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About the Program

In the Engineering CAD Technology Associate in Applied Science degree program you will use Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CAD) systems to create engineering drawings. Emphasis is placed on mechanical drafting standards, components and design for manufacturing; students will:

  • Create innovative engineering drawings using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) technology
  • Design and draft components and efficient systems to manufacture products
  • Work independently and in teams in research and development (R&D), prototype creation, and model shops

Graduates of the program find employment as mechanical drafters, engineering assistants, technicians, and technical sales people.  

The Digital Fabrication Technology certificate is designed for individuals interested in learning more about automation and manufacturing technologies and systems. If you are enrolled in ECAD, Engineering, Math and Science programs/disciplines you may also benefit from this technical set of courses designed to prepare graduates for entry level employment or continuing education in technical/engineering fields. Additionally, this certificate serves as the entrance into the ECAD program. Graduates may gain employment in firms’ R&D, model shops or prototype departments.

Planning for Your Program

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Tuition cost per credit*: Century College - $203.49; University of Minnesota, TC - $520.50; Private for-profit colleges - $1,300; Private colleges & universities - $2,320 *Annual tuition and fees **Based on posted institutions average 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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Student working in a CAD program during class.

Potential Job Titles

Instructor working with a student.
  • Mechanical Drafters
  • Architectural and Civil Drafters

Salary Data

Mechanical Drafters
Average Wage: $26.75/hour
Top Earners: $36.35/hour

Architectural and Civil Drafters
Average Wage: $26.26/hour
Top Earners: $30.41/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area -