Architecture, Manufacturing & Automotive


If you enjoy building or repairing machines or other structures, figuring out how things work and solving hands-on mechanical problems, this pathway is for you. You can expect hands-on learning opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities, such as our automotive and welding labs, and fundamental classes that will prepare you for the workforce or transfer to a four-year school.

Some highlights include:

  • Labs equipped with the latest technology, such as 3D printers, robotic arms and more
  • Preparation for in-demand career fields like construction management and orthotics/prosthetics
  • Certificate programs to help you enter the workforce earlier

The architecture, manufacturing and automotive fields are a part of JJC's Technical Department - a grouping of programs that encompasses so much more, including HVAC, orthotics & prosthetics technology, operations engineering and much more.

Transfer to a Four-Year School

You can save thousands on your education by attending JJC your first two semesters compared to a four-year public or private institution.

Study Abroad

As a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), JJC offers many study abroad opportunities around the world for students of any major. Destinations include Japan, Costa Rica, England, France and more!

  • How to Study Abroad

    At JJC, you can choose to study abroad during the fall, spring or summer semesters. All students who want to study abroad should fill out an application and have it completed by the deadlines below.

    • Spring Program: October 15
    • Summer Program: February 15
    • Fall Program: May 15
       

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Careers

  • Architectural Drafters

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Architectural Drafters

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 13,982 1,660
    2020 14,195
    2021 14,352
    2022 14,475
    2023 14,565

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Architectural Drafters

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $40,500.91 $61,379.62
    25 $50,950.65
    50 $61,379.62
    75 $75,872.80
    90 $92,230.66

    Education Attainment Levels - Architectural Drafters

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.41
    A Certificate 0.91
    Some College 0.41
    An Associate Degree 17.85
    A Bachelor's Degree 54.59
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 25.84
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Electromechanical Engineering Technologists

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Electromechanical Engineering Technologists

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 12,361 1,333
    2020 12,485
    2021 12,564
    2022 12,619
    2023 12,658

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Electromechanical Engineering Technologists

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $39,544.61 $68,006.63
    25 $52,663.79
    50 $68,006.63
    75 $88,058.44
    90 $106,819.18

    Education Attainment Levels - Electromechanical Engineering Technologists

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00
    A Certificate 22.42
    Some College 10.72
    An Associate Degree 8.72
    A Bachelor's Degree 58.14
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 12,361 1,333
    2020 12,485
    2021 12,564
    2022 12,619
    2023 12,658

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $39,544.61 $68,006.63
    25 $52,663.79
    50 $68,006.63
    75 $88,058.44
    90 $106,819.18

    Education Attainment Levels - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 9.09
    A Certificate 0.00
    Some College 4.55
    An Associate Degree 40.91
    A Bachelor's Degree 36.36
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 4.55
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 4.55
  • Automotive Specialty Technicians

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Automotive Specialty Technicians

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 85,568 8,834
    2020 85,887
    2021 86,097
    2022 86,232
    2023 86,304

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Automotive Specialty Technicians

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $23,538.01 $42,879.22
    25 $31,208.32
    50 $42,879.22
    75 $58,089.73
    90 $79,032.28

    Education Attainment Levels - Automotive Specialty Technicians

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 43.03
    A Certificate 48.69
    Some College 2.26
    An Associate Degree 6.02
    A Bachelor's Degree 0.00
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 32,551 4,116
    2020 33,069
    2021 33,461
    2022 33,758
    2023 33,982

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $27,499.43 $43,615.96
    25 $33,874.97
    50 $43,615.96
    75 $57,895.95
    90 $75,966.24

    Education Attainment Levels - Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 45.47
    A Certificate 41.32
    Some College 13.17
    An Associate Degree 0.05
    A Bachelor's Degree 0.00
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00