Computer-Aided Mechanical Drafting
This two-semester certificate program will provide students with the skills they need for entry-level employment in computer-aided design and drafting systems.
Students can earn the certificate as they work towards the Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science degree.
ICC has many student organizations where students can hone their leadership skills and be recognized for academic achievements.
Drafter, Mechanical Drafter, CAD Designer
if Full Time
25 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
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Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
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Our programs are rooted in the real working world. We design and manufacture it.Bob Branan, Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Coordinator
How Do I Get Into the Computer-Aided Mechanical Drafting Program?
Learn new technology and software to start a career in the emerging industries of automation, 3D design and printing, and alternative energies. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- Math skills equivalent to two years of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry are required for admission.
- Courses in art and computer classes are also beneficial.
What Can I Expect As A Computer-Aided Mechanical Drafting Student?
- Learn how to read and understanding engineering drawings.
- Students will be able to create 3D solid models.
- This certificate can be the foundation toward an associate degree, and even a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology.
- Students will learn manufacturing processes, welding processes, and dimensional metrology.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.