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​Computer Aided Drafting and Design

The Computer Aided Drafting and Design AAS degree is now available fully ONLINE!

About the Program

The Computer Aided Drafting and Design program offers opportunities for men and women to pursue a career in mechanical drafting. Graduates join engineering departments in a wide range of manufacturing, research and development disciplines and will have ample opportunity to apply their talents and skills in drafting and design.

Students will receive training in computer aided drafting on state-of-the-art equipment and will develop entry level drafting skills. Lab time provides hands-on training and is complemented with classroom work in such subjects as physics, strength of materials, math, computer-aided drafting, mechanisms, machine shop, welding, and more.

Students will learn:

  • Basic drafting skills
  • Blueprint reading
  • Geometric  dimensioning and tolerancing
  • MasterCAM 3D machining software
  • ASME standard practices
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Industry software packages

Students can choose traditional instruction or online instruction, or any combination of both, and have a flexible schedule including some evening class sections. Because of the wide range of manufacturing-related programs on campus such as welding and machine tool, students learn about manufacturing processes and how they tie to mechanical drafting and design.

Drafting and Design is completely computerized. We work extensively with 3D parametric solid modeling. Software packages used include Pro/Engineer, Solidworks, Inventor and AutoCAD.  The Willmar campus program is the only Drafting program within the MnSCU system to have a high degree of integration and collaboration with a Welding program, giving students exposure to high-tech automated manufacturing processes such as robotic welding and programming.

Top students on both campuses have the opportunity to participate in a special projects interdisciplinary course. The course involves working with students from other manufacturing programs (Automated Systems, Machine Tool Trades, and Welding) to produce a working automated machine.


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