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CAD Graduate & Employment Info


of Mid CAD students have successfully completed the CSWA Exam with an average passing score of 85%.


of Mid CAD students that have taken/passed the CSWA have either been hired as a professional CAD/Designer or have continued their Design/Engineering education at a four-year college or university.


of students who have successfully completed the Associate Degree in Applied Science: Computer Aided Drafting & Design Technology pathway at Mid have been hired as a full-time professional CAD Designers or have transferred to another four-year college or university to pursue a related degree/career.

Near the end of the Associate Degree Pathway students are required to take two capstone courses DRF 280 and DRF 250.

DRF 280

DRF 280 is a course where students who are nearing graduation prepare and take a nationally recognized SolidWorks CAD certification exam. This Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) exam challenges students to complete a three-hour CAD performance exam that, if successful, nationally certifies them as a CAD Designer in SolidWorks.

Certified SolidWorks Associate Exam (CSWA)

As a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA), you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market. CSWA certification is proof of your SolidWorks® expertise with cutting-edge skills that businesses seek out and reward. CSWA certifications are recognized locally, state-wide, nationally, and globally in the Drafting & Design Industry as valid proof of CAD/Design skills that are required to enter the professional job world.

The CSWA Exam is required for all Mid student graduates of the Associate Degree in Applied Science: Computer Aided Drafting & Design Technology Pathway. This degree was first offered at Mid in Fall 2011.

DRF 250

DRF 250 is an internship/co-op course where students who are nearing graduation are placed in a local part-time position as a CAD Designer or related position. During this course students learn required professional skills on-the-job as those skills relate to Computer Aided Drafting & Design Technology. In addition, many students, after successfully completing their internship, are hired full-time at the company that hosted their internship.

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