Mechanical Cadd

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

Design A Great Career In Any Business Sector

Computer-aided design has come a long way in 60 years. Today, industrial designers use powerful desktop computers to generate three-view drawings and create 3D prototypes and models. They save their files on the cloud, then share them on their smartphones. With a computer-aided design and drafting certificate from Monroe Community College, you can join this exciting new world.

Computer-aided design and drafting, or CADD, plays a vital role in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Architecture
  • Automotive
  • Civil engineering
  • Interior design
  • Landscaping
  • Movie animation
  • Robotics

In only one year, you’ll be ready to apply your skills at many entry-level positions. You could have one of these job titles:

  • Commercial designer
  • Industrial designer
  • Mechanical drafter
  • Architectural drafter
  • Civil drafter
  • Draftsperson
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School of Applied Sciences & TechnologiesThe School of Applied Sciences & Technologies offers credit and noncredit options that prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing, engineering and applied technologies, information technology and computer science, emergency services and culinary arts and hospitality.


The computer-aided design and drafting certificate from Monroe Community College will prepare your for entry-level employment in the dynamic CADD field. You’ll learn the fundamentals of:

  • Geometric creation
  • Geometric data management
  • Manufacturing process interfaces
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Design optimization
  • Design analysis

All of our CADD courses meet national standards for drafting and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GDT). Our instructors will prepare you well for modern manufacturing and assembly processes.

After earning your certificate, you could start your career at employers like these:

  • Exelis Geospatial Systems
  • Bosch Security Systems
  • Ultralife Corporation
  • L3Harris Technologies
  • KCI Technologies

To find out more about the computer-aided design and drafting certificate from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at or (585) 292-2200.


Certificate Program

Department:Engineering Technologies

School(s): Applied Sciences & Technologies

MCC Program Code: MT02

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

This program's design is based on: New MCC General Education

The outcomes of this certificate program will prepare students for employment in the field of Mechanical Computer Aided Design and Drafting. The curriculum covers a broad base of current Computer Aided Design, Basic Applied Manufacturing and Engineering skills necessary for success and productivity in modern industry. Course content covers basic geometric creation, metrology, geometric data management, technical math, communications, manufacturing process interfaces, design optimization and design analysis. (Housed in the Engineering Technologies Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Generate 3-view drawings and pictorial sketches
2) Interpret fully-dimensioned drawings
3) Design and create their own drawings using AutoCAD software
4) Create a prototype using a 3D printer
5) Demonstrate competence in material selection and design optimization techniques necessary for today’s modern manufacturing and assembly processes
6) Apply Computer Aided Design tools to analyze the functional parameters of parts and assemblies.
7) Communicate ideas in a graphical format with the understanding and use of a 2D and 3D CAD program (AutoCAD)
8) Create 3D models that emphasize important design principles, which may include: design intent, proper dimensioning, tolerancing, multiple configurations and relations with proper 2D orthographic projections

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Requirements for Program Entrance
Required High School Courses (Admissions Requirement): MTH 150-ready and TRS 200-ready.

Recommended High School Courses: Elementary algebra and some high school geometry preferred. Auto CADD and Technology courses are also highly desired.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 16-18 Credit Hours
MET 101 Technical Graphics 3
MET 103 Manufacturing Processes I OR TAM 141 Machine Shop Laboratory 2-3
MET 121 Computer Aided Drafting/Design - Solid Modeling 3
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics OR HIGHER (*1) 3-4
TEK 101 Computer Applications for Technicians2
TEK 145 Career Communications OR ENG 101 College Composition OR ENG 200 Advanced Composition 3
SECOND SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
ELT 130 System Electricity 3
MET 122 Adv Solid Modeling using SolidWorks 3
MET 135 Measurement and Analysis OR TAM 138 Dimensional Metrology OR MET 206 Engineering Materials 3
MET 201 Designing for Materials, Manufacturing and Assembly 3
MTH 152 Survey of Mathematics for Technicians OR HIGHER (*2)4
(*1) Students who are not MTH 150 ready should take TRS 094 before their first semester at MCC or plan to spend one to two additional semesters at MCC to complete their credential(s). Students intending to transfer directly to a four year school after graduating from MCC should take MTH 175 or higher. Students who are not MTH 175 ready should take MTH 164/165 before their first semester at MCC. Students who are not MTH 165 ready should take MTH 104 before their first semester at MCC. Students who are not MTH 104 ready should take MTH 150 or MTH 152 as appropriate to their math placement level.
(*2) Students intending to transfer directly to a SUNY Applied Engineering Technology program after graduating from MCC may take MTH 200 if they have completed MTH 175. Students intending to transfer directly to a SUNY Engineering program or to RIT should take MTH 210 or higher if they have completed MTH 175.