AutoCAD is design software that helps designers visualize their layouts before starting production. AutoCAD drafters design digital plans that turn into real-world objects and utilities such as buildings, printer circuit boards, plastic parts for 3D printing, and blueprints. Both 2D or 3D models can be rendered by users on their computers to streamline the first steps of design, layout, and planning.
AutoCAD courses teach students how to take the basic components of a design and craft something that can be used on a jobsite. The software is essential for architects, engineers, and graphic designers to assist in the visualization of projects still in early stages. Programs in 3D modeling, design sketches, technical report writing, and technical packages are standard AutoCAD courses.
The average AutoCAD drafter in Canada earns $42,900 per year. Starting salaries come in closer to $39,400 per year, while more experienced drafters can earn up to $59,300 just a few years into their careers.