Computer Programming

Computer-Aided Design
Jason Bohn
Period 4
Mrs. Drake


Computer aided design (CAD) is the use of computer programs and systems to design detailed two- or three-dimensional models of physical objects, such as mechanical parts, buildings, and molecules.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the employment outlook for drafters and designers will grow slower than average through 2012.   The best opportunities will only be available to those who have experience and skills.   Many companies in the future will feel pressures to increase productivity in design and manufacturing activities, and CAD technology provides some of the best opportunities to improve productivity
In 2002, the U.S. Department of Labor reports the average wage for drafters and designers was $37,300.   The lowest 10 percent made less than $24,570 annually, while the highest paid 10 percent made more than $56,620 annually.   With two to four years experience, the average wage was $40,018 annually.   Salaries vary widely depending on location, job requirements, and training needed for the specific job.   Benefits may include insurance, paid vacations and holidays, and sometimes stock-purchase plans.
Working Conditions
Computer engineers can work anywhere there are computers. They usually work 40-hour weeks, but can work longer hours on special jobs or projects with deadlines. Computer engineers often work with teams of other engineers or scientists. The computer engineer will work as part of a team helping to solve technical problems and pass that information on to other software engineers who are working on the project.

To become a computer engineer, you will typically require a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering, computer science or electrical engineering.
Computer engineers are responsible for designing, developing, implementing and testing computer-based hardware and software,...