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



Program Pathway

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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

Earned credits can be applied toward a Mechanical Design Technology AAS Degree.


Program Details

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 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.


Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

Tuition rates are based on residency. Get an estimate of your costs by using the Tuition & Fees chart. If you need assistance paying for college, financial aid is available in the form of book advances, grants, scholarships, loans, and more.

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