Computer Aided Design

Certificate of Specialization (CS)

Train to be a CAD operator: Use advanced computer skills to produce final drawings and CAD models.

Upgrade or update your skills and gain a competitive advantage.

Evening classes: This program is specially geared for students with full-time jobs.


STLCC’s Computer Aided Design (CAD) program provides students with:

  • An understanding of the principles of drafting
  • The skills to use a variety of drafting, design and solid modeling software programs

Train using the industry’s most popular software packages, including SolidWorks, Pro-E, CATIA, Unigraphics and AutoCAD.

State-of-the-art equipment: You’ll learn using the latest CAD technology. For instance, create a 3D CAD model and have it produced in the Digital Additive Manufacturing Lab employing processes known as “Rapid Prototyping” or “3D Printing.”

Coursework includes basic computer-aided drafting classes along with exposure to 2-D and 3-D classes.

Students may elect to supplement their basic required courses with additional classes in computer aided design.

CAD specialists work directly with engineering teams in order to generate two-dimensional drawings and three-dimensional models using CAD software. CAD operators interpret data from multiple sources, and apply traditional drafting skills utilizing computer software.

Small class size and a focus on hands-on activity.

Faculty: STLCC is a longtime leader in the field of engineering technology, and you’ll learn from seasoned professionals. All of our instructors worked in the industry and bring that experience to the classroom.

Stackable: If you’ve earned a certificate of specialization in Computer Aided Design, your credits can apply towards your AAS degree in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology.

Convenience: More than 90% of our students attend classes part-time while working during the day, so technical and high-end software courses are offered in the evening.

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region, and the second largest in Missouri.

To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to questions. Click Here


The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employers will increasingly look for drafters with a strong background in fundamental drafting principles, a high level of technical sophistication and the ability to apply knowledge to a broader range of responsibilities.

  • Architectural Firms
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Engineering Firms
  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Design Firms
  • Construction Companies
  • Government Departments

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STLCC provides a top quality education at a much more affordable cost than for-profit institutions.

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Tom McGovern
Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-513-4313


Computer Aided Design (CS) 18 Credits

Program Total: 18 credits
Courses 6 credits
EGR:100 Engineering Drawing 3
GE:101 Technical Computer Applications (or)
GE:121 Principles of Engineering (or)
ESC:100 Engineering Computer Applications and Design 3
CAD Sequence 9 Credits
Select from the following lists with at least one in each area for a total of 9 credit hours
EGR:104 Electronic Drafting 2
EGR:133 Introduction to AutoCAD I 2
EGR:140 Computer Aided Drafting & Design I 3
EGR:141 Introduction to AutoCAD II 2
EGR:143 Introduction to Microstation 2
EGR:147 Introduction to Engineering Design 3
EGR:145 Computer Solids Modeling 2
EGR:139 3-D AutoCAD with Autoshade 2
ME:230 Introduction to 3-D Solid Modeling for Design 4
EGR:148 Solid Modeling with Unigraphics 2
EGR:256 Solid Modeling with CATIA 2
CAD Applications
ME:230 Introduction to 3-D Solid Modeling for Design 4
EGR:255 Advanced Computer Aided Drafting 3
GE:122 Engineering Design and Development 3
EGR:257 Unigraphics for Part Design 2
Technical Elective  3 Credits
Select course(s) from Engineering and Technology department (prefixes BE, CE, EE, EGR, ESC, GE, ME, QC).

Course offerings depend on adequate enrollment.

Please note: Some of the credits earned in STLCC’s AAS, CS and CP programs don’t transfer to engineering bachelor degree programs. If your career goal is to be an engineer, please consider STLCC’s Engineering Science AS degree. Credits earned as part of STLCC’s Engineering Science AS degree transfer to universities nationwide, and provide a strong foundation for future study in a variety of engineering disciplines. All at a fraction of the cost of a public university.

We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your pathway to this rewarding career. Click Here


Related Programs
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (AAS)


STLCC’s Manufacturing Advisory Committee brings together top industry professionals. Members serve for two year terms, and STLCC’S faculty works hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update our curriculum, stay up-to-date on the latest innovations, and promote networking.

Responding to the needs of the local market: STLCC’s Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing was created to develop a skilled workforce for the region’s engineering and manufacturing sector.  If your business has workforce needs that are not met by our credit course offerings, please contact us to discuss additional options:


The Computer Aided Design (CAD) program is offered at our Florissant Valley campus.


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