Engineering: Drafting Technology, A.S.

The non-transfer Associates Degree in Engineering: Drafting Technology is designed to prepare students for entry into careers as an Engineering Technician, Survey Technician, CAD technician, or Geographic Information Systems Technician. The program provides students a strong background in engineering drawing technologies (e.g. CAD), engineering standards and practices, engineering data gathering, analysis, and composition of engineering reports. Students will learn how to apply engineering problem solving and design processes, while working as an individual and collaborating in teams. Field exercises, apprenticeships/internships and practical guidance on special topics and projects provide students with real-world practical experience. Students who want to continue their education for greater salary and career advancement may use this program as a stepping stone potential transfer of units to 4-year degree programs in Civil or Mechanical Engineering, Surveying or other Engineering programs. 


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Begin by exploring MSJC program maps to find a career or transfer opportunities.  Program maps show the recommended sequence of courses that lead to graduation or transfer. The maps were developed by program experts to give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.    

  • Starting in Spring? Choose Fall Semester 1 courses.   
  • Are you a part-time student?  Start Fall Semester 1 courses and follow the course sequence.
Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGR-154 Computer Aided Drafting I 3
PHOT-125 Digital Photography Production I 3
ENGR-180 Introduction to Engineering 2
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
CSCR-116 Integrative Career/Life Planning (formerly GUID-116) 3
Spring Semester 1
ENGR-155 Computer Aided Drafting II 3
ENGR-121 Introduction to Engineering Design 3
COMM-103 Interpersonal Communication 3
MATH-105 College Algebra 4
Introduction to Engineering Design
or Plane Surveying I
Fall Semester 2
Electronics for Engineering Technologists (formerly ENGR-522)
or Plane Surveying II (formerly ENGR-165)
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
Beginning Drawing
or 2D Design
ENGR-549 Cooperative Work Experience: Engineering Technology (formerly ENGR-149) 2
Legal Aspects of Surveying (formerly ENGR-166)
or SolidWorks I (formerly ENGR-156)
Spring Semester 2
GEOG-101 Physical Geography 3
ANTH-102 Cultural Anthropology 3
PS-103 Ethnic Politics in America 3
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
or Microstation I (formerly ENGR-157)
Global Positioning Systems for Surveying (formerly ENGR-167 Global Positioning Systems)
or Computer Integrated Manufacturing (formerly ENGR-123)
 Total Units60

 Other Notes: Surveying, Land Use, GIS electives: ENGR-164, ENGR 565, ENGR 566, ENGR 567, and GEOG 515. Drafting Specialist electives: ENGR-121, ENGR 756, ENGR 757. Electronics/Electrical Design electives: ENGR-121, ENGR-122, ENGR 523

An Associate Degree in this program requires students to follow MSJC's General Education, Option A and complete all general education areas, all major requirements, and complete an overall total of 60 degree applicable units with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Course Title Credits
MSJC General Education Option A24
Required Engineering Courses11
Electives Engineering Courses6
Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ENGR-154Computer Aided Drafting I3
ENGR-155Computer Aided Drafting II3
PHOT-125Digital Photography Production I3
ENGR-180Introduction to Engineering2
Elective Courses
Select 6 units of the following:6
SolidWorks I (formerly ENGR-156)
Microstation I (formerly ENGR-157)
Plane Surveying I
Plane Surveying II (formerly ENGR-165)
Legal Aspects of Surveying (formerly ENGR-166)
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
Global Positioning Systems for Surveying (formerly ENGR-167 Global Positioning Systems)
Strength of Materials (formerly Strength and Materials)
Introduction to Engineering Design
Electronics for Engineering Technologists (formerly ENGR-522)
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (formerly ENGR-123)
Civil Engineering and Architecture (formerly ENGR-524)
Cooperative Work Experience: Engineering Technology (formerly ENGR-149)
Special Projects: Engineering
Total Units17

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