Computer Aided Drafting & Design Technology

You are a creative thinker who is interested in putting your creativity to practical use, designing solutions and making improvements.

Drafters & Designers prepare technical drawings and blueprints using computer modeling software, which are used by manufacturing, production, and construction workers to build everything from machine parts, automotive components, and buildings.

Mid's CAD Program offers flexible scheduling with online courses and open labs, including state-of-the-art 3D printing technology prototyping labs. The Program also transfers seamlessly to nearby universities for those students interested in pursuing advanced degrees.

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New Industry Partner Provides Cutting Edge Equipment!

Lyseon Additive Manufacturing has been a leader in the additive manufacturing sector since its inception in 2014. Lyseon has partnered with Mid Michigan College to provide our students access to cutting-edge technology, allowing them to gain valuable experience in 3D printing and better prepare them as potential employees.

This cutting-edge equipment also provides a unique opportunity for local businesses to collaborate and partner with Mid and Lyseon on 3D printing projects–from prototyping to materials testing, and provides an opportunity for Lyseon to implement their strategic initiative to pursue growth opportunities in the mid-Michigan region with the eventual goal of expanding their operations in the area.

CAD Programs, Pathways, & Certifications


2-Year Associate Degree

From basic skills to specialized systems, Mid's CAD Associate Degree allows you to gain employable, hands-on skills alongside a well-rounded base of knowledge.

1-Year Training Credential

Mid's CAD Training Credential allows you to build entry-level skills so you can enter the workforce quickly. This 1-year training credential ladders into the 2-year associate degree.

Industry-Recognized Certifications

You may be wondering how employers will know what skills you've mastered by completing your degree at Mid. To highlight these skills, Mid has partnered with a variety of organizations to award industry-recognized skill certifications. Industry-recognized certifications provide a return on your education investment through hands-on training using state of the art tools and equipment. These certifications are earned in addition to your Mid credential and increase your employment potential.

CADD Industry-Recognized Certifications

    • Standing out among SOLIDWORKS users from around the world can be challenging. Earning SOLIDWORKS Certification can help you get a job, keep a job, or possibly move up in your current job.
    • Additive plays a key role across industries, but there is a widening gap between the technology and the number of skilled workers who can drive it. Be completing this certification, you'll be prepared for the work of tomorrow by gaining skills in additive manufacturing technologies and applications like FDM and PolyJet materials, key technology specifications, design considerations from CAD to CAM, fabrication considerations, and post-processing methods.

Why Choose Mid?

Instructors who Work

Our instructors are CAD professionals who work in the field and incorporate real-world, relevant information into your CAD education. Because of their local connections, our instructors build relationships with area employers and assist graduates in finding meaningful jobs. That's because our instructors really care--not only about their industry but about the future of that industry, which lies in the students like you.

Skills that Work

Learn in hands-on labs and become fluent in the most significant software programs for the field: AutoCAD (2D mechanical drafting), SolidWorks (3D mechanical drafting/design), and SoftPlan (2D & 3D architectural drafting/design). Bring your vision to life with Mid's 3D printers and processing equipment, and learn skills that set you apart as a well-rounded industry professional including technical sketching, visualization, blueprint reading, basic manual machine tool, CNC manufacturing, and technical applied mathematics.

Fast Career Entry

Mid offers two credentials to accommodate different goals. The associate degree pathway can be completed in two years when you attend full-time, and the certificate allows you to enter the workforce even faster.

Research Careers

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Research Computer Assisted and Drafting-related careers


New 3D Printing Industry-Recognized Certification!

The College has partnered with Stratasys, a global leader in 3D printing technology, and is now able to offer two new courses and a nationwide industry-recognized certification in professional 3D printing and additive manufacturing. This certification is available to those students who complete the CADD associate degree pathway. This certification will give graduates a competitive-edge in the employment market and essential skills that are relevant to the future of the industry. In addition, current CADD professionals in the area can complete the new courses and earn the certification as well.

Student Success

  • 94% of students have successfully completed the CSWA Exam with an average passing score of 85%.
  • 92% of students that have successfully completed the CSWA have either been hired as a professional CAD Designer or have continued their education at a four-year college or university.
  • 91% of students who have successfully completed the CAD Associate Degree Pathway have been hired as full-time professional CAD Designers or have transferred to a four-year college or university to pursue advanced degrees.
Industry-Recognized Certifications from respected companies, like SolidWorks, SoftPlan, and Stratsys, increases your employment potential by clearly demonstrating to employers the skills you have mastered. Learn more about these skill certifications below.
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CAD Student Success Stories

Take it from our graduates, Mid's CAD Program works!

"I recently completed the CAD Program and moved to San Diego, CA. I found a job working with Solidworks within a month of arriving at Lyon Technologies who makes veterinary equipment and products for the poultry industry. I just recently got a design through the prototyping phase and into production with a little help on the electronics part from another engineer. It's an egg candler, which allows bird breeders to check the viability of a bird egg, and see the embryo's development. The stuff that I learned in the CAD Program definitely made this all possible!"
- Matt Hamlin
"I was recently informed that I was approved to become a salary employee, rather than an hourly one, here at JD Metalworks. As a result, my yearly salary increased from about 32K a year, to 40K a year! This is an incredible milestone in my career, and I wanted to thank you again because this would've never been possible without the Mid Michigan College and the CAD Program."
-Ryan Livingston
"If you have an interest in 'how things work' or just have a passion for designing new things, I highly recommend the CAD degree at Mid with Eric... I greatly appreciate all the work and time Eric has invested in me to get me where I am today."
- Chris Carter, CAD Designer, HTI International, Grand Rapids
"The Computer Aided Drafting Program at Mid put me on a path to a successful career and a lifetime of learning... Until I went through the drafting program at Mid, I never thought I would be a Mechanical Engineer. Now I couldn't imagine a career that would fit me better."
-Eric Demerath, CAD Designer, JD Metalworks, Clare, MI
"It is amazing to think I was working as a cook and had little experience in the field, and now I am working with complex machines in my career field and making great money. Thanks all go to Eric Sander and the other instructors at Mid. If it wasn't for them, I would probably still be flipping burgers."
-Bruce Vermillion, CAD Operator, Alro Steel, Clare, MI
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