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Computer-Aided Design Operator/Drafting Certificate Level I: Mechanical, Manufacturing, Product Design

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The mechanical design technology associate of applied science degree program prepares graduates for entry-level careers as engineering design technologist. Courses within the program include technical design applications, computer-aided design software and customization, solid modeling design, applied strength of materials, statics, technical specialty courses, and general academic courses.

The mechanical design technology associate of applied science degree is awarded for successful completion of the 60 semester credit hours required in degree plans. Students specialize in Mechanical Design Technology. Students desiring a less comprehensive program may consider the computer-aided design operator/drafting certificate. This certificate program includes 30 semester credit hours of required technical courses.

Graduates of the mechanical design technology associate of applied science degree possess the technical skills and knowledge to perform essential design layout, prepare supporting documentation, and create finished engineering documentation for production in the engineering or manufacturing industries. A wide variety of employment opportunities are available to graduates.

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Please e-mail Michael.L.Young@LoneStar.edu, call 832.920.5062 for more information.

LSC-North Harris

Please e-mail Ibrahim Elsamahy at Ibrahim.M.Elsamahy@LoneStar.edu or call 281.618.5667 for more information.

LSC-University Park

Please e-mail William Stewart at William.B.Stewart@lonestar.edu or call 281.290.1865 for more information.

Stackable Credentials

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward a Mechanical Design Technology AAS Degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 9 Credits
DFTG 1305 Technical Drafting 3
DFTG 1309 Basic Computer-Aided Drafting 3
Elective Discipline Track1 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
Elective Discipline Track1 3
Elective Discipline Track1 3
DFTG 2319 Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting 3
DFTG 2340 Solid Modeling & Design 3
Third Semester Courses 6 Credits
DFTG 2335 Advanced Technologies in Mechanical Design 2 3
Elective Discipline Track1 3
DFTG 1391-or-DFTG 2338-or-ENTC 2380 Special Topics in Drafting and Design Technology3-or-Final Project - Advanced Drafting3-or-Co-op Engineering Technology Technician3 3
Computer-Aided Design (Mechanical, Manufacturing, Product Design Track) Operator/Drafting Certificate Program Total 30 Credits


  1. Students must take the following required courses:
    MCHN 1319 - Manufacturing Materials and Processes
    DFTG 2302 - Machine Drafting
    Students must choose two courses from the following:
    DFTG 1391 - Special topics in Drafting and Design Technology
    DFTG 2323 - Pipe Drafting
    ELPT 1311 - Basic Electrical Theory
    ELPT 1341 - Motor Control
    ELPT 1351 - Electrical Machines
    INMT 1311 - Computer Integrated Manufacturing
    METL 1301 - Introduction to Metallurgy
  2. Required only for students completing Track 2:  Mechanical, Manufacturing, Product Design.
  3. Capstone course

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Career Options

Wages vary by position title and credentials.

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • CAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer)2
  • Mechanical Designer2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.