Computer Aided Design and Drafting

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


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
  • Harris Corporation
  • 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.

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Certificate Program

Department:Engineering Technologies

School(s): Applied Sciences & Technologies; Business & Entrepreneurial Studies

MCC Program Code: MT02

The outcomes of this certificate program will prepare a student for employment in the field of Computer Aided Design and Drafting. The curriculum covers a broad base of current Computer Aided Design and Engineering skills necessary for success and productivity in modern industry. Course content covers basic geometric creation, geometric data management, communications, manufacturing process interfaces, rapid prototyping, 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
High school graduate or high school equivalency diploma, Elementary Algebra with Geometry or MTH 098 at MCC.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 13 Credit Hours
ENR 153 Mechanical Design and Prototyping 4
MET 101 Technical Graphics3
MTH 104 Intermediate Algebra 4
TEK 101 Computer Applications for Technicians2
SECOND SEMESTER: 12 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition

MET 122 Adv Solid Modeling using SolidWorks 3
MET 201 Designing for Materials, Manufacturing and Assembly 3
MET 202 Functional Design, Drafting and Analysis OR TECHNICAL ELECTIVE*3

*Technical Electives include: CIT 112; MET; TAM 151.
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