Computer-Aided Design Technology Program


Careers in computer-aided design, including drawing in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional realms, designing new products, creating models, and more.

Make designs and 3D models that help people visualize and manufacture products we use every day. Through DMACC’s computer-aided design (CAD) technology program, you’ll learn how to use a variety of software packages, create prototypes, practice reverse engineering, perform geometric dimensioning, and more. Choose from a one-year diploma or a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree and start your career in design and drafting — where you’ll learn to turn innovative ideas into real solutions.

3D Rendering

In this program, you will learn how to render drawings for our 3D replicator. See a 3D image rendered in this time-lapse video.

About the Program:

Career Examples
What You'll Do
Core Job Skills
Average Salary

Computer-Aided Design Technology Career Examples

  • CAD Designer/Operator
  • CAD/CAM Specialist
  • Designer/Drafter
  • Installation Drafter
  • Mechanical Designer or Drafter
  • Project Designer
  • CAD Manager​

What You'll Do

  • Utilize relevant CAD software packages
  • Draft, lay out, and specify technical devices, parts, and equipment
  • Seek and apply technical information
  • Compile engineering documentation
  • Communicate with others
  • Create prototypes
  • Operate CMM & CNC equipment

Core Job Skills

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Attention to detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical thinking
  • Cooperation/Teamwork
  • Integrity

Average Salary (Iowa)

  • $44,580 per year