About the Program

Century College’s new Additive and Digital Manufacturing program addresses the needs of the workforce by training students in computer-based design/simulation, electronics, programming, mechanics, 3D printing, and automation to develop, operate and maintain advanced digital-based manufacturing systems and processes currently used in business and industry.

The degree is comprised of two aspects, Additive and Digital:

Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) is becoming commonplace across the globe, from rapid prototype uses, medical modeling, and tooling to low-volume end-use production parts. Students are taught a variety of 3D printing technologies, along with advanced CAD work in a primarily hands-on environment.  

Digital Manufacturing focuses on the advancement of machines and technology currently being implemented on manufacturing floors. Technology used in our lab includes:

  • 7-axis CNC robotic carver
  • Cobots for pick and place/assembly processes
  • Vision inspection systems
  • PLCs and automated control systems

In addition to these machines, Century College’s Digital Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab) is also a primary creative/making center for ADM students, and allows student use of laser cutters, CNC routers and circuit board mills.

Recent Additive and Digital Manufacturing program graduates are finding very exciting jobs and unique positions, including Additive/Rapid Prototype Technicians in the 3D Printing arena to engineering or manufacturing technicians using and implementing digital equipment. 

Additionally, Century College course offerings can prepare our students to take and be awarded industry-level certificates in areas such as:

  • Solidworks Associate
  • SME Additive Fundamentals
  • SME Lean Bronze

Biofabrication Technologist Certificate

The Biofabrication Technologist certificate is a collaboration between Century College's Additive and Digital Manufacturing and Biology programs. This program prepares students with workforce skills in the area of biofabrication/bioprinting. This laboratory-based program focuses on human cell 3D and 4D bioprinting of human tissues and organs, design of synthetic and natural biomaterials, and development of biomarkers for tissue maturity and organ function. Also, this program includes an emphasis on biological methods and quality analysis.

Getting Started

Schedule a tour with one of our instructors, and enroll in our ECAD 1025 How to Make Almost Anything class. This course will give you an entry-level introduction to the digital tools and procedures used in today’s industry.

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Image of a bar graph explaining Century's Tuition Cost Per Credit.

    Century College can be extremely affordable through financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

    As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities.

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our programs qualify for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and others.

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Portrait of Callie LeClaire.
Callie LeClaire - Additive and Digital Manufacturing Alum

"3D printing will be found in all kinds of fields, from the food industry to jewelry design to clothing manufacturing to aerospace, and Century College's Additive and Digital Manufacturing (ADM) program is preparing students to meet that future."

Portrait of Joel Currences.
Joel Currence - Additive and Digital Manufacturing Alum

"You get a good education, and good work experience before you get into the field, and you're not paying triple the cost."

Portrait of Charles Georgi
Charles Georgi - Additive and Digital Manufacturing Alum

"I've taken advantage of every learning opportunity, and I have learned how to adapt - I like to jump in and learn what I can really quickly."

Portrait of Zach Gunelson
Zach Gunelson - Additive and Digital Manufacturing Alum

"Century College faculty taught me the fundamentals to build success within a group and as an individual."

Portrait of Kyle Trepanier
Kyle Trepanier - Additive and Digital Manufacturing Alum

"The ADM program has no upper limits. I'm the kind of person who wants to push the limits of possibilities and ADM allows you to explore those limits."


Student working with a digital manufacturing robot.

Potential Job Titles

Student working on a project in the Fab Lab using a 3D printer.
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Prototyping Technician
  • Advanced Manufacturing Quality technician
  • Process Designer
  • Mechanical Designer

Salary Data

Mechanical Engineering Technologists
Average Wage: $29.11/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.minnstate.edu