

“Most times, although their main job might be drafting technical drawings, they usually become an integral part of a company’s design team. They often have many other duties besides drafting,” said Data.

Engineers, manufacturing personnel, electricians and welders also benefit from learning CAD.

Data recommends students start with Computer Aided Drafting I-AutoCAD (CAD1200-01), 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Aug. 15 or an evening version of the class (CAD1200-300) meeting 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Aug. 16.

Additional offerings include Computer Aided Design I, which includes 3-D modeling and 3-D printing. CAD 2200-01 meets 1 to 2:50 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Aug. 15. There are no prerequisites for the beginning drafting or design courses.

Drafters use software to convert engineering and architectural designs into technical drawings; most specialize in architectural, civil, electrical or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

For information, contact Data at Dorene_data@ivcc.edu.

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