Computer-Aided Drafting & Design

A CAD student works on a computer with a CAD instructor

This page is dedicated to Kellogg Community College’s Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CAD) Program, just one of several KCC programs focused on the design, construction and maintenance of the items we use every day. Click through the links through the images below to learn more about KCC’s Physics and Pre-Engineering Program (which includes a joint-enrollment program with Western Michigan University for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering) or for information about manufacturing programs offered through KCC’s Industrial Trades Program. Information about KCC’s CAD Program is included below and through the links on the left side of this page.

A student works on a computer during a CAD class.     A manufacturing instructor shows off a machine at the RMTC.

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CAD) is the process of creating drawings or models that define a given product before it is ready to be manufactured. The drafter/designer is a key link in the engineering design process; documenting concepts using models and detail drawings, and them moving on to manufacturing to get it into production. CAD majors must possess a working knowledge of design principles, material properties, and manufacturing processes to get the job done.

Kellogg Community College’s CAD program is designed to provide you with the foundation of knowledge needed to successfully function in a drafting and design environment. CAD technology is introduced at the very beginning of the curriculum and is used throughout the program for the completion of drawings and models. At KCC we use two of the most popular CAD software programs in industry, AutoCAD® and SolidWorks®, and our students are provided with free software to work on assignments off campus.

The KCC CAD program offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology. Completion of the program opens the door to full-time employment, or you may transfer and pursue a Bachelor Degree. Students interested in transferring to a four-year institution should seek advice from the KCC CAD Instructors for information on the transfer programs currently available.

Why Choose the KCC CAD Program?

  • CAD is an exciting career area that will challenge you, and is more hands-on than traditional engineering programs. Most of your CAD class time will be spent doing drawings and models, as we believe that a hands-on approach is important.
  • Since computer technology and CAD software will continue to become more sophisticated and complex in the future, the program is designed to give you a solid foundation you can build upon.
  • All of your drawings will be CAD-based, in both two and three-dimensional formats, giving you the opportunity to experience a great variety of CAD drawing tasks.

It is an exciting time in the field of drafting and design, and it all starts here.