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Computer-Aided Drafting & Design

 

All successful projects start with a good plan. For architects, engineering designers, CAD drafters, and builders, the plan comes in the form of working drawings produced by technically talented and well-trained individuals.

If you have a desire to express your knowledge through computer-aided design software, Midland College gives you the skills needed to make your way into this exciting field. This degree allows you to pursue careers that strike a satisfying balance between creativity, technical proficiency, and attention to detail.

Midland College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and certificates in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD).

The Associate of Applied Science degree in CADD will provide students with the skills to work in the drafting industry can be applied worldwide. Multiple software options are taught and available to students.

The program includes training in advanced technologies including additive manufacturing (3D printing), subtractive manufacturing (CNC milling), laser engraving, 3D scanning and more. In addition, we offer courses in advanced software including AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, Revit, Civil 3D, Inventor, 3dsMax, Intergraph CADWorx Plant, P&ID, and Equipment, and more.

Students receive the technical training necessary to choose a drafting/design career in the fields of architecture, construction, civil / surveying, manufacturing, and engineering. This program provides a strong academic and technical base, giving the graduate the needed skills and knowledge for immediate employment and the foundation for professional growth. Additionally, students learn about solid and parametric modeling using advanced computer-aided drafting and design techniques, including 2D and 3D design.

 

Computer graphics student using computer for design 'Outer Space' image, from Computer Graphics student's project Computer graphics student using 3D printining techn ology

 

Program Details

The Paula and Jim Henry Innovations Center at Midland College is a technology learning space which allows students the opportunity to collaborate, tinker, learn, design, and make using a variety of tools and materials. An idea can be developed from conception to creation using the tools provided in the center including: 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser engraving, CNC milling, vinyl cutting, and more.

Industry Standard Software

AutoCAD, Inventor, Civil 3D, Revit Architecture, AutoCAD Architecture, 3ds Max, and Intergraph CADWorx

Equipment

Dimension Elite 3D printer, Makerbot 5th Generation 3D printer, Sense 3D scanner, Epilog Helix CO2 laser engraver, Roland MDX50 CNC Mill, Roland GS-24 vinyl cutter, Stahls vinyl heat press, HTC Vive VR system

No Purchase Necessary

Students are NOT required to purchase their own computer or software. The Midland College Computer Graphics labs are equipped with high-end computers and the same software used throughout the computer graphics industry.

'Futuristic City' image from project by Computer Graphics student

"City of Coruscant"
by Sean Chaney

'Room Design' image from project by Computer Graphics student "Architectural Project"
by Steven Alexander
'Alien Invasion' image from project by Computer Graphics student "Day 1"
by Blake Moore

 

Watch Class Projects by MC Computer Drafting Students

Marketable Skills

Pursuing a CADD degree will provide marketable skills in these areas:

  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • Speaking – Talking to others
  • Writing – Writing things for co-workers or customers
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements

Career Opportunities

Earning an AAS degree in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design leads to a variety of career opportunities in the following fields such as:

  • Architectural Drafting/Design
  • Pipe/Plant Drafting/Design
  • Mechanical Drafting/Design
  • Civil Drafting/Design
  • Survey Drafting
  • Well Planning
  • Animation Development
  • Interior Design
  • Engineering Technician

Demand

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), drafters generally complete a technical program, with an associate degree being the most common. The BLS notes there will be a 7% growth in drafter employment between 2016 and 2026. Growth does vary by specialty and region.

Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

How to Apply

  1. Login to your My MC Portal
  2. Click the Students tab
  3. Click the "Financial Aid Portal" link
  4. Under Log In, provide your Social Security Number and password. If you do not have a password, click the "First Time User" link at the bottom-right and follow prompts.

For additional general scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

Missing the "Financial Aid Portal" link?

To have access to the Financial Aid portal and apply for scholarships, the student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid.

If the students FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student must fill out the FAFSA application first and once processed, will be able to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information

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