Engineering Design Graphics Architectural/Civil/Structural Specialty, Level 2 Certificate

Program Information

All successful projects start with a good plan. For architects, engineering designers, CAD drafters, and builders, that plan comes in the form of working drawings produced by technically talented and well-trained individuals. If you have a desire to express your knowledge through computer-aided design software, San Jacinto College can give you the skills you need to make your way into this exciting field. This degree allows you to pursue careers that strike a satisfying balance between creativity, technical proficiency, and attention to detail. You can make yourself an indispensable asset in a variety of fields, such as architecture, manufacturing, engineering, construction, and the oil and gas industry, with a degree in engineering design graphics.

Central campus offers Engineering Design Graphics foundation courses: DFTG 1305 Introduction to Technical Drawing, DFTG 1409 Basic Computer-Aided Drafting, and DFTG 2317 Descriptive Geometry. Classes will be held in Building 45, the Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology building. Students can check the online Schedule of Classes for days and times.

The Engineering Design Graphics program at San Jacinto College:

  • Trains students to translate the ideas of designers, engineers, and architects from rough sketches, design layouts, specifications, and calculations into working drawings, maps, plans, illustrations, and 3D models; and
  • Offers students the skills needed to prepare technical drawings and/or 3D models using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), design, and 3D modeling software.

Students must select from one of the three areas:

  1. Architectural/Civil/Structural,
  2. Mechanical, and
  3. Petrochemical.

Career Opportunities

Growth in Houston’s diversified job markets has created employment openings for drafters. Career opportunities for drafters are available in:

  • Architecture;
  • Engineering: Electrical, Instrumentation, Structural, Civil;
  • Manufacturing;
  • Oil, Energy, and Petrochemical; and
  • Public Works.

Earning Potential

Architectural drafter: $61,2261 per year

For more information, students may contact North campus, 281-998-6150, x7765; and South campus, 281-998-6150, x3587.


Central Campus
North Campus
South Campus



San Jacinto College offers three Level 2 Certificates, including: Architectural/Civil/Structural, Mechanical, and Petro/Industrial. The Level 2 Certificate is comprised of 45 semester credit hours (SCH) of Engineering Design Graphics (EDG) technical coursework, three (3) SCH of mathematics, and three (3) SCH of Speech for a total of 51 SCH. This is a fast-track award for those wishing to concentrate their studies in EDG and enter the job market as soon as possible.

Plan of Study

Central, North, and South campuses

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
DFTG 1305 Introduction to Technical Drawing 3
DFTG 1409 Basic Computer-Aided Drafting 4
Speech 3
Second Term
ARCE 1421 Architectural Illustration 4
DFTG 1417 Architectural Drafting-Residential 4
DFTG 2317 Descriptive Geometry 3
Third Term
ARCE 1452 Structural Drafting 4
DFTG 2421 Topographic Drafting 4
DFTG 2428 Architectural Drafting-Commercial 4
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher)
or College Algebra
Fourth Term
ARCE 1415 Structural Steel Detailing 4
DFTG 1430 Civil Drafting I 4
DFTG 2431 Advanced Technologies in Architectural Design and Drafting 4
DFTG 2386
Internship-Drafting and Design Technology/Technician 1
or Final Project - Advanced Drafting
 Total Credits51

Capstone Experience:1 DFTG 2386 Internship-Drafting and Design Technology/Technician or DFTG 2338 Final Project - Advanced Drafting

Courses may be applied to earn the certificate of technology, then the level 2 certificate, and finally the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree when the courses are in the same specialty discipline.

Courses do not have to be taken in this order, unless a course has a prerequisite. 

For more detailed information on this program, contact the Department Chair or faculty.