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Engineering CAD Technology

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Engineering CAD Technology program overview

Are you looking for a career that blends creativity and technology? HTC's Engineering CAD (Computer-Aided Design) Technology program will prepare you for a career in the design and development of manufactured products. You will gain the skills to translate rough sketches, layouts and written specifications into a drawing showing complete details. From light fixtures to motorcycles to computer monitors to bridges, nearly every type of fabricated product requires a design technician to detail the entire project and its component parts. With the skills you develop in the engineering technology program, you will be ready to build a career.

Program information

  • Class Time: Day and Evening
  • Semester: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Summer Semester
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park Campus and Eden Prairie Campus
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Skills required

Since a mechanical designer is responsible for developing and maintaining product documentation with solid models, assemblies, assembly drawings, detail drawings, and prototype assemblies. Mechanical aptitude and attention to detail are two of the best indicators for success in this industry. Blueprint reading should be taken early in your studies to determine your ability to understand two-dimensional representation of three-dimensional objects. Because this industry relies heavily on Computer-Aided Design software to develop products, familiarity with computers and computer software is helpful.

job Outlook

Most of our graduates start working as mechanical drafters. Drafting experience and product knowledge provide opportunties to move into other areas of manufacturing such as design, engineering, and management. Even during times of slow growth, there is sufficient turnover in these positions to provide job opportunities for our graduates. As long as a company is seeking to increase profits through new products improving existing products, a mechanical drafter is neccessary to record the changes and new designs.

Mechanical Drafter Wages

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Awards and Certifications


Industry partners

We are currently seeking advisory board members. A member of the board would provide input into the direction of the program. If you are interested, please contact


An articulation agreement between Hennepin Technical College and Minnesota State University Moorhead will facilitate credit transfer of HTC 's Engineering CAD Technology A.A.S. or diploma toward a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management at MSU-Moorhead.


Last updated by Dina.Rogalla : 2020-06-29 12:05:35