Drafting and Design Career Training in Oklahoma City, OK

Nov 20, 2018

The Oklahoma City area has seven colleges that offer drafting and design programs. Learn about the career training programs, admission info, and program requirements for three of these schools, all 10 miles or less from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Oklahoma City Schools with Drafting and Design Training

Students interested in drafting and design may benefit from programs in architectural technology and computer-aided design (CAD) training. Graduates can often find employment in the fields of construction, drafting, and architectural design. This article looks at three schools within 15 minutes of downtown and the CAD programs they offer. It also includes information useful to individuals who are considering schools, such as enrollment, tuition, graduation rate and percentage of first-year students getting financial aid. At the end of the article is an extensive listing of other area schools that offer relevant training.

  • The Metro Technology Center is about six miles from downtown Oklahoma City. It offers career training programs to adults and high school students and has a training program for those interested in architectural CAD and design technology.
  • Located in Midwest City is Oklahoma City Community College, a 2-year institution with certificate and associate's degree programs in CAD design. This school is approximately 10 miles from downtown.
  • Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City is a branch campus of Oklahoma State University, less than one mile from downtown Oklahoma City. It has an associate's degree in architectural technology with concentrations that highlight pre-architecture and CAD design.

Comparison of Schools

The following table contains important information about these schools that prospective students can utilize to help them choose the best fit for them.

Metro Technology Centers Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 4-year, primarily associate's; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 1,188* 12,342* 5,839*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $2,575, in-state;
$6,695 out-of-state*
$3,909, in-state;
$9,442, out-of-state*
$3,836, in-state;
$10,574, out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 52%* 63%* 76%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admission policy N/A - open admission policy N/A - open admission policy
Retention Rate (2017) 48% for full-time students;
35% for part-time students*
46% for full-time students;
36% for part-time students*
N/A*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 52% (for those who began their studies in 2014)* 9%; 12% transfer-out rate (for those who began their studies in 2014)* 7%; 30% transfer-out rate (for those who began their studies in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Metro Technology Centers.

Metro Technology Center

Metro Technology Center offers a number of technical degree programs, which can translate into college credit for students interested in earning associate's degrees. Graduates of the CAD design architectural technician program can matriculate to the CAD design associate's degree at Oklahoma City Community College.

Architectural Computer-Aided Drafting Technician Training Program

The manual sketching and parametric solid modeling techniques used in this CAD architectural technician program meet professional industry standards set by the American Institute of Architects. This program takes 1,030 hours to complete. Some of the required courses include document management, CAD for architecture design, and building information modeling.

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) is about ten miles south of downtown and has associate's degree and certificate programs that educate students in using the CAD tool, which is often helpful in drafting and design. Students with CAD training can work in the engineering, architecture, construction, and design industries. OCCC has cooperative agreements for college credit with Metro Technology Center, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, and Moore Norman Technology Center.

Certificate in Computer-Aided Design

This 19-credit certificate program is designed for aspiring professionals and those currently working in architecture and engineering. The program generally takes 2-3 semesters to complete; courses cover engineering principles, CAD 3D modeling, and CAD applications. Students can also opt to complete a CAD practicum.

Associate in Applied Science in Computer-Aided Design

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program in CAD trains learners to use, design, and maintain a CAD system. In addition to the requirements in the certificate program, students complete major courses in manufacturing materials, design mechanics, and digital fabrication. A practicum is available, and a CAD design project must be completed during the final semester.

Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City

Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City (OSU - OKC) offers mainly associate's degree programs and has around 50 A.A.S. degree programs. Drafting and design training at the university is provided through the science and engineering division.

Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Technology (Pre-Architecture and CAD Architecture)

This A.A.S. degree program in architectural technology OSU - OKC teaches drafting, documentation and building design methods. Graduates can work as architectural technicians in construction, engineering, and architectural firms. They can also find employment as drafters, estimators, planners, and inspectors. Students who pursue the CAD architecture emphasis must complete 66 credits, and class topics include systems and materials, construction drawing, and CAD applications. Additional requirements include graphic communications and construction specifications.

Other School Options

Several career technology centers in the Oklahoma City area have drafting and design programs. Francis Tuttle Technology Center is situated in Oklahoma City and has a CAD and drafting training program that introduces students to current engineering principles and complex applications, using state-of-the-art equipment. Located about 18 miles from Oklahoma City in Norman is Moore Norman Technology Center. This school has a CAD design and drafting program. Students completing these programs can earn credits toward the A.A.S. program in architectural technology through a cooperative agreement with OSU - OKC.

Canadian Valley Technology Center is in El Reno, OK, and offers a CAD and design career program. Rose State College is about 10 miles from Oklahoma City in Midwest City and offers an A.A.S. degree program in applied technology. Rose State has cooperative agreements with Metro Technology Center and Moore Norman Technology Center. Students completing CAD and design career training programs from these schools can earn college credits for transfer to the A.A.S. degree program at Rose State.

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