Engineering Drafting & Design

The Engineering Drafting & Design (MDES) program provides students with the entry-level skills and theoretical knowledge to engineer and design products utilizing the latest technology in CAD/CAM software.

Graduates from this program are prepared to enter the industry as product designers, drafters, CAD/CAM technicians, quality inspectors and tool designers. The course of study includes: print reading; machine tool applications; measurement and materials; job planning and layout; CAD/ CAM software; solid modeling; finite element analysis; transmission of power; and 3D prototyping.

Students spend a significant amount of time in the machine shop and metrology lab gaining hands-on manufacturing skills to help them understand the realities of 21st century manufacturing. Students obtain Certified Solidworks Associate (CSWA) certification as part of their course of study. Arts & Sciences curriculum supports the technical coursework by enhancing the students’ communication, mathematics and critical thinking skills.

Degree Information: Graduates earn an associate of Applied Science degree; the program takes two years (four semesters) to complete.


Common Job Titles
Designer; Drafter; Project Engineer

Program Placement Rate: 100%
Data reflects placement for AY2012-13 graduates indicating employment in their field of study within 6 months following graduation. Full data calculations are available for review during College open hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Career Services or contact

Typical Employers
Graco; Medtronic; MTS

National Median Salary 

SOURCE: Based on the 2012-2013 Edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 


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