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Metropolitan Community College CADD Program

Computer Aided Drafting & Design

Program Overview

MCC Campus(es): MCC-Penn Valley
Contact: Marcus Million,, 816.604.5298

Drafting and design professionals use CADD programs to prepare production drawings and illustrations for architectural and engineering firms. They help design building structures, civil projects and mechanical and manufacturing processes.

In our program, you'll learn to render a wide variety of technical systems, machines and products, visually interpret concepts and work with engineers to give form to ideas.

Our degree program covers three CADD programs and parametric modeling plus courses in architecture, machine design, civil design, blueprint reading and general education courses to earn a degree and transfer for a four-year degree. Our 17-19 credit-hour certificate program covers the three CADD programs and parametric modeling.

New Scholarship Opportunity

The Black & Veatch Scholarship is available to students majoring in Computer Aided Drafting and Design. Recipients will be considered part of the Black & Veatch Scholars Program. Throughout the school year, scholarship recipients will receive invitations to professional development and networking events as well as mentorship opportunities with Black & Veatch professionals. Connect with your advisor to learn more about eligibility requirements.

Degree and Certificate Offered

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‘I’m really onto something here’: Meet Sheryl

Sheryl Mehrhoff knew she needed a career change. Taking computer-aided drafting courses at MCC, she landed a good job before she graduated. Sheryl Mehrhoff had to get out. After more than 20 years working in the social services field, “I’d gotten to the point where there wasn’t much left of my soul.” Read Sheryl's success story.

What you'll learn

You will learn to draft and design numerous projects, including building design, building information modeling and surveying. You will learn engineering graphics and multiple Computer-Aided Drafting and Design software packages.

What you'll do and where you'll work

As an engineering technician, drafter, or designer, you can work at such companies as Black & Veatch, BlueScope Construction, Burns & McDonnell, Power Engineers, Evergy, BSE Structural Engineers, and many more.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

Can the skills I've developed on the job count toward my certificate or degree?

Yes, you can test out of certain courses.

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.

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.

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.

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