Career Certificate

Master design applications

Get a jumpstart in your mechanical engineering career with a certificate in SolidWorks. Gain real-world experience and career-boosting resume credentials. Build a portfolio that showcases your work.

Look into your future with design projects that go from plans to production in the Lake County area. Course work such as labs, lectures and reading assignments cover:

  • using SolidWorks to complete drawing sets
  • choosing appropriate drawing tools for each design to increase productivity
  • modifying, dimensioning and 2D drawing

What can you do with a certificate in SolidWorks?

With this certificate you get started or get ahead in fields that use SolidWorks software in their mechanical design process. If you’re just starting out, begin in an entry-level role working in the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing department of an architecture/engineering firm.

After they receive their certificate, some students take steps to getting licensed and return to CLC for a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree.

Depending on your current education and experience your role could be:

  • Mechanical Technician
  • SolidWorks Technician
  • CAD technician


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    Can be completed 100% online.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 4 Months

    Full-time students finish in 4 months.

Career Outlook

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CAD 117 3
    CAD 170 3
    CAD 270 3
    • Course Code CAD 117
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CAD 170
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CAD 270
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

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*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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CAD-Drafting Technology at CLC

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A Certificate in SolidWorks is just one possible way to study CAD-Drafting Technology. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

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