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.

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

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

Video Program Conference

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

In-Person Program Conference

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

Program Costs

CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology 

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021

Year One

Credits: 16 17 33
Tuition: $2,976 $3,162 $6,138
Fees: $298 $120 $418
Books: $882.25 $271.75 1,154



Credits: 9 9
Tuition: $1,674 $1,674
Fees: $25 $25


Year Two

Credits: 18 19 37
Tuition: $3,348 $3,534 $6,882
Fees: $180 $150 $330
Books: $525.25 $533 $1,058.25




Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
Included fees: Technology Fee
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
Updated: 1/21/2021

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.

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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.

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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Provides quality technical training and skills aligned to industry needs that involves applying engineering concepts and the use of Computer Aided Design software.


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