Moraine Valley’s Mechanical Design and Drafting/CAD programs are designed for students to gain knowledge and skills needed for a good-paying job in the industry. Or, students can prepare to transfer into a technical degree program at a four-year college or university.

These programs are designed for individuals just beginning a career in the mechanical design and drafting field, or those already working in the industry who need to upgrade their skills.

Our instructors have extensive experience, so what you’re learning in the classroom reflects skills that are needed in the industry. Employers looking for CAD technicians regularly contact Moraine Valley because they know the program is continually upgraded and modified to keep pace with changing trends and issues in today’s workplace.

Mechanical Design and Drafting/CAD Degree and Certificate Programs

Mechanical Design Technology (A.A.S.)

Mechatronics Technology (A.A.S.)

Architectural CAD (Certificate)
AutoCAD Specialist (Certificate)
Autodesk Inventor Specialist (Certificate)
Mechanical Drafting Associate (Certificate)

Transfer Agreements

The following articulation programs are available to students completing the Associates in Applied Science degree in Mechanical Design and Drafting/CAD. The schools listed below have been working with Moraine Valley on creating articulation agreements. Each articulation program would culminate in a four-year bachelor’s degree.

  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Governors State University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Purdue University-Calumet
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Western Illinois University

Autodesk – Free student software

Questions? Contact the program coordinator at or (708) 974-5401.