Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies

From concept to product launch - CAD is at the core.


100% online CAD degree now offered at MSC Southeast!

Complex products all start with a plan. By receiving a degree from Minnesota State College Southeast’s online CAD drafting program, you will learn how to translate ideas at the product conception stage into physical work plans that launch the design process. As a CAD designer, you will be an essential part of any technical team.

Employment opportunities in the CAD drafting field abound, and a degree from MSC Southeast’s online CAD drafting program will prepare you with the specific skills employers are looking for. Solidworks, Inventor, Google SketchUP, Autocad - they’re all here, and you’ll learn how to apply these industry-standard software programs on a project basis just as you will on the job.

Our highly experienced CAD drafting faculty will teach you the tools of the trade so that you can be successful in your career on day one. And with their industry connections, MSC Southeast instructors will help you find an internship to gain invaluable real-world experience.

Best Colleges Online SealHave a busy schedule or just like to work at your own pace? MSC Southeast’s online CAD drafting program is flexible enough to accommodate your busy lifestyle, but rigorous enough to ensure you develop the skills employers demand. Take the next step to achieve an online CAD degree, and put a new career in motion - apply today!

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies at MSC Southeast has been recognized by BestColleges.com as the Top 10 Best Online Computer Aided Drafting Program in 2017!

Major Offerings

  • Basic Drafting Technologies (CERT) View Classes
    Online - 16 cr
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies (AAS) View Classes
    Online - 60 cr

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies (DIP) View Classes
    Online - 33 cr

  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Technologies (CERT) View Classes
    Online - 9 cr

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Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Complete industry standard assembly drawings using 2d and 3d CAD.
  2. Complete industry standard part drawings using 2d and 3d CAD.
  3. Calculate mating part conditions to guarantee part fits.
  4. Define and apply proper design materials.
  5. Define and apply proper standard part vendors.
  6. Communicate verbally and in written forms.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies Job Placement: 93.8%

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Career Opportunities

  • Mechanical Designers
  • Plant Designers
  • Mechanical Drafters
  • CAD Technicians

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Courses are taught using state of the art CAD 3D Parametric software
  • Excellent training for self-starters
  • CAD Drafters/Designers are in constant demand
  • The courses are focused on developing your skills for employment
  • Instructors are licensed because of their experience in the drafting and design field
  • Excellent placement
  • Online CAD degree in two short years or less.


  • Jim Ziegler and Celeste Pronchinske combine for over thirty years of field and teaching experience in drafting and design.

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