Fab Lab Technology (Design and Make), Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

​This course series prepares students to work in digital and additive manufacturing, design careers, and innovative and entrepreneurial ventures. Students receive instruction and hands-on training in specialized software and equipment used in the Fab Lab and the "maker" movement. Students learn about 3D printers, CNC routers, and laser cutters, along with the software needed for programming the equipment and materials that may be used.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. plan and create designs using appropriate 3D modeling software;
  2. follow safety procedures when using fabrication lab equipment;
  3. analyze project designs to determine which type of fabrication lab equipment will best provide finished object; and
  4. fabricate objects using appropriate fabrication lab equipment.​

Program Credentials

Successful Completion: 

CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Financial Aid and Payment Options

CCBC currently offers Continuing Education (CE) financial aid to those who qualify. We package public and private funding options to benefit students which include COVID-19 relief funding, the Maryland Sequence Scholarship, CCBC Opportunity Grant funding, Maryland Promise, and Baltimore County College Promise. Financial aid funding is available for select CE courses and programs. 

Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development. 

For more information about funding resources and how to apply for them, please contact the CCBC Continuing Education Information Center at 443-840-4700.

Program Length

9 weeks; number of weeks vary for courses taken individually due to scheduling.  Course schedules vary each semester. 

Courses are offered at CCBC Catonsville.

Program Requirements

Minimum age of 16 with parental permission. 

Recommended - Previous design or CAD experience is helpful, but not necessary.

A pre-registration visit to the Fab Lab can be scheduled.  Contact the Fab Lab at fablabbaltimore@gmail.com to schedule a visit.

Application Process

To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum. A total of 12 program hours may be earned from prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

When taking classes individually, students must take the Fab Lab Introduction class first. Other classes can be taken in any order.

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




TEC 009

Design and Make Technology - Basic Combined Series​


No textbook, but may need to purchase materials​



​ ​Course Series:​  May also be taken as individual courses

VOD 525​

​Fab Lab Introduction





VOA 061

3D Printing with Solidworks


No textbook, but may need to purchase materials



VOB 042

Fab ​Lab 3D Printer Applications Introduction


No textbook, but may need to purchase materials



​VOB 044​ ​Fab Lab CNC Router Applications​ Introduction ​6 ​No textbook, but may need to purchase materials



​VOA 773 ​Fab Lab Design and Print on the Vinyl Cutter ​6 ​No textbook, but may need to purchase materials​



​​VOB 045 ​​Fab Lab Laser Cutter Applications Introduction ​6 ​No textbook, but may need to purchase materials​



 Course Series Totals:






Course Substitutions

Course Substitutions:

​PCA 816 - 3D Printing with Fusion 360 or TEC 023 Fab Lab Introduction to Rhino 3D ​may be substituted for VOA 061 - 3D Printing with Solidworks. TEC 009 - Design and Technology-Basic Combined Series also meets the requirements for the FAB Lab Technology course series.​

Additional Information

Additional Offerings:

VOB 064 - Fab Lab CNC Plasma Cutter Applications Introduction

VOA 547 - Fab Lab Intro to AutoCAD

PCA 816 - 3D Printing with Fusion 360

VOD 529 - Introduction to 3D Scanning

TEC 023 - Introduction to Rhino

​Use of Fab Lab equipment and resources: 
After completing the Fab Lab Introduction course (included in the Design and Make Technology - ​Basic Combined Series), students become Fab Lab members and have access to many of the lab resources.  Members must schedule time to use the equipment during open lab sessions and pay appropriate fees for use and materials.  Materials used must meet Fab Lab guidelines.  For more information, visit www.fablabbaltimore.org.

Additional Expenses:
Additional costs include fees for lab use and materials needed for individual student projects. Total additional expenses vary depending on the size, type, and scope of projects.

Skills for Success:
​Students should be innovative, artistic, or have an entrepreneurial flair.   

Career Opportunities:
Knowledge from the Fab Lab courses, along with previously acquired manufacturing knowledge and experience, can make an individual an "additive manufacturing/ prototyping" skilled practitioner. Courses will help students further their experience as an artist, innovator, drafter, or entrepreneur.

Career Coach

Research your career interests, explore live job postings, take a career assessment, discover which companies in the Baltimore region are hiring, and more.  View a brief tutorial video on how to use Career Coach at: https://youtu.be/C7KpznbPYfA .  Explore career and training opportunities at: https://ccbcmd.emsicc.com/.

Program Contact Information

​For Program Information:

Coordinator: Steve Ricketts | sricketts@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4442 | Catonsville BESS 100 L

Administrative Assistant: Denise Bellamy | dbellamy@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4712 | Catonsville BESS 100


For Equipment-Specific and Laboratory Membership Use Questions:

Fab Lab Manager: Jennifer Kim | fablabbaltimore@gmail.com | 443-840-4811 | Catonsville HTEC 002