Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)

You are a creative thinker who is interested in putting your creativity to practical use, and a critical thinker who can design solutions or make improvements.

Drafters & Designers prepare technical drawings and blueprints, which are used by manufacturing, production, and construction workers to build everything from machine parts, automotive components, and buildings. Most often, CADD professionals use computer modeling software to prepare 3D designs.

Over 90% of Mid’s CADD graduates have transferred successfully or become full-time CAD Designers.

Take it from our program graduates, our CAD program works!

"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

See for yourself what Mid's CADD Program has to offer...

Why Choose Mid Michigan College?

Results that Work

To date, 91% of students who have successfully completed the AAS Degree in Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) Technology at Mid have been hired as full-time professional CAD Designers or have transferred to a 4-year university to pursue a related degree/career.

94% of Mid's CADD students have successfully completed the nationally recognized CSWA CAD Exam with an average passing score of 85%.

Instructors who Work

Our instructors are CAD professionals who work in the field and bring real-world, relevant information into the classroom. Because of their local connections, our instructors build relationships with area employers and assist our 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 that they teach.

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 on Mid's 3D printers and processing equipment, and learn skills that set you apart as well-rounded industry professionals including technical sketching, visualization and blueprint reading, basic manual machine tool and 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 less than two years when you attend full-time, and the CADD certificate of achievement allows graduates to enter the workforce even faster.


Our graduates are prepared to work in the field of drafting and design as Drafters, Industrial Design Technicians, Product Designers, CAD Designers, CAD Detailers.

Drafters and designers prepare technical drawings and blueprints, which provide visual guidelines and show how to construct a product or structure. Drawings include technical details and specify dimensions, materials, and procedures as well as material analysis.

Drafters and designers use their understanding of engineering and manufacturing theory and standards to draw the parts of a machine, and determine design elements, such as the quantity and kinds of fasteners needed to assemble the machine. Drafters & Designers use technical handbooks, tables, calculators, and computers to complete their work.

Most drafters and designers use Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CAD) systems to prepare drawings. Consequently, some drafters may be referred to as CAD Operators. With CAD systems, drafters can create and store drawings electronically so that they can be viewed, printed, or programmed directly into automated manufacturing systems.

CAD systems also permit drafters to quickly prepare variations of a design. Although drafters use CAD extensively, they still need knowledge of traditional drafting techniques such as sketching and visualization in order to fully understand and explain concepts.

Job/Career Outlook

Earnings Median Pay $26.04/hour or $54,170/year

Employment Outlook (2016-2026) 7% (as fast as average)

Most of Mid's graduates work in the mid-Michigan area. For those graduates with our associate degree, the average entry-level pay is $14.75/hour. Graduates who work in more metropolitan areas can expect higher starting wages.

*Information from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017 figures.

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