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.

    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. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

    Financial Aid

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs quality for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College's Federal School Code is 010546.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

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Testimonials

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."

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Andy Chisholm - Additive and Digital Manufacturing Alum

“I was fortunate to be part of Century College's ADM program, and I'm now working for a company that’s on the cutting edge, and is growing at an exponential rate."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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Transfer

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