Kalamazoo Valley Community College

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Are you looking for a high tech career? Are you computer literate and can you do detailed accurate work neatly? If so, you may have what it takes to make a comfortable living as a Computer Aided Designer.

Our certificate program in CAD requires just one year to complete. Got another year? Well transfer to our Computer Aided Design Associate Degree Program for a more in-depth education in mechanical design..

The time-honored occupations of drafting and design have undergone a metamorphosis.

Drawing with a pencil, straight edge and protractor have given way to strokes on a keyboard and three-dimensional images.

The technology is like a speeding train. Without training, it's almost impossible to catch it. Just as fast is the growing need for competent professionals in the field.

After building a sound foundation at Kalamazoo Valley, a person can enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college or university. KVCC holds accreditation agreements with Michigan colleges and universities, making transferring easy.

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KVCC offers drafting programs designed to put students to work in entry-level positions, to complete an associate degree, and/or to transfer to another college or university.

From entry-level drafting to advanced design projects, KVCC's programs cover mechanical design, tool design, mold design, using AutoCAD, Cimatron, Inventor, and Pro Engineer software for drafting and design in the mechanical, industrial and architectural areas.

Supporting the design-level courses are classes in metallurgy, statics and strength of materials, hydraulics, machine tool, and technical report writing.

Significant Points

  • Employment opportunities are best for individuals with at least two years of postsecondary training in drafting and design, and experience using computer-aided design and drafting (CAD) systems.

  • KVCC's degree and certificate program can lead to careers in engineering and architecture.

  • Demand for drafters and designers varies by specialty and depends on the needs of local industry, particularly architectural and engineering services and manufacturing.

  • Jobs are waiting to be filled at every rung of the ladder. Wages are dependent on skill level, knowledge of technology, work habits, people skills and experience.

  • Associate Degree

    Computer Aided Design


    CAD Specialist


    mechanical competition

    Certificates of Achievement