Engineering Design Graphics Mechanical Specialty, Certificate of Technology

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 new Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology building. Students can check the online Schedule of Classes for days and times.

The Engineering Design Graphics (EDG) 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;
  • Offers students the skills needed to prepare technical drawings and/or 3D models using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), design, and 3D modeling software; and
  • Offers degree plans in three areas:
    1. Architectural/Civil/Structural
    2. Mechanical
    3. Petro/Industrial

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

Mechanical drafter: $61,3321 per year

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

Campuses

Central Campus
North Campus
South Campus

Information

A certificate of technology focuses on 41 semester credit hours of technical course work. This is a fast-track award for those wishing to concentrate their studies in engineering design graphics and enter the job market as soon as possible. San Jacinto College offers three certificates of technology, including:

  1. Architectural/Civil/Structural,
  2. Mechanical, and
  3. Petro-Industrial.

Plan of Study

Central, North, and South campuses
4DFT-M

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
DFTG 1305 Introduction to Technical Drawing 3
DFTG 1409 Basic Computer-Aided Drafting 4
 Credits7
Second Term
DFTG 1433 Mechanical Drafting 4
DFTG 1445 Parametric Modeling and Design 4
DFTG 2317 Descriptive Geometry 3
DFTG 2440 Solid Modeling/Design 4
 Credits15
Third Term
DFTG 2402 Machine Drafting 4
DFTG 2406 Machine Design 4
 Credits8
Fourth Term
DFTG 2435 Advanced Technologies in Mechanical Design and Drafting 4
DFTG 2458 Advanced Machine Design 4
DFTG 2386
Internship-Drafting and Design Technology/Technician 1
or Final Project - Advanced Drafting
3
 Credits11
 Total Credits41

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

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.