Engineering Design Graphics Mechanical 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 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

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
5DFT-M

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
DFTG 1305 Introduction to Technical Drawing 3
DFTG 1409 Basic Computer-Aided Drafting 4
Speech 3
 Credits10
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
DFTG 2450 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 4
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher)
or College Algebra
3
 Credits15
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 2
or Final Project - Advanced Drafting
3
 Credits11
 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.