There is only one public and one for-profit institution located directly in Omaha, NE, that provide studies in drafting and design. Based on school type, student population and number of awards granted in the field of study, the following college is considered a top Omaha institution for drafting and design programs:
- Winner: Metropolitan Community College is the only public school and the largest postsecondary institution in Omaha offering drafting and design programs. Students can choose from among two associate's degrees and various certificate programs.
School Info Chart
|Category||Metropolitan Community College|
|Distinction||One of Nebraska's fastest-growing postsecondary institutions*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $2,610 (in state); $3,803 (out-of-state)**|
|Drafting and Design Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Drafting and Design Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||32**|
|Most Popular Drafting and Design Award in 2012-2013||Certificate (22 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||12%**|
|Noteworthy||Lab studies in drafting and design simulate real-life work settings*|
Sources: *Metropolitan Community College; **NCES College Navigator
Metropolitan Community College
- 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Students are taught with the latest architectural design software
- College maintains articulation agreements with colleges and universities within and outside of Nebraska
Metropolitan Community College (MCC) serves Nebraska's Dodge, Douglas, Washington and Sarpy counties through more than 100 programs of study. MCC offers programs in subjects ranging from art to UNIX/LINUX operating systems and enrolls well over 15,000 students annually. MCC offers programs in both mechanical design and architectural design technology through its Department of Applied Technology.
The 99-credit Associate in Applied Science in Mechanical Design Technology program is a drafting program for students who want to aid in the design of machinery or manufacturing apparatus. Traditional manual drafting topics such as tolerancing and geometric dimensioning are covered. Computer-aided drafting and modeling software packages such as AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks and Pro/ENGINEER are taught in-depth. The Certificate of Achievement in Mechanical Design Technology requires the completion of 49.5 credits and offers many of the same CAD courses but does not have general education requirements. Three 27-credit certificate programs are also offered in computer-aided design, computer-aided drafting and computer-aided manufacturing design.
The Associate in Applied Science in Architectural Design Technology program consists of 97 credit hours, of which 65.5 are in major-specific courses. The computer-aided drafting and design software programs covered are AutoCAD, Revit and 3-D Studio Max. Students learn about the specifications, codes, structure, plumbing and wiring of a variety of construction types, such as commercial, high rise and wood frame. A 26-credit career certificate in architectural imaging consists of six courses addressing beginning and intermediate topics in AutoCAD.