Architectural and Engineering Design Technology Certificate FAQ

What does CAD stand for?

CAD stands for Computer Aided Design. CAD designers, also known as drafters, create accurate technical computer models used by the production and construction industries. Anything from toasters to skyscrapers are first designed with CAD technology. If you have visual and organizational talents, this career may be for you!

What can I do with this certificate?

CAD designers work in a variety of fields, including:

  • Architectural and Mechanical Design
  • Electrical and Electronic Design
  • Civil Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Interior Design

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How much do CAD designers earn?

The starting wage for CAD designers is $14 an hour. See the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the most recent data on earnings.

How can I learn more about the profession?

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Why should I get my AET certificate from MCC?

MCC has experienced instructors who have proven themselves in the field and a newly renovated design center that features:

  • Angle-CAD design workstations
  • AutoCAD software
  • AutoDesk Inventor 3D software
  • New computers

MCC also has an active Career Services department that helps graduates find local jobs in their field.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes! Just go to for more information on current financial aid and scholarships available.

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Who should I contact for more information?

You can contact Heather Zaccagnini at (815) 479-7503.