Gwinn Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)

Class location

Gwinn High School
50 M-35
Gwinn, MI 49841

Instructors: Jared Mottes

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Career Focus

Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education


Students are prepared to enter college and the workforce as a skilled CAD technician by training on the most current CAD software and graduating with advanced CAD skills. Students complete 2D and 3D projects with an emphasis on constructing what you design using advanced and specialized computer-aided drafting skills.

This class uses the most popular 3D CAD options, Autodesk’s AutoCad and Inventor, and Solidworks.

This class is typically available to students in grades 10 - 12.


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“The CTE programs at Gwinn High School are absolutely incredible! I owe a lot of my success to my CADD teacher. Michigan Tech courses are heavily based in spatial visualization, 3D modeling, and design work. I breezed through these courses due to my high school experience and I instructed large groups of my classmates in the topics. The design, fabrication, and welding experience have proven extremely useful. To this day those skills gained in CADD classes are on my resume and I apply them every day.”

Cam, Gwinn HS CADD (former student)
Executive Lead of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise

“Each company that I’ve interviewed with have been very impressed by the amount of knowledge I have regarding design and manufacturing, as well as the fact that I’m familiar with AutoCad and SolidWorks. When talking about some of my experiences during interviews I’ve even had the interviewers ask me “You did all that while you were in high school?” because many people don’t have the same unique background that I do.”

Jared R., Gwinn HS CADD (former student)
MTU Mechanical Engineering student

“My favorite thing about CADD here at Gwinn High School is just the camaraderie that me and my friends share.”

Chris S, Gwinn HS
CADD Student

How to Get Started

High School Credit

Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a CTE class, as this is determined individually by school district.

College Credit

  • Students can earn up to 4 college credits from NMU
  • Students must earn a grade of 90% or better and be recommended by the instructor
  • Each college reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy
  • Contact your college(s) to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score.

NMU course satisfied:

DD 100 - Technical Drafting/Intro to CADD - NMU Credits Granted 4

National College Credit Recommendation (Test required)

Industry Certification

Industry-recognized Certification

  • 10-hour OSHA General Industry Safety Certificate*

*Credentials are nationally recognized, portable and stackable, which means students have the option of attaining more advanced credentials in the future.

  • Autodesk (AutoCAD) certification is forthcoming

Success Story

Photo Gallery

Student working with 3-D printer
CADD teacher instructing class
Students looking at computer screen
Student working on CADD project

What to do next?

Instructors: Jared Mottes

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