CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology

CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology

Become a Mechanical Engineering Technician

In Kirkwood's CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology program, you'll have access to cutting-edge computer design programs and will even have the chance to design and test real products.

Through classroom and immersive lab experiences, you'll learn engineering fundamentals and the means of conveying design intent from drawing layouts and symbols through geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.

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Kirkwood is the affordable option! We offer more than $3 million in scholarships every year. 

Students in this program may be eligible for tuition assistance through the Kibbie Grant or Last Dollar Scholarship.

Graduates of the CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mechanical engineering problem-solving skills in an efficient and orderly fashion for the successful completion of a design or analysis.
  • Exhibit proficient operator/user skills with CAD modeling software and office software.
  • Communicate effectively with technicians, engineers, and company personnel.
  • Contribute as a team member to accomplish a specific goal.
  • Identify design problems and troubleshoot to arrive at workable solutions. 
  • Perform math skills related to the solution of mechanical engineering problems.
  • Design a manufacturable, inspectable, functional, and reliable product.

Completion of a program conference is required to be admitted to the program. You’ll learn more about the program as well as specific admissions requirements.

Anyone interested in CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology can complete a program conference in two ways:

Online Program Conference

Watch the program conference video and complete the information form at the end of the video. Click this link to watch the program conference video. 

In-Person Program Conference

Those who prefer an in-person program conference may schedule one by emailing

Program Costs

CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology

School Year: 2024–25

Program Entry Semester: Fall

Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Total
Credit Hours per Semester 14 17 9 18 19 77
In-State Tuition $3,038 $3,689 $1,953 $3,906 $4,123 $16,709
Technology Fee per Semester $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $250
Clinical Expenses (mileage, lodging, screenings, etc.) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Conferences/Seminars $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Course Resources (textbooks, software, etc.) $449.45 $291.75 $151.25 $408.74 $640.50 $1,941.69
Course/Section Fees $30 $40 $0 $150 $85 $305
Laptop (required devices) $1,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,250
Testing Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Third Party Credentials $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Tool Sets $20 $0 $0 $0 $0 $20
Uniforms $5 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5
Other $50 $0 $0 $0 $0 $50
Total Estimated Cost $4,892.45 $4,070.75 $2,154.25 $4,514.74 $4,898.50 $20,530.69


Costs provided are estimated and based on the following current tuition rates: $217 (In-State), $290 (Out-of-State), $400 (International).

Fees and costs are subject to change. To view all costs associated with attending college visit our Tuition and Costs page.

Program Requirements

To get into the CAD/MET program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

  • Attend a program conference

    The program conference can be completed by watching the video conference and following the steps outlined.

  • Placement test score requirement
    A 30 percent or higher is required on the ALEKS math placement test. Learn more about ALEKS here. Please have a copy of your ACT or Accuplacer/ALEKS scores ready before the program conference.

Additional Information

Students can transfer credits from this program to the University of Northern Iowa or William Penn University and work toward a B.S. in manufacturing or industrial technology.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) - Certificate

CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology - Diploma*

*State and federal aid may be used for the diploma on its own or as part of the degree program above.

Students in Kirkwood’s CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology program, as well as those pursuing the Computer Aided Design Certificate or CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma, are encouraged to join the Kirkwood chapter of SkillsUSA, a workforce development organization for students with nearly 400,000 members nationally. 

SkillsUSA is one of eight recognized members of the National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO). CTSOs are co-curricular groups that help students in career and technical education programs further their knowledge and skills by participating in activities, events, and competitions.

The CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions as mechanical engineering technicians and provides skills for those already in the field to gain advancement to designer status.

Industry-standard CAD software is taught during all four semesters of this two-year A.A.S. program to enhance employment opportunities. Competency in engineering fundamentals is built through courses in statics, strength of materials, kinematics, hydraulics, dynamics, and machine design. 

Sample classes in this program include:

  • AutoCAD for Applied Engineering
  • Engineering Drawings
  • Engineering Design
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Technical Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Parametric Solid Modeling
  • Applied Statics
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Strength of Materials
  • Kinematics
  • Hydraulics
  • Dynamics
  • Design Problems
  • Machine Design

 Potential career opportunities include:

  • Engineering technician
  • Test lab technician
  • CAD operator/designer
  • Technical writer
  • Mechanical engineering assistant

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