Engineering Design Graphics Petro/Industrial Specialty, Associate of Applied Science
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 Technical Drafting, 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:
Growth in Houston’s diversified job markets has created employment openings for drafters. Career opportunities for drafters are available in:
- Engineering: Electrical, Instrumentation, Structural, Civil;
- Oil, Energy, and Petrochemical; and
- Public Works.
Pipe drafter median salary: $45,805 per year1
Source: texaswages.com, Gulf Coast region, 2018
For more information, students may contact North campus, 281-998-6150, x7765; and South campus, 281-998-6150, x3587.
Engineering Design Graphics (EDG) is a technical field where engineering data is communicated through drawings and three-dimensional models. Drafters provide support to designers, architects, and all types of engineers, preparing documentation and creating finished drawings for production in the engineering, construction, or manufacturing industries. Drafters translate the ideas of engineers and architects from rough sketches, design layouts, specifications, and calculations into working drawings, maps, plans, illustrations, and 3D models that are used in producing marketable products. They prepare drawings and/or 3D models using computer-aided drafting, design, and 3D modeling software in the fields of mechanical, petrochemical, architectural, civil, and structural.
The EDG department provides several certificate levels and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree options. Working with local industry, courses have been clustered into specialty disciplines that provide concentration in specific areas of study. They include: Architectural/Civil/Structural, Mechanical, and Petro/Industrial.
Plan of Study
North and South campuses
|DFTG 1305||Technical Drafting||3|
|DFTG 1409||Basic Computer-Aided Drafting||4|
|Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts)||3|
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
|DFTG 2317||Descriptive Geometry||3|
|DFTG 2421||Topographic Drafting||4|
|DFTG 2423||Pipe Drafting||4|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Speech Communication|
|Business and Professional Speech|
|Summer Year One Term|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History||3|
|ARCE 1452||Structural Drafting||4|
|DFTG 2407||Electrical Drafting||4|
|DFTG 2445||Advanced Pipe Drafting||4|
or MATH 1314
|Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher)
or College Algebra
|DFTG 2408||Instrumentation Drafting||4|
|DFTG 2430||Civil Drafting||4|
|DFTG 2457||Advanced Technologies in Pipe Design and Drafting||4|
or DFTG 2338
|Internship-Drafting and Design Technology/Technician 1
or Final Project - Advanced Drafting
The course selected to satisfy the Capstone Experience (DFTG 2386 Internship-Drafting and Design Technology/Technician or DFTG 2338 Final Project - Advanced Drafting) can only be taken during, or after, the term in which the last required and elective engineering design graphics courses are completed.
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.