Mechanical Design & Manufacturing Certificate for Continuing Students

Computer Aided Mechanical Design

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

The Computer-Aided Design Manufacturing advanced certificate at SCTCC lets students expand their computer-aided design (CAD) or computer numerical control (CNC) knowledge.

Our program is designed as the second step in your academic career. To qualify for our Computer-Aided Design Manufacturing degree, students must have already received a degree from either the CNC and Advanced Machining or Computer-Aided Mechanical Design programs with at least a 3.0 GPA and instructor approval.

In the career of Computer-Aided Design Manufacturing, students will be at the beginning stages of product creation with preliminary designs and checking component functionality. Our graduates can even add enhancements to existing products such as ATV/snowmobile-design and manufacturing, aftermarket equipment for automobiles and trucks, medical equipment heavy equipment, sporting goods, and many others.

Computer-Aided Design Manufacturing is a growing industry that is in high-demand. There are many employment opportunities within the career field, so every student is certain to find the path right for them.

Placement rate from self-reported data of employment in field of study up to one year post graduation.

2021 Placement
Central MN Median Wage

Wage data is from Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

From Degree to Career

When you choose the Computer-Aided Design Manufacturing program at SCTCC, you’ll gain skills that will directly transfer to the workplace.  With your degree, you can build your career as a CAD Drafter/Designer, Engineering Technician, Research Development Technician, or a Field Service Technician, to name a few options.   

At SCTCC, we equip our students with the skills necessary to succeed in the workforce. After graduation, our students are able to create and modify detailed part drawings to meet industry standards, a must have in any job in the field.

With a degree from our Computer-Aided Design Manufacturing program, students are able to create 2D and solid model (3D) assemblies and design layouts with regard to product function, quality, and manufacturing techniques including bill of material structure.

Our students can even complete a design project by utilizing previously acquired skills and knowledge from the program. With a degree from SCTCC, students are certain to find employment with the various skills we teach in our classrooms.

Quick Glance

  • Create and modify detailed part drawings to meet industry standards. 
  •  Create 2D and Solid Model (3D) assemblies and design layouts with regard to product function, quality and manufacturing techniques including bill of material structure. 
  •  Complete a design project utilizing previously acquired skills and knowledge from the program. 

Graduating from our Computer-Aided Design Manufacturing program opens up a whole world of career opportunities. Students that graduated from SCTCC have worked as CAD drafters and designers, engineering technicians, and research and development technician. SCTCC graduates have even worked in quality control and as a field service technician.

A day in the life of an SCTCC Computer-Aided Design Manufacturing graduate looks like utilizing skills taught in our classrooms and working as an engineer technician or a CAD designer. Our students have worked with top companies in the field doing various jobs, because with SCTCC taught skills your career opportunities are next to endless.

Quick Glance

  • CAD Drafter/Designer 
  • Engineering Technician 
  • Research and Development Technician 
  • Quality Control 
  • Field Service Technician 

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about the Computer-Aided Design Manufacturing program and being a student at SCTCC? Contact our instructors directly or join us for a Manufacturing Info Session to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

Connect with the SCTCC Admissions team:

  • Call us at 320-308-5089
  • Email us at
  • On campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Meet the Admissions Staff.

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Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect to pay $1010-3615 for books, supplies, and materials.

Students in our Mechanical Design and Computer-Aided Design Manufacturing program are eligble for the DCI, Inc. scholarship.

To increase accessibility, SCTCC students can also apply just once to be considered for all eligible academic scholarships.

SCTCC Scholarships

Current Students

Current Computer-Aided Design Manufacturing students - this is your place for information.

Dave Johnson
Phone: (320) 308-5044
Fax: (320) 308-5985


SCTCC students in the Computer-Aided Design Manufacturing degree have the opportunity to join the student organization, the American Digital Design Association (ADDA). ADDA’s mission is to, “Support and prepare the design profession to preserve the past and imagine the future.”

SCTCC Student Clubs

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