CADD / Pre-Engineering Technology

Last Updated: 3/4/2021 9:23 PM

Objective of Field

Provides a foundation to enter various fields of engineering, drafting, and architecture after additional post-secondary education or training.

Job Duties

  • Work in teams
  • Work independently
  • Computers
  • Inside work
  • Outside work

Certification Tests

  • National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) for Technical Drafting
  • Bloodborne and Airborne Pathogens
  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • OSHA 10hrs

Planned Courses

  • General Drafting
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Mechanical Drafting
  • Architectural Drafting
  • Electrical Drafting
  • Civil Drafting
  • Robotics and Material Handling
  • Machining Center (Computer Numeric Controlled Mill)
  • Turing Center (Computer Numeric Controlled Lathe)
  • Industrial Plastics
  • Quality Assurance
  • Machine Vision
  • Stereolithography
  • Applied Electrical Controls
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Programmable Controls
  • Fluid Systems
  • Motor Controls
  • Design System
  • Material Testing

Employment/Job Outlook

Overall, employment of all drafters is expected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. However, growth will vary by specialty.

Work from construction projects will likely continue to create demand for architectural and civil drafters, and because this work should be kept in the United States, employment is expected to grow by 3 percent, slower than average growth. Because new technology reduces costs, architectural and civil drafters who can master new software programs, such as BIM and PDM, also should find opportunities in various industries

Employment of mechanical drafters is expected to experience about as fast as average growth, and electronic and electrical drafters is expected to experience slower than average growth from 2010 to 2020. Most of these workers are employed in declining or slow-growing manufacturing industries, offering few opportunities for growth from industry expansion. Demand for mechanical, electrical and electronic drafters is expected to be notably high in engineering and drafting service firms because of more complex problems associated with new products and manufacturing processes.

Employment of civil engineers is expected to grow 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As infrastructure continues to age, civil engineers will be needed to manage projects, rebuild bridges, repair roads, and upgrade levees and dams.

Entry Level

2-Year Associates Degree

4-Year Bachelor’s Degree

Material Tester
Surveyor’s Assistant

CADD Technology
Civil Technology
Machine Drafting and Design

Construction Management

How to Find Out More

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Additional Info

Recommendations for Success

  • Excellent hand-eye coordination
  • Able to follow written and oral directions
  • Good attendance/homework completion
  • Accurate note taking
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Ability to work independently
  • Time management skills
  • Computer skills
  • Ethical
  • Communication skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Algebra
  • Basic computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Visual Communications I