Engineering: Drafting Technology Certificate

The non-transfer Certificate 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 toward the related Associates Degree and potential transfer of units to 4-year degree programs in Civil or Mechanical Engineering, Surveying or other Engineering programs.


Design Your Future!

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
Spring Semester 1
ENGR-155 Computer Aided Drafting II 3
ENGR-756 SolidWorks I (formerly ENGR-156) 3
Fall Semester 2
ENGR-757 Microstation I (formerly ENGR-157) 3
 Total Units17
Course Title Credits
Required Core 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 from 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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Note: There are no guaranteed positions for students completing these programs. Education and work experience required will vary by employer. The salary and benefits for specific occupations will be dependent on work experience, education, background, and employer.

Gainful Employment Disclosures: Engineering: Drafting Technology

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2021 




This program is designed to be completed in 8 months 

This program will cost $828 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.   


Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.   


The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California 

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Cost per unit $46 

Parking Permits cost $68 a year or $34 a semester  

RTA Go Pass cost $12 a year or $6 a semester  

SGA discount sticker (optional) - $14 a year or $7 a semester  

Student representation fee (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester  

Help a Student Fund (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester  

Student Health Center Fee - $44 a year or $22 a semester 

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