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Top Schools for Drafting and Design Engineering

Learn about programs in drafting and design engineering, available at community and 4-year colleges and universities. Find out about degree options at four leading institutions, and see a list of other schools in the U.S. that provide training for drafters and design engineers. View article »

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Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Architectural Drafting and Design
  • CAD Drafting and Design Technology
  • Civil Engineering Drafting and Design
  • Mechanical Drafting and Design

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Drafting programs provide students with training in computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), through which students learn how to develop technical plans and drawings for products. In design engineering programs, students learn how to develop or modify designs based upon size, materials, weight, shape and cost.

Relevant programs are most commonly offered at state universities, community colleges and technical schools. Murray State University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Johnson and Wales University, and Chesapeake College are schools with programs in this field.

Two of the four schools offer both associate's and bachelor's degree programs in CAD design and technology or engineering design; non-degree certificates or a letter of recognition in the field are also featured. These schools offer comprehensive programs and graduates are well-prepared for entry-level jobs or further education in related topics.

Two of the schools were also regionally ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

Murray State University in Murray, KY

Murray State University was ranked #35 in top schools in the South by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.

This university offers a Bachelor of Science in Drafting and Design program that prepares students to work with architects and engineers in the fields of construction and manufacturing.

Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA

The Pennsylvania College of Technology, an affiliate of Pennsylvania State University, provides students with training in applied technologies. The college offers an Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Design Technology.

Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI

Located in Providence, Rhode Island, Johnson & Wales University offers an associate's degree in computerized drafting, which can lead into a bachelor's degree in engineering design and configuration management.

In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked Johnson & Wales among the best 100 regional universities in the North.

Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD

Chesapeake College, the first regional community college in the state of Maryland, allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Engineering with a focus in drafting and design. The school also offers a certificate program in drafting and design, as well as a program that leads to a Letter of Recognition in the field.

Each of these programs prepares students for entry-level jobs as drafters or CAD operators.

Top Drafting and Design Engineering Schools

There are other notable schools with educational offerings in drafting and design engineering.

School Name Distinction Location
Crowder College Programs are designed for transfer to 4-year schools Neosho, MO
Eldon Career Center Tuition discounts for seniors Eldon, MO
Mesa Community College Early college programs for high school students Mesa, AZ
Northern Essex Community College Job placement assistance Haverhill, MA
Salt Lake Community College Evening classes available Salt Lake City, UT
University of Alaska Anchorage Largest university in Alaska Anchorage, AK

Students who are interested in drafting and design engineering technology can find relevant undergraduate programs in the field, which can lead to higher degree programs or entry-level employment in the architecture or engineering industry.

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