Engineering and drafting technicians work with and provide technical support to licensed engineers and surveyors. Technicians prepare design drawings and assist with field work.
The coursework for the one-year certificate includes five computer-aided-design courses using AutoCAD, Civil3D, and SolidWorks software; beginning GIS course; introductory surveying class; introductory engineering courses; basic spreadsheets for engineering applications; basic writing courses; and math through trigonometry.
A completion certificate is awarded once all required courses, electives and general education requirements are successfully completed. The curriculum also encompasses the courses required for pathways certificates in drafting, surveying, and water quality pathways certificates.
The required courses in this program are included in the Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology degree, so any student who wishes may continue in the two-year AAS program.
The one-year complete certificate can also serve as a pre-engineering program, for the students that may want to continue in the Engineering Transfer program.
Average beginning salaries for engineering and drafting technicians are generally in the range of $13.50 to $18.50 per hour depending on experience and other factors. Job demand for trained workers in this field is related to the amount of construction and development that is occurring in the area. People interested in this career field should be prepared to consider the possibility of relocating to gain initial experience, as this is a high demand position in areas where significant development is occurring.
Other Degrees & Certificates at UCC
- Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology: AAS
- Drafting Pathways Certificate
- Water Quality Pathways Certificate
- Surveying & Geomatics: AS
- Surveying Pathways Certificate
Engineering technology faculty members at UCC have practical experience working in business and industry. They bring their real world experience into the classroom. Faculty members network with employers, and are able to work cooperatively with the UCC Advising and Career Center to assist you in finding internships and permanent employment.
Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Clay Baumgartner, PE - Contact
Chair, Associate Professor, Engineering / Surveying & CIS