Computer-Aided Drafting

The Computer-Aided Drafting Program develops the skills that will prepare students for employment as drafters. The houses we live in, the buildings we work in, the cars we drive, or the roads we drive on, all started as concepts or ideas. The role of the computer-aided drafter is to communicate by way of pictorial drawings the concepts and ideas of engineers and architects. 

The CAD program is Curriculum Certified through the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA). This certification provides recognition in the areas of design drafting and signifies to employers that the SWIC CAD program meets the standards established and approved by the international organization for designers, drafters, architects, illustrators and technical artists.

For more information about the CAD program, please contact Program Coordinator Shauna Scribner, Ph.D., CMfgT, CD, at 
618-235-2700, ext. 5376 or  

Back to Top Certified Drafter Exam

Students who complete the first three drafting courses in the program (CAD 120-Introductory CAD, CAD 101-Basic Drafting, and CAD 102-Intermediate Drafting) are encouraged to complete the Certified Drafter exam. 

Professional certification through the ADDA allows drafters to show their knowledge in drafting concepts and nationally recognized standards and practices. Becoming a Certified Drafter enhances credibility as a professional and gives a competitive edge in the work force. ADDA membership is not required in order to take the test or become a Certified Drafter. For more information about ADDA, visit

Back to Top Career Opportunities

More than 90 percent of the SWIC Computer-Aided Drafting graduates find drafting technology jobs with careers such as: 

  • Junior Drafter + an entry level position
  • Drafting Technician + with education and experience
  • Design Drafter + with advanced education and experience

SWIC graduates pursue a range of drafting fields from manufacturing, architectural, to civil, to E and I, to pipe, to structural drafting, to surveying. SWIC graduates are employed by companies and agencies such as Anheuser-Busch, GE-Power, Monsanto, Sverdrup Corporation, Illinois Department of Transportation and Ameren.