Join our local community of engineers by completing this CAD program and entering the high demand field of engineering design. Learn the skills of technical communication using 2D and 3D computer aided design software. Prepare digital machines like QCC's 3D printers, laser cutters, and more to solve engineering problems.

Program Overview

What Will You Learn?


The program prepares students to use advanced CAD systems while encouraging effective communication and problem solving skills. Using advanced manufacturing equipment, students build a portfolio of competencies and are able to transfer ideas into prototypes. The program also reinforces a students ability to operate a personal computer and manage their files for robust and secure file management.


In-State Tuition: $223/credit

Out-of-State / International Tuition: $429/credit

Some programs have additional program fees


3 Semesters

28 credits

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This program may be completed 50% or more online.


High School Diploma or GED/HiSET.


  • This program may be completed at QCC Worcester (Main Campus).
  • This program may be completed face-to-face.


The following program(s) have connections that can be completed alongside or applied to this program:

Associate of Science

Manufacturing Technology

Become part of an ever expanding and diversifying manufacturing community. Learn about the skills needed to succeed and the vast array of high demand job functions being created by our highly advanced manufacturing community.

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Course TitleCourse #Semester OfferedCreditsPrerequisites

Semester 1

  • Apply and get accepted to this program (Program Code: CAD).
  • Register for and successfully complete all courses to graduate in three semesters.
  • Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss associate degree (Program Code: MP); or create an account on the QCC job board to search for internships, co-ops and jobs.
  • Complete MNT 101.
  • For the Elective, choose from the following course designations: ACC, BUS, CHM, ELT, HUM, IMD, IMG, LOG, MAT, MGT, PSY, SCI, SOC, or SPN.
Introduction to Microcomputer ApplicationsCIS 111F/S/SU3 
Composition IENG 101F/S/SU3Placement into college level English
Mechanical CAD IMNT 101F/S3MAT 095 with a grade of “C” or higher or approp place score

Semester 2

  • Apply to associate degree (Program Code: MP); or if seeking employment, meet with Career Services for career readiness preparation and to learn more about QCC’s job board.
  • Complete MNT 103 (includes certification exam).
  • Submit an Intent to Graduate Form, located on The Q.
College AlgebraMAT 100F/S/SU3QMAT placement score > 32 or Coreq: MAT 097
Solid ModelingMNT 103F/S3ERG 101 or MNT 101
QualityMNT 106S3 
Manufacturing Materials and ProcessesMNT 110S3MAT 095 with a grade of “C” or higher or approp place score

Semester 3

  • MNT 104 is a project-based course that runs through Summer I and II.
  • Students can participate in the May Commencement Ceremony only if registered for MNT 104.
Engineering DesignMNT 104SU4MNT 103
Total Credits Required:  28 

Program Goals:

The Computer Aided Design Certificate is intended to prepare successful graduates to apply technical knowledge and skills to develop working engineering drawings and in support of mechanical and industrial engineers and related professionals. Students gain knowledge in manufacturing materials and processes, mechanical drafting, electro-mechanical drafting, basic metallurgy, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, blueprint reading, and technical communication. Upon completion, the student will be able to use a variety of industry standard CAD programs and apply quality practices to perform as a CAD technician.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the power and effectiveness of modern CAD software.
  • Apply mathematical and scientific concepts to solve design problems.
  • Understand the principles of product development through design.
  • Communicate technical information both verbally and in written form.
  • Understand the behavior of a variety of material properties as they relate to manufacturing processing.
  • Apply accurate design methodology and use industry standard CAD software to improve quality and production.
  • Understand and manage product variability as defined by quality systems.

Admissions Process:

Admissions inquiries should be directed to Prospective students may apply to the program of their choice by following the enrollment steps at

Program Admissions Requirements:

Students should note that some first semester courses carry minimum prerequisites. Refer to the program grid.

  • High School Diploma or GED/HiSET.

CORI, SORI, Finger Printing & Drug Testing:

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks are not required. Fingerprinting and drug testing are not required.

Additional Cost:

See the Program Fees page.

  • Students should anticipate additional expenses for professional certification examinations.

Technical Performance Standards:

See the Technical Performance Standards page. (Note: Not all programs have technical performance standards).

Credit for Prior Learning:

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) allows students to use skills they already have towards a college degree or certificate. Work, life, volunteer and military experience may be translated into credit, allowing students to take fewer classes and earn their degree faster. CPL eliminates redundancies for students who have already earned credentials or mastered skills required for their program of study. Email for more information and eligibility.

  • To evaluate technical prior learning credit, students should contact the Center for Career & Transfer Services.

Career Outlook:

Please consult the Massachusetts Career Information System at or the Occupational Outlook Handbook at for specific occupational information. The CIP code for this program is 15.1302.

Transfer Articulations & Opportunities:

Prospective students may learn more about transfer articulation agreements at More information regarding transfer opportunities is available at

Additional Information:

  • If successful graduates wish to continue their education, the courses required for the Computer Aided Design Certificate apply to the Manufacturing Technology associate degree.