How to Choose a College for a Mechanical Drafting Bachelor's Degree

Dec 03, 2019

Mechanical drafting bachelor's degree programs train students in technical drawing, design, modeling and descriptive geometry. Though they are available, bachelor's degree programs in mechanical drafting are rare; more often than not, students complete an associate degree program in mechanical drafting or a bachelor's degree program in engineering.

Mechanical drafting bachelor's degree programs are available at a select few 4-year universities and colleges through their drafting and design, engineering and technology departments.

10 Mechanical Drafting Schools

The following schools are among the 4-year institutions offering bachelor's degrees in mechanical drafting:

College/University Location Institution Type Undergraduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI 4-year, Public $12,508
Idaho State University Pocatello, ID 4-year, Public $7,420 (In-state) $22,940 (Out-of-state)
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 4-year, Public $9,465 (In-state) $29,821 (Out-of-state)
Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston, ID 4-year, Public $6,618 (In-state) $19,236 (Out-of-state)
Murray State University Murray, KY 4-year, Public $9,084 (In-state) $24,540 (Out-of-state)
National University La Jolla, CA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $13,320
Trine University Angola, IN 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $32,176
University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO 4-year, Public $7,673 (In-state) $14,442 (Out-of-state)
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI 4-year, Public $12,483 (In-state) $15,373 (Out-of-state)
Hodges University Naples, FL 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $14,180

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Students may want to consider the following when choosing a mechanical drafting school:

  • Students seeking a bachelor's degree in mechanical drafting may want to check to see if a program is accredited by an industry-recognized association.
  • Some schools may offer more up-to-date technology and programs, which can be important for students in this technology-driven field.
  • Internship opportunities that can provide additional and valuable experience may be offered, although they are rare.
  • Students may want to consider a school's career placement programs to assist in post-graduate plans.

Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Drafting

A bachelor's degree program in mechanical drafting prepares students for careers that use CAD software to create and develop automated systems and equipment. Programs focus on theory and lab work. Upon completion of the program, graduates typically work on an engineering team as a CAD operator, CAD drafter, design engineer or design drafter.

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical drafting may consider a program's accreditation, the technology studied and more when choosing which school to attend. These degree programs are available at private and public schools.

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