Computer-Aided Design


The main purpose of the design process is to create sets of drawings that provide all the information required to build and assemble mechanical parts and buildings. The design process often requires that computer simulations and functional models called prototypes to be developed to ensure that the mechanical parts and assemblies function correctly. Building designs also require photo-realistic computer renderings and computer animations that show the clients how the building will look after they are built. This process requires Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technicians to understand the design process as well as be capable of using sophisticated computer software such as 2-dimensional Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and 3-dimensional modeling software.

This certificate is designed to be used as an option within the Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree, or it can be used to easily go along with other certificates to build an Associate in General Technology degree specific to the student and potential employer’s needs.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

Certificate curricula are reviewed and updated periodically in response to community and industry demands. The student is cautioned to discuss certificate choices and course selections with an academic and career advisor before each registration cycle.

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(6 Credit Hours)
MAT-110 College Algebra

College Algebra

ID: MAT-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; simple linear programming; solutions of higher degree polynomials; combinatorial algebra, including the binomial theorem; and introduction to probability.

EGT-106 Print Reading and Sketching

Print Reading and Sketching

ID: EGT-106

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the interpretation of basic engineering drawings and sketching techniques for making multi-view pictorial representations. This course also includes an introduction to engineering technology, and an introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Semester 2
(9 Credit Hours)
EGT-245 Principles of Parametric CAD

Principles of Parametric CAD

ID: EGT-245

Credit Hours: 3

This course is the study of 3D product and machine design utilizing state-of-the-art parametric design software.

EGT-156 Intermediate Cad Applications

Intermediate Cad Applications

ID: EGT-156

Credit Hours: 3

This course builds on the fundamentals of computer-aided drafting and includes such concepts as 3D modeling and user interface customization. This course also provides the foundation for advanced computer-aided drafting concepts and applications.

EGT-258 Applications of CAD

Applications of CAD

ID: EGT-258

Credit Hours: 3

This course is the study of the use of CAD within the different drafting and design fields. Students will complete CAD projects for various fields which may include architectural, civil, mechanical, HVAC, and electrical.

Semester 3
(7 Credit Hours)
EGT-256 Modeling Mechanical Systems

Modeling Mechanical Systems

ID: EGT-256

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes 3D modeling of mechanical systems in residential structures using applicable software.

EGT-285 Integrated Rapid Prototyping Application

Integrated Rapid Prototyping Application

ID: EGT-285

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes generating a prototype for a real-world problem utilizing 3-D modeling and rapid prototyping technologies.

MET-240 Mechanical Senior Project

Mechanical Senior Project

ID: MET-240

Credit Hours: 1

This course includes investigations and/or advanced study in an area of specialization approved by the instructor.

  Total Credit Hours 22
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
Not including fees and equipment



Use CAD software, such as AutoCAD, Inventor, and Solidworks, to convert designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings.

Projected Job Growth


Average Annual Salary

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Government Agencies
  • Large Corporations

What’s next after I complete this program?

Go straight to the workforce

Graduates of this certificate can immediately enter the workforce, getting jobs as drafters or technicians.

Associates in Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology at MTC

Graduates of this certificate can take additional coursework in general education areas, as well as specialized coursework in the area of mechanical engineering technology to complete an associate’s degree.

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Academic programs count as academic credit for a certificate, diploma or degree and may transfer toward future academic endeavors at four-year colleges and universities.
Training programs can be completed in a matter of weeks or months, are focused on career training, and provide credentials and certificates needed in the specific fields of study. Coursework does not transfer.
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