Computer-Aided Drafting & Design

A KCC CAD student works with an instructor in the CAD lab.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 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.

KCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology. The sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking the degree follows.

For more information about KCC’s CAD Program, see:

Associate in Applied Science: CAD Technology

Fall I Spring I Summer Fall II Spring II
DRAF 101: Engineering Graphics DRAF 120: Machine Drafting Manufacturing Processes modules*** DRAF 141: Descriptive Geometry DRAF 211: Dimensioning and Tolerancing
OIT 161: Applications Software DRAF 181: Applications in AutoCAD DRAF 221: Architectural Drafting DRAF 262: Engineering Design
ENGL 151: Freshman Composition** DRAF 234: SolidWorks DRAF 252: Advanced SolidWorks PHYS 111: College Physics 1**
Elective: Personal and Cultural Engagement* MATH 125: College Algebra MATH 132: Trigonometry Elective: Personal and Cultural Engagement*
FYS 101: First Year Seminar COMM 110** OR
COMM 207
ENTE 215: Material Science

*For class options that fulfill the elective requirements indicated here, see the Degree and Certificate Requirements section of KCC’s Academic Catalog.

**Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit

***Manufacturing Processes modules are open-entry/open-exit individual industrial topics taught at KCC’s Regional Manufacturing Technology Center (RMTC), located in the Fort Custer Industrial Park. These modules are offered every semester. All required modules are listed on the Guided Pathway/degree checklist PDF linked above and total 4.16 credit hours.

Transfer Opportunities

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. A popular choice for KCC CAD students seeking to continue their education at a four-year institution is the 2+2 transfer program to the Product Design Engineering Technology Program at Ferris State University. Contact our academic advising team at 269-965-4124 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment to plot your personal transfer plan.

CAD Careers

CAD is an exciting career area that will challenge you, and is more hands-on than traditional engineering programs. KCC’s CAD Program prepares students to enter the workforce as drafters, designers and CAD technicians. Transfer students have several options to continue their studies at a four-year institution and pursue a career in fields of engineering and even architecture.

CAD graduates are prepared for careers with experience in architecture, 3D modeling, detailing, drafting, manufacturing, materials science, math, physics, rapid prototyping and statics and strengths of materials studies.

Possible job titles for graduates with an education in CAD include:

  • CAD drafter/engineer/technician
  • Industrial engineering technician
  • Mechanical engineering technician

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for CAD careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at

Why Study CAD at KCC?

KCC’s CAD Program is designed to provide students 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.

KCC students work during class in the CAD lab.CAD Lab

The CAD Program at KCC emphasizes hands-on experience and utilizes state-of-the-art technology to prepare students for a 21st Century CAD career. KCC’s CAD lab incorporates the latest and greatest CAD technology including more than two dozen state-of-the-art, dual-monitor computer stations equipped with the latest industry software. Students will also have the opportunity to utilize the CAD lab’s 3D printer to see their drawings come to life.

A KCC student works on a CAD design on a computer in the CAD lab.CAD Software

Most CAD class time at KCC is spent doing drawings and models, as we believe that a hands-on approach is important. 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. All student drawings will be CAD-based, in both two- and three-dimensional formats, giving students the opportunity to experience a variety of drawing tasks.

Student Tech Club members carve pumpkins on campus.Tech Club

KCC’s Tech Club, Societus Technica, is the oldest student organization on campus. It is open to any KCC student with an interest in science and technology professions. The club strives to increase student awareness by highlighting the need for technicians to stay up to date on current advancements in technology. The group participates in several events and initiatives each year, including an annual pumpkin carving fundraiser each fall and an architectural trip each spring.