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Drafting and Design Engineering Technology
Drafting and design engineering technologists prepare detailed drawings based on information, rough sketches, specifications, calculations and estimates prepared by other individuals or teams. They may also be involved in recommending required strength, type, and quantity of materials needed for a project.  Design engineering technicians may choose to specialize in the design of tools, machines or products for structural, electrical, civil or mechanical systems.  They typically represent their proposals and recommendation in a graphic format, either through manual drawings or computer-aided design (CAD) systems. Some drafting and design technologists also create engineering and architectural drawings and models, including technical manuals and illustrations.

Those interested in a career in design and drafting engineering technology should consider reviewing engineering technology programs that are accredited by ABET, Inc. However, there are many ET programs not yet accredited by ABET, so check with your local community college or university for more information. If you choose to attend a program that is not ABET accredited, you should be sure that the university is regionally accredited. Students take courses such as geometry, statics and strengths of materials, 3D modeling, CAD/CAM, graphical presentations and kinematics. The
following is a current list of the universities offering accredited degree programs in design and drafting engineering technology (both mechanical and general). 


Professional Organizations

American Design Drafting Association



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