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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)

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 CADD 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.

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 CADD 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 and SoftPlan, 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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Take it from our graduates, Mid's CADD 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


2-Year Associate Degree

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

1-Year Certificate

Mid's CADD Certificate allows you to build entry-level skills so you can enter the workforce quickly. This 1-year 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.

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.

Career Outlook

As a Mid graduate, you'll be prepared to work in the field of drafting and design as a Drafter, Industrial Design Technician, Product Designer, CAD Designer, and more.

Drafters and designers prepare technical drawings and blueprints, which provide visual guidelines on 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 project.

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 electronically so that they can be viewed, printed, or programmed directly into automated manufacturing systems. Consequently, some drafters may be referred to as CAD Operators. 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.


Median Pay $27.32/hour | $56,830/year | 0% Growth

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.

Data sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and valid 2018 through 2028.

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