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Create What You Can Imagine with a Certificate in Computer Aided Design

The computer aided design (CAD) certificate of specialization program trains CAD operators to interpret data, apply drafting skills and utilize software to efficiently produce final drawings and CAD models, following industrial practices and procedures.

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What is Computer Aided Design at St. Louis Community College

Computer aided design is the use of computer software to create detailed and precise 2D or 3D digital models of objects, buildings or mechanical components. CAD technology is widely used in engineering, architecture, product design and various other industries to improve design accuracy and efficiency.

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With the basic skills in AutoCAD and one of the solid modeling programs - Revit, SolidWorks or Inventor - the job possibilities are wide open.  

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What Can You do with a Computer Aided Design Certificate? 

With a CAD certificate of specialization, you can work as a CAD technician or drafter. In this role, you'll assist engineers, architects or designers in creating technical drawings, 2D or 3D models, and plans for construction, manufacturing or product design projects. 

CAD designers now work in almost every industry, such as landscaping, dentistry, equipment design, architecture, construction and manufacturing. You could be designing things such as granite countertops, machine parts or medical implants, or reverse-engineering other products.

CS in Computer Aided Design

  • Degree offered: Certificate of specialization
  • Locations: Florissant Valley
  • Hours to complete: 16
  • Program contact name: Carl Fischer
  • Program contact email: cfischer@stlcc.edu

Tuition for district residents is $122 per credit hour for in-district students. Find out more about our straightforward and low-cost tuition structure.


"CAD classes offered at STLCC helped me in the industry by teaching me the industry standard. CAD is a very important aspect of manufacturing because it allows you to design and view things in different ways in the real world."

- Andrew Collier, engineering technician at Hydromat, Inc.

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Why You Should Choose STLCC's Computer Aided Design Program

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Graduate with Little or No Debt

We believe cost should never be a barrier to achieving your potential. Save over $4,700 per year with tuition that's one-third lower than other local institutions. Plus we'll help you navigate scholarship options and financial aid.

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Build Skills You Need with Stackable Credentials

Stackable credentials help students level up career opportunities without investing a large amount of time and resources. Students can stack or assemble a series of traditional and nontraditional credentials including degrees, certificates, apprenticeships and more. Get a maximum return on your investment with options that match your goals.

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Ramp Up High Wage Skills

STLCC offers career-focused programs for high-wage, high-skill and in-demand jobs. STLCC provides opportunities for college transfers, career development and workforce training. Certificate programs can establish you in a new career in as few as 12 weeks.

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Schedules Built For Your Busy Life

Fitting a quality education into your busy life is easy with the flexibility STLCC offers.

Come as you are. See what you become.

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