Computer Aided Design

Mechanical - Manufacturing


Have you ever thought about becoming an engineer? Or perhaps you see yourself as an inventor who designs something to help people in everyday life. In this course, students use the same computer software that professionals use. The course is designed to present students the ergonomics of the workplace, basic drafting, professional development, creation of a professional portfolio, and the fundamentals of computer software. The computer software is meant to assist students in their goals of becoming a design engineer in just about any field - from electrical technician to manufacturing engineer. Students with an interest in self-paced learning (commonly found in college and university settings), drawing/sketching, math, working with computers, and hands-on experience would benefit from this program. The course equips students with knowledge and skills to perform in basic, professional workforce settings. This course specializes in engineering - which will lead to many other careers.


Applicants must complete a Southern Tech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at Enrollment for this career major is open to partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors) and Adults.


High School Student: Free. Adult Student (in-district): $2.50 per hour; Adult Student (Out-of-District): $5 per hour; and Adult Student (Out-of-State): $7.50 per hour. Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and scholarships are available for qualifying students.


Computer Aided Design Architectural
Fundamentals of CADD120
Engineering CADD120
Principles of CADD165
Drawing & Document Management90
Workforce Staging30
Manufacturing CADD120
Advanced Presentation Graphics Animation80
CAD Mechanical Level 165
CAD Mechanical Level 265
CAD Mechanical Level 365
CAD Mechanical Level 465
CAD Mechanical Level 565
Total Hours1050
Estimated time to complete (Full Time)1 year
Estimated time to complete (Half Time)2 years

Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

AutoCAD Certified User
AutoDesk Inventor Certified User
Tooling U-SME Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing
Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA)

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.

Student Organization



Adults (Half Time) 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM; Adults (Full Time) 8:00-11:00 AM and 12:45-3:45 PM; High School Students 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

CAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer), CAD Operator (Computer Aided Design Operator), CAD/CAM Specialist (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing Specialist), Design Drafter, Designer, Drafter, Installation Drafter, Mechanical Designer, Mechanical Drafter, Project Designer – Approximate Pay Potential: $16-41/Hour. (source:

Anthony Bilyeu

Anthony Bilyeu

Computer Aided Design Instructor

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