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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Technologies - Certificate

Career Area: Engineering, Manufacturing & Trades
Program: Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies
Campus(es): Online

MSC Southeast's 100% online CAD program attracts students from all around the world.

Complex products all start with a plan. By starting your education with a certificate in Computer Aided Drafting Technologies from Minnesota State College Southeast, 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.

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. You'll learn how to apply Solidworks and AutoCAD, industry-standard software programs, on a project basis just as you will on the job.

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 earn an online CAD certificate, and put a new career in motion.

Top ranked program

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies at MSC Southeast has been recognized by as the nation's #4 Best Online Computer Aided Drafting Associate Degree in 2019.

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Career Field: Engineering, Manufacturing & Technology
Cluster: Manufacturing
Pathway: Manufacturing Production Process Development
Recommended high school classes and basic job/program skills

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1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

0 crs
Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives)
Choose one or more Technical electives.
3 cr
AutoCAD is the most common computer aided drafting software. This course will cover AutoCAD functions as used in engineering drawing. Basic and advanced commands will be used to complete assignments. An introduction to 3-D CAD will be included. (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
This course covers the fundamentals of Solidworks parametric drawing and design. The student will use Solidworks to create 3D parametric models as well as use these models to create engineering drawings and documentation. (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
9 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 9 Credits

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$1,976
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Estimated Total:$2,276


Career Opportunities

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

Career Information


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.


  • 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.


James Ziegler
Jim Ziegler is a Mechanical Drafting graduate of Western Technical College (formerly WWTI). He is also holds a B.S. degree from UW-Stout in Vocational and Adult Education. Jim has more than 10 years of experience in the mechanical design field. His varied experience includes mechanical design work in mobile hydraulics, large scale decorative lighting projects, and contract drafting and design. Jim has been an instructor at MSC Southeast for many years, including more than 7 years as an online CAD instructor.




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