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Associate of Applied Science

CAD and Design Technology

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The CAD and Design Technology program prepares you for a position as a designer.

In this program, you will:

  • Develop skills in technical drafting, descriptive geometry, and computer-aided drawing techniques
  • Focus on total design, along with communication/integration of designing related parts or components
  • Gain hands-on training through an internship or cooperative education experience

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Career Facts

  • The average annual wage for Commercial and Industrial Designers is $61,400.
  • With increasing demand for new or upgraded products, employment in this field is expected to grow 9 percent between 2008 and 2018, about as fast as the average.
  • CAD Designers may work for manufacturers, large corporations, design firms, or may be employed under a contract to do specific tasks or designs. Those who work in larger organizations usually have standard hours. Those in smaller firms or under contract often adjust their workday to meet client schedules and deadlines.
  • Experienced designers in large firms may advance to chief designer or another management position. Others open their own design firms, consult privately, or leave the business world to become teachers.
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