Seminole State College’s Centers of Construction and Interior Design in Florida is addressing the high demand for workers skilled in construction and design. The college offers an Associate in Science degree in the Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Program.
CAD Techs, who are trained in the program, use advanced computer programs to create 3D renderings of construction documents. This role is considered exciting as CAD Techs are part of the design team responsible for creating new buildings, homes, multifamily properties, and theme parks in Central Florida.
According to Cheryl Knodel, the Academic Dean for the Centers of Construction and Interior Design, the demand for CAD Techs is so high that they are unable to produce graduates fast enough to meet the industry’s needs. The demand extends not only to Central Florida but across the entire state.
The program offers a two-year degree as well as a two-year certification embedded within the four-year degrees in construction and interior design. Internships are built into the programs, allowing students to gain valuable work experience. In as little as a year, students can be workforce ready.
Starting salaries for CAD Techs can range from $60,000 to $70,000 per year. Due to the hands-on nature of the programs, in-person classes are required and these courses cannot be completed fully online.
Sources: Seminole State College Centers of Construction and Interior Design.