CAD Certificate

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Cass County Center

Program Information

Students in this program learn to build 3D virtual products primarily using Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, the world’s leading product lifecycle management program. The software will introduce students to product design and development technology used by many of the world’s leading manufacturing, architectural, and construction companies. The coursework will help prepare students to develop technical drawings and plans to build everything from microchips to skyscrapers.  This Certificate is offered in Atlantic and the certificate classes would be held two days a week.  There is a free shuttle from Council Bluffs' main campus.

Job Outlook

832 Jobs (2020)

+1.9% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

Computer-Aided Designers, or CAD Designers, use software to create plans for everything from cars to skyscrapers.  Students with CAD Certificates may find entry-level work in many exciting fields including manufacturing, construction, and engineering.  The CAD certificate provides a great opportunity for workers to increase their skills and for current students to enter the workforce!


  • Entry: $21.13
  • Average: $27.24
  • Experienced: $43.05

Career Examples

  •  Drafters
  •  Design Engineers
  •  CAD Technicians
  •  Production Designers
  •  CAD Designers
  •  Designer Drafters
  •  Designers
  • Structural Designers

First Semester

EGT 155 - Engineering Drawing Practices 3.0 Credit(s)
EGT 113 - Introduction to PLM 3.0 Credit(s)
CAD 129 - CAD I 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 9.0 Credits

Second Semester

CAD 197 - CAD 3D-NX 4.0 Credit(s)
EGT 167 - Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 7.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 16.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Students should be able to create fully detailed 3D models of parts, assemblies and drawings using multiple software packages.
  • Demonstrate and apply concepts and standard practices of the electrical design process.
  • Demonstrate and apply the basic terminology associated with these (manufacturing) fields.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership, communication, teamwork, and time management skills.

Program Disclaimers

  • Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database