Engineering Design Graphics Architectural/Civil/Structural Specialty, Associate of Applied Science


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

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
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
Second Term
DFTG 1417 Architectural Drafting-Residential 4
ARCE 1421 Architectural Illustration 4
DFTG 2317 Descriptive Geometry 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Speech Communication  
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication  
Business and Professional Speech  
Voice and Diction  
Summer Year One Term
Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History 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 2430 Civil Drafting 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 Credits60

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.