Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) is a rapidly changing field, with innovations like 3D printing and advanced manufacturing requiring ever more precise drawings and instructions. Students in the CADD program at Clatsop Community College learn the latest in 2D and 3D modeling as well as the skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
Our students build from a foundation of artistic design and creation while mastering the dimensioning and measurement systems that make up CADD. They also study computer graphics, meaning that they learn far more than just drafting. CADD students work on real-world examples, with projects including 3D renderings of Astoria's downtown, proposals for new buildings, and digital documentation of the historical fishing vessels of the Columbia River. The CADD program has recently added a 3D printer, allowing students to create physical objects from their computer drawings.
Students interested in careers in any high-tech field would benefit from including classes from Clatsop Community College's CADD program in their educational roadmap. Average wages for entry level employment in CADD vary depending on location. Statewide, they range from $15 to $30 per hour.
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