Drafting and Design Engineering Technology
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
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
offering accredited degree programs in
design and drafting engineering technology
(both mechanical and general).
Design Drafting Association