The mission of the Drafting and Design Engineering Technology Program is to provide the most current technical training in Architectural or Engineering Design Drafting disciplines. Our mission includes providing industry specific, discipline skills training, in order to prepare students to enter the existing technical workforce, and/or encourage further growth in the Architectural or Engineering Design fields through entrance into a bachelor degree program or higher.

Degrees and Certificates

Drafting and Design Engineering Technology - General Drafting - AAS

Computer-Aided Drafting-General Drafting - certificate

Drafting and Design Engineering Technology-Architectural Drafting Specialization - AAS

Computer-Aided Drafting-Architectural Drafting Specialization - Certificate

Drafting and Design Engineering Technology-Civil Design Specialization - AAS

Computer Aided Drafting-Civil/Structural Drafting Specialization - Certificate

Drafting and Design Engineering Technology-Electrical Design Specialization - AAS

Computer-Aided Drafting-Electro-Mechanical Design Specialization - certificate

Drafting and Design Engineering Technology - Piping Design Specialization - AAS

Computer-Aided Drafting - Piping Design Specialization - Certificate

Drafting and Design Engineering Technology-Mechanical Design Specialization - AAS

Program Information

General Requirements

 

The Drafting and Design Engineering Technology program offers the technical training necessary for students choosing a drafting/design career in the fields of architecture, construction, manufacturing, and engineering. This program provides a strong academic and technical base, giving the graduate the needed skills and knowledge for immediate employment and the foundation for professional growth. It also provides professional growth for the experienced drafter/designer needing academic enrichment and knowledge of computer-aided drafting technology.


Advanced placement credit (21 credit hours max) is available to students who can provide written documentation of a minimum of two years, continuous related industry experience within the past ten years. This advanced placement credit is awarded after the student completes 9 semester hours at HCC.

This program provides a strong academic and technical base, giving the graduate the needed skills and knowledge for immediate employment and the foundation for professional growth. It also provides professional growth for the experienced drafter/designer needing academic enrichment and knowledge of computer-aided drafting technology.

Advanced placement credit (21 credit hours max) is available to students who can provide written documentation of a minimum of two years, continuous related industry experience within the past ten years. This advanced placement credit is awarded after the student completes 9 semester hours at HCC.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows students to earn only one AAS in Drafting and Design Engineering Technology. Students must choose one of the following four specializations: General Computer-Aided Design Drafting, Building Design Drafting, Mechanical Design, ELECTRO-MECHANICAL DESIGN or Piping Design Drafting.

Likewise the THECB allows students to earn only one Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting. Students must choose from one of the following five specializations: Computer-Aided Drafting-General Drafting, Architectural Drafting, Civil Drafting, Machine Drafting, ELECTRO-MECHANICAL DRAFTING or Pipe Drafting.

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to

  • Produce technical drawings using geometric construction techniques.
  • Apply dimensional concepts, in accordance with industry standards, in the production of technical drawings that are of the appropriate scale and proportion.
  • Identify, analyze, and categorize complex twodimensional models and three-dimensional models in the planning of a drawing solution.
  • Utilize computer-aided design software in the production of civil, electrical, mechanical, or architectural drawings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of design industry standards in the production of civil, electrical, mechanical, or architectural drawings.

Employment

 

There are 1,670 Electrical Drafters,1,974 Mechanical Drafters, 4,312 Architectural Drafters,and 4,312 Civil Drafters employed In the Greater Houston Area. These numbers are expected to increase from 2.9- 5.6% over the next four years.

  • Median Wages - $23.98-32.09 hourly, $50,000-67,000 annually

Continuing Education Programs

Continuing Education certificates offer contact hours, not academic credit. One Continuing Education Unit, or CEU, is 10 contact hours of successful participation/completion in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. CEUs are not substituted for college credit hours, but rather are a means of reporting continuing education activities. Transcripts listing CEU credits satisfactorily completed are available on request. CEUs are recognized internationally as a measure of substantial professional education and training.

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