Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)

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 MMCC with Eric... I greatly appreciate all the work and time Eric has invested into me to get me where I am today."
-Chris Carter, CAD Designer, HTI International, Grand Rapids
"The Computer Aided Drafting Program at MMCC put me on a path to a successful career and a lifetime of learning... Until I went through the drafting program at MMCC, 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 professors at MMCC. If it wasn't for them, I would probably still be flipping burgers."
-Bruce Vermillion, CAD Operator, Alro Steel, Clare, MI

Why Choose MMCC?

Results that work

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

And 94% of our CAD students have successfully completed the nationally recognized CSWA CAD Exam with an average performance passing score of 85%.

Instructors who work

Our instructors are CAD professionals who work in the field and bring real-world and relevant information to their classrooms. 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

Our students 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).

They bring their visions to life on our 3D printers and processing equipment. And they learn skills that set them apart as well-rounded industry professionals. These include technical sketching, visualization and blueprint reading, basic manual machine tool and CNC manufacturing, and technical applied mathematics.

Fast Career Entry

We offer two credentials to accommodate different goals. Our associate degree can be completed in less that two years when students attend full time. Our CAD certificate of achievement allows graduates to enter the workforce even faster.

Career Overview: What is CAD?

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 & 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.

These technical drawings 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/designers use their understanding of engineering and manufacturing theory and standards to draw the parts of a machine; they determine design elements, such as the numbers and kinds of fasteners needed to assemble the machine. Drafters/designers use technical handbooks, tables, calculators, and computers to complete their work.

Most drafters/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


Most of MMCC's graduates work in the mid-Michigan area. For those graduates with our associate degree, the average entry-level pay is $14.75/Hr.

Graduates who work in more metropolitan areas can expect higher starting wages.

See for yourself what MMCC's CAD program has to offer. Watch the short video below.

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