Students with a background in computer-aided design can be prepared to start careers as mechanical or draft designers, CAD operators or technical illustrators. From there, they can expect to advance to careers in a number of industries including architecture, graphic and engineering design, aerospace, and even landscape architecture or jewelry design. NCC provides the tools needed for career success by offering a curriculum that utilizes the latest software and technology. Students are guided through problem-solving activities and design projects that promote individual and team effort, as well as creativity.
Like other workers who primarily use computers to do their work, drafters usually work indoors and full time, although overtime is not uncommon. A drafter or designer's main duty is to take care of a company's product development needs. He or she will mainly be responsible for the creation and improvement of assembly drawings, subassembly and component design, detail drawings, etc. A mechanical designer must work in harmony with product development engineers in performing tasks such as making the necessary changes in design or drawings, or engaging in meetings that focus on design reviews.