Computer Aided Drafting and Design

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Fequently asked questions

Campus Location(s):Business & Technology
Program Coordinator: Mike Cline, 816.604.5281

  1. How long does it take to earn a certificate or degree?
    It takes two years to get an associate in applied science degree if attending full-time. The certificate program includes evening classes that can be completed in two semesters. It is designed primarily for part-time students who may already work in the field.
  2. How much does it cost?

    MCC is a great value. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the area - about 1/3 that of public four-year schools and a tiny fraction of private colleges. We offer many ways to pay plus a tuition payment plan to make it even easier to afford college.

    Calculate your estimated tuition cost here.

  3. Will my credits transfer to other colleges or universities?

    Yes! We have a transfer agreement with the University of Central Missouri for a four-year bachelor's degree. Check with your advisor or counselor and the transfer institution to make sure your transfer will go smoothly.

  4. Can the skills I've developed on the job count toward my certificate or degree?
    Yes, you can test out of certain courses.
  5. Which companies hire program graduates?
    Graduates of the Computer Aided Drafting and Design program are hired at architectural firms, surveying companies, engineering firms, manufacturing firms, illustration companies, the U.S. and state government, or may be self-employed.
  6. What does it take to succeed in this work?
    Some of the personal characteristics needed for this career:
    • Active listening: Ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, take time to understand the points being made, ask questions as appropriate and not interrupt at inappropriate times.
    • Coordination: Adjust actions in relation to others' actions.
    • Active learning: Understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
    • Complex problem solving: Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
    • Mathematics: Use math to solve problems.
    • Reading comprehension: Understand written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
    • Critical thinking: Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
    • Operations analysis: Analyze needs and product requirements to create a design.
    • Instructing: Teach others how to do something.
    • Speaking: Ability to talk to others to convey information effectively.
  7. What are the advantages of taking classes at MCC?
    MCC delivers the most cost-effective technical career preparation in Kansas City, MO. We are a publicly funded college with quality programs and full accreditation.
    • Our classes combine instructor-led and on-line learning with hands-on lab work.
    • We have state-of-the-art labs with the same equipment you'll find in industry.
    • Industry-experienced professionals teach convenient day and evening classes.
    • Our graduates are in demand.
Last Modified: 5/21/14