Nov 28, 2020  
2020-21 Catalog 
2020-21 Catalog

Computer-Aided Design (CAD)*

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Program Design

The Computer-Aided Design (CAD) certificate program provides students with career-based training in mechanical design using computer-aided drafting/design technology. To provide the necessary technical base, the program also includes engineering drawing, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing skills. Basic training in computer technology is included to prepare students for the two-dimensional, three-dimensional and solid-modeling computer-aided design technology in the program. CAD technology in the core of the certificate program is comprised of 2D AutoCAD®, Solidworks® parametric solid modeling and rendering technology, as well as an option of Mastercam® CNC software, and NX parametric solid modeling.

All manufacturing and engineering design in today’s high-technology business and industry use computer-based manufacturing and computer-aided design technologies that integrate the design, engineering and manufacturing processes of complex products, parts, and assemblies-into a single, technically coherent process.


Students may enroll in this program full- or part-time. Courses are offered during afternoon and/or evening hours. Students who complete the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) certificate program and decide to pursue an associate in science degree in Technology Studies, CAD Option, may apply all of their credits towards that degree. Students should consult with an engineering/technology faculty advisor to plan their program and schedule of classes, and to discuss required course prerequisites.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Computer-Aided Design certificate program requirements, graduates will

  1. Interpret complex engineering drawings including geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.
  2. Perform competently in solving technical manufacturing and engineering mathematics problems.
  3. Exhibit competency in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and solid-modeling skills as applied to complex computer-aided design technology.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and effectively use the computer to solve complex technical problems.

Total Credits Required: 15


*Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. As a part of this merger, modifications will be made to academic programs. Students who do not complete their programs by the end of the Spring 2023 term will be matched with the Connecticut State Community College (CT State) program that most closely aligns with ​the student’s Spring 2023 program and is offered at the current Manchester Community College location. The College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption. Further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:

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