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Architectural CAD Schools and Programs

A Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Program focusing on Architectural Drafting furnishes the skills necessary to become a skilled CAD operator with possibility for success in many careers. Such options include positions working as CAD operators, architectural CAD technicians, engineering CAD technicians, architectural draft persons, and engineering draft persons.  This is typically a two year, associate's program.

Some CAD programs, like the ITT Technical Institute Computer Drafting and Design program, provide curriculum designed to help students enter the workplace as a versatile draftsperson able to make basic design decisions and capable of meeting the challenges of future technological advances in the drafting and design (CAD) profession. Graduates from programs like these may begin their careers in a variety of entry-level positions in various fields involving drafting and design, some of which include mechanical drafting, piping drafting, architectural and construction drafting, civil drafting, interior design, illustration and design detailing.

Architectural Drafter Salary Information:

  • Entry level pay average: $37,000
  • Experienced pay range: $40,000 to $50,000
  • Top level pay range: $65,000+

Architectural Drafter Job Outlook:

This is an undoubtedly growing job field, and major growth is predicted for drafters and technicians with CAD skills through 2010.

Schools to consider: