Computer-Aided Design & Engineering Technology
Design things—all the things—with the expert knowledge gleaned from a top college program in Computer-Aided Design and Engineering Technology. In our program, you learn a lot: design principles, applications, and other skills you need to be successful in this hot field.
Combine Artistry & Technical Skill
What can you do with a certificate or degree in Computer-Aided Design (more commonly known as “CAD”) and Engineering Technology? A whole lot!
You can design vehicles, household products, buildings, and maybe even the next space shuttle. Everything we see and use starts with an idea—and a good design carefully crafted by an imaginative and skilled artist. This field is full of excitement and potential, and Oakland Community College can help you get started.
Join a Growing Field
Salaries for these roles average about $58,000 per year in the Detroit metro area. Those numbers are stable across the country, too, with the average national salary per year being about $60,000. As with any job, your salary increases depending on experience and education level—and, in the Detroit metro, the highest designer salary is about $82,000. Explore local jobs.
Our CAD and Engineering Technology program produces stellar designers who greatly benefit from the perks of a vibrant, ever-advancing community college. Consider these benefits:
- Affordable tuition
- Small class sizes
- Expert faculty members
- Career services, counseling, and support programs
- Internships and apprenticeships
Success in our program—and in designer roles—requires hard work and a lot of technical competencies. We’ll prepare you. Bring your best effort!
Bring Your Ideas to Life
In your classes, you learn design essentials and theory, and you immediately apply those skills using state-of-the-art drafting programs like AutoCAD or NX. You’re taught to envision an idea and then fully realize it—first on paper and then as a concept built through industry-leading software.
You learn all about:
- 2D and 3D design
- Engineering principles
- Project cost estimation
- Dimensional measurements
- Computational math
- Programming languages
- Additive manufacturing