Industrial Design Technology - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Explore the World of Engineering Drafting and Design

Plans for every product, building, or process begin with drawings and models created using the techniques and principles taught in drafting courses. The ACC Drafting and Design Engineering Technology program provides extensive hands-on training in the basic principles of engineering drafting and design. Specialized courses will train you in advanced piping and mechanical design. In this program, you'll not only learn to draw plans on paper, you will also learn how to use computer-assisted drafting programs (CADD). CADD technology allows you to add detail and quickly make revisions to your design plans.

This well-rounded program provides you with the necessary qualifications to begin a career as an entry-level designer.

You will excel in Drafting and Design Engineering Technology if you excel at and have an interest in:

  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Manual dexterity
  • Artistic design
  • Technical drawing skill
  • Craftsmanship
  • Computing skills
  • Self-discipline
  • Conceptual vision

Student with instructor using CADD program  Person at computer working on drafting design

Career Opportunities

Drafting and Design professionals solve dimensional design problems, define and develop new products, design prototypes, build models, create digital representations of designs and create full-scale environments. 

Alvin community college Drafting and Design Engineering Technology graduates have close to 100% job placement rate. Many students find employment prior to graduation. 

Types of Jobs

  • Mechanical Designer
  • Piping Designer
  • Civil Drafting
  • CADD Operator

Types of Employers

  • Manufacturing industries
  • Engineering firms
  • Industrial design consulting firms
  • Construction companies
  • Chemical and refining industry
  • Industrial sales companies
  • Government agencies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Hospitals
  • Retail organizations
  • Public utility companies

For more information on career opportunities in Drafting and Design Engineering Technology, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

Students may choose a Drafting and Design Engineering Technology degree to study the various disciplines that ACC has to offer.

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DRAFTING AND DESIGN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

DFTG 1305 - Introduction to Technical Drawing 

3

DFTG 1309 - Basic Computer-Aided Drafting

3

DFTG 1325 - Blueprint Reading and Sketching

3

+MATH 1332 - Quantitative Reasoning

3
SECOND SEMESTER

DFTG 1333 - Mechanical Drafting

3

DFTG 1317 Architectural Drafting - Residential

3

DFTG 1330 - Civil Drafting

3

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3
THIRD SEMESTER  

DFTG 2317 - Descriptive Geometry

3

DFTG 2319 - Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting

3

+Social & Behavioral Sciences Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3

SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER

ARCE 1352 - Structural Drafting 

3

+Creative Arts or Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum or 
+Language, Philosophy & Culture Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum

3

DFTG 1345 - Parametric Modeling and Design

3

DFTG 2323 - Pipe Drafting

3

DFTG 2328 - Architectural Drafting - Commercial

 
 SECOND SEMESTER 

DFTG 2345 - Advanced Pipe Drafting

3

DFTG 2332 - Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting

3

*DFTG 2338 or Final Project - Advanced Drafting or

DFTG 2381 Co-op Education Drafting & Design Tech General

3

+SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking or
SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication or
SPCH 2335 - Argumentation & Debate

3
DRAFTING AND DESIGN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY - (A.A.S.) DEGREE
CREDIT HOURS
 60

+Denotes core requirement.  Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
*Capstone Course

DRAFTING AND DESIGN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
CERTIFICATE 2 (CERT 2)

48 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

DFTG 1305 - Introduction to Technical Drawing 

3

DFTG 1309 - Basic Computer-Aided Drafting

3

DFTG 1325 - Blueprint Reading and Sketching

3

+MATH 1332 - Quantitative Reasoning

3
SECOND SEMESTER

DFTG 1333 - Mechanical Drafting

3

DFTG 1317 Architectural Drafting - Residential

3

DFTG 1330 - Civil Drafting

3
THIRD SEMESTER  

DFTG 2317 - Descriptive Geometry

3

DFTG 2319 - Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting

3

SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER

ARCE 1352 - Structural Drafting 

3

DFTG 1345 - Parametric Modeling and Design

3

DFTG 2323 - Pipe Drafting

3

DFTG 2328 - Architectural Drafting - Commercial

 
 SECOND SEMESTER 

DFTG 2345 - Advanced Pipe Drafting

3

DFTG 2332 - Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting

3

*DFTG 2338 or Final Project - Advanced Drafting or

*DFTG 2381 Co-op Education Drafting & Design Tech General

3
DRAFTING AND DESIGN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY - CERTIFICATE 2
CREDIT HOURS
 48

+Denotes core requirement.  Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
*Capstone Course

DRAFTING AND DESIGN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
CERTIFICATE 1 (CERT 1)

24 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

DFTG 1305 - Introduction to Technical Drawing 

3

DFTG 1309 - Basic Computer-Aided Drafting

3

DFTG 1325 - Blueprint Reading and Sketching

3
SECOND SEMESTER

DFTG 1333 - Mechanical Drafting

3

DFTG 1317 Architectural Drafting - Residential

3

DFTG 1330 - Civil Drafting

3
THIRD SEMESTER  

DFTG 2317 - Descriptive Geometry

3

DFTG 2319 - Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting

3
DRAFTING AND DESIGN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY - CERTIFICATE 1
CREDIT HOURS
 24

 

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate costs including tuition and fees for the Degree program are $4,200 for in-district students, $6,960 for those out-of-district, and $9,840 for non-residents. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $828. 

Yearly costs including tuition and fees for the Certificate 2 program are approximately $2,200 for in-district students, $3,600 for those out-of-district, and $5,000 for non-residents.  Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $515. 

Approximate costs including tuition and fees for the Certificate 1 program are $1,200 for in-district students, $1,900 for those out-of-district, and $2,600 for non-residents.  

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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