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Drafting + 3D Design

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Computer Aided Drafting

Manual drafting and computer aided drafting (CAD)  allows an individual to take an idea and transfer it to a drawing. This drawing is to be designed in a manner enabling another worker or workers to physically produce or construct the product.

In todays professional arena, a very high percentage of these drawings are produced on a computer (CAD). There are, however, some situations requiring drawings which are still being drawn with manual drafting tools.  If it wasn’t for this profession, products could not be manufactured or built.

The Drafting + 3D Design program at the Career Center is a two-year program offered to juniors and seniors.  Even though this course is designed around a two-year curriculum, sometimes students can only fit one year into their class schedule, and are welcome to attend. Students will learn the fundamentals of the design process used by architects and engineers and how drafting aids that process.  Students will have an opportunity to work independently, engage in team projects as well as collaborative projects with other programs within the Career Center.

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Mechanical Drafting Example

During the first year, the program focuses initially on sketching, manual drafting and AutoCAD.  Students will learn how to manually sketch and draft two and three-dimensional geometric shapes.  They will then move on to more complex drawings of houses, machine parts and other types of engineering and architectural designs. Students will learn computer aided drafting utilizing Sketch Up and AutoCAD software programs in additi8on to learning how to operate and utilize KACC's 3-D Printer.

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Architectural Drawing

Second-year students may choose to focus on either engineering or architecture.  They will have the opportunity to job shadow and intern with professionals in their field of interest.  Students will become more proficient in AutoCAD and will learn to use 3D software programs utilized by engineers (Solid Works) and architects (Revit). During the second year, use of the 3-D printer will be more intensive and geared toward problem solving, design of custom parts and assemblies, and printing more complex objects.

DUAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES: .  Students who successfully complete the first year may have an opportunity to earn 4 hours dual credit with Kankakee Community College for DRFT2114 – Computer Aided Drafting I.”  Students from Beecher High School and Crete Monee High School have an opportunity to earn 3 dual credit hours from Prairie State College for  CADMD 141: Technical Drafting and following the second year of this curriculum, earn an additional 3 credit hours for CADMD 243: Intro to AutoCAD.


When a student does well, the possibility of a rewarding career which utilizes drafting is great.  Most students who finish our program continue their education at a two or four-year college/university level.    There are positions available in the drafting arena for non-college educated students, but with a college education, the student can expect more job opportunities as well as a substantial wage increase.


Architect Draftsperson Landscape Architect Mechanical Engineer
Interior Designer Civil Engineer Surveyor Industrial Engineer


Ability to perceive details Ability to visualize objects from pictures
Good with numbers Attention to details
Ability to present concept to clients Creativity
Hard-working Sketching ability



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Kankakee Area Career Center4083 N 1000 W Road

PO Box 570Bourbonnais, IL 60914

815-939-4971Fax: 815-939-7598

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