This curriculum prepares graduates for mechanical and engineering drafting positions in manufacturing- and engineering-based industries using advanced 2D and 3D CAD applications. Additionally, students broaden their drafting skills with course work in civil, structural, electrical, electronic, piping, architectural, and tool and die drafting, providing employment opportunity in related work areas. Specialized topics in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing and CAD customization and management provide further opportunity for the graduate. Students are introduced to product design and manufacturing processes where problem solving and analytical skills are enhanced through projects often involving team collaboration. Cutting-edge CAD instruction within state-of-the-art computer and 3D printing labs prepares the graduate for today's work environment with a focus on parametric CAD and digital prototyping applications. AutoCAD®, Autodesk Inventor®, SolidWorks®, and Creo Parametric (formerly Pro/E) ® are used extensively in the program. In addition to course work specific to the major, mathematics, science, metallurgy, manufacturing materials, communications, and computer applications prepare the graduate for the drafting and design field. The Engineering CAD Technology (EN) program serves as the foundation for the Engineering Design Technology (BEN) baccalaureate degree, in which advanced topics in product design and manufacturing process are emphasized.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Endorsed by the American Design Drafting Association.
We offer our students the opportunity to acquire AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor Certification. Learn more about Autodesk Software Certification.
Graduates of the EN major can elect to continue their education in the four-year BEN major without loss of credits. EN grads can also elect to begin employment while working on course requirements for the four-year degree.
Engineering drafter or detailer, mechanical drafter or detailer, drafter, detailer, CAD technician, mechanical design technician, CAD operator, CAD operator in gas/petroleum industry, CAD manager, estimator, drafting manager, drafting supervisor; employment opportunities are also available in related industries such as civil, structural, electrical, electronic, piping, architectural, and tool and die drafting.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for mechanical drafters was $55,130 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $87,320.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||13,650||$28.62||$59,520|
|Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only)||6,220||$26.09||$54,270|
|Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only)||5,970||$25.24||$52,500|
|Building Equipment Contractors||2,360||$30.64||$63,730|
Statistics reported in May 2017
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College and explained on the Transferring Credits page of this Catalog. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
CAD Software Links and Computer Specifications
The following is a list of information that will be helpful for Engineering Design Technology students interested in purchasing their own computers. Please note that purchasing a computer and the software is not a requirement.
Students in Engineering Design Technology majors will be using the following CAD programs:
- Autodesk® Inventor®
- Creo® (formerly Pro-Engineer®)
Engineering Design Technology students will also be using Autodesk® Analysis software. This software is free to students from the Autodesk® student community.
Students can use the following link for downloading and systems requirements for all Autodesk® products (Inventor®, AutoCAD®, etc.). The Autodesk® Registration/Activation information is the same for all licenses, commercial and student.
Program supplies and books are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
SkillsUSA Champions at Work
Engineering Design Technology Advisory Committee
- Mr. Christopher Allebach, '11, '13, Design Engineer, Dorman Products
- Mr. Charles K Bear, Jr. PE, Senior Program Manager, Lycoming Engines
- Mr. Ryan Bingaman, '98, '00, Lead Systems Engineer, GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies
- Mr. Clark Bixler, '00, '01, Technical Service Engineer, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
- Mr. Keith Dando, '00, '01, Manager, Engineering Technology & Services, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration
- Mr. Tim Day, Manager of Manufacturing, Lycoming Engines
- Mr. William Henry, '90, Design Drafting Supervisor, First Quality Products
- Mr. Robert Holmes, Plant Designer, Metso Minerals
- Ms. Mary Robinson, '85, '08, Product Engineer, Young Industries
- Mr. David Taylor, CAD System Analyst, Metso Minerals
- Ms. Mary Jo Vanderpool, '99, Mechanical Designer/CAD Manager/IT Specialist, Stantec Consulting, Ltd.
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.