IVCC Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Lab Received New Computers


The Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Lab at Illinois Valley Community College received 21 new Dell Alienware computers, that can speedily handle complex software. The fast processors guarantee access to files quickly and with smooth navigation through industry-standard software programs, such as AutoCAD and SoliWorks. CAD designers, known as detailers, sketch everything from simple parts to complex buildings to small electronic components to artificial human body organs. “Anything that gets made begins with a drawing,” said Program Director Dorene Data.

“There are no limits to how far can you go in this field,” she added. Students graduate from the CAD program with a working knowledge of project management and CAD applications in mechanical, architectural, and civil/structural fields.

“Jobs are readily available in civil engineering, architecture, electrical engineering, water treatment, and building industries,” Data said.

Local employers include the Illinois Department of Transportation, American Buildings, CSC, HCC, Flink, Vactor, Pantrol, BMF Cookie and Cracker Machinery, Aqua-Aerobic Systems, and design and engineering firms. Artists have also embraced design software.

IVCC students can earn a Basic CAD certificate in two semesters, a Mechanical/Electrical CAD and/or Architectural/Civil CAD certificate in three semesters, or pursue an Associate in Applied Science degree. Through a partnership with Northern Illinois University, they can complete a bachelor’s degree while spending three years in the IVCC program and completing the final year at NIU in online or in-person classes.

Computer designs come to life under 3D printers used in the lab and are exhibited to the public through activities such as the annual Edible Car Contest and the MIMIC (Making Industry Meaningful in College) Fair. The lab also is open to potential designers from grade and high schools through summer camps.

This spring, beginning CAD (CAD1200-300 and CAD1200-100) classes are available as evening classes and online.

For more information on the CAD program, contact Data at [email protected] or visit the web page https://www.ivcc.edu/programsbyareaofstudy/computeraidedengineeringanddesign.php

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