Learn CAD with our Engineering Graphics program
The State-of-the-Art Engineering Graphics Program at RRCC
There is no limit to where this technology is going! Jump on board now in Engineering Graphics Technology. You can earn an Associate of Applied Science with an emphasis on Architectural, Civil or Mechanical drafting here, and certificates in Architectural, Mechanical, and Civil are also available. If you are new to the field, this program will prepare you for employment.
If you are currently working in the field, you can use it to upgrade or advance your knowledge and skills. In the latter case, prerequisites may be waived for previous experience, and course sequencing can be tailored to meet your skills and schedule needs. In addition to specific design skills, special attention is paid to developing your abilities in communication, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork-all critical success factors in this field. The Engineering Graphics program is located at the Lakewood campus, first floor, room 1103. Classes are from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Wednesday. Night classes are Monday thru Thursday 5 - 9 p.m.
What Design Drafters Do
Traditionally, design drafters have used "board skill" to draw blueprints with pencil and ink, compasses, protractors, dividers and triangles. Today, the industry demands these and computer-aided design drafting (CADD) skills. CADD forms the foundation for drafting standards, conventions, layouts, designs and details of working drawings and models. Architectural drafters draw architectural and structural features of buildings. Mechanical drafters draft detailed machinery and mechanical device working drawings showing dimensions and tolerances, fasteners and joining requirements and other data. About one third of design drafters work for engineering and architectural firms; a third work in manufacturing and the remaining third tend to work in construction, communication, utility and personnel supply services. Some work for state or local governments.
Building things, from the smallest pieces of machinery to the tallest skyscraper, home or shopping complex, requires detailed planning. At the heart of the planning is the production of precise drawings and specifications that show the technical details of products and structures typically designed by engineers or architects. These display the scale, dimensions, types of materials to be used and procedures to be followed during construction or production. If you're a person who is artistic, detail-oriented, likes math and can visualize objects in two or three dimensions, you might be interested doing this kind of work as a design drafter.
The Student Experience:
The faculty-student ratio is small, encouraging an interactive classroom atmosphere. Our Faculty here has much enthusiasm and the students benefit by our dynamic part-time faculty who works in the local industries and uses their expertise / experiences to bring our students real-world education.
The Engineering Graphics Technology program offers Associate of Science degrees, and certificates. This program prepares you for employment as a design drafter. Prerequisites may be waived or challenged for previous educational, occupational or related experience. The curricula are designed to develop communication, leadership, and critical thinking skills. The classroom setting will provide experience in the team approach to problem solving. You will use CADD (Computer-Aided Design Drafting) to form the foundation for drafting standards, conventions, layouts, designs, and details of working drawings and models. Specifications, handbooks, and technical data applicable to engineering graphics are emphasized. Lab fees are assessed. Consult with an Engineering Graphics Technology faculty advisor with any questions you may have at 303.914.6572. Students must earn a “C” or better in all courses to graduate.
- Engineering Graphics Architectural AAS Degree
- Engineering Graphics Mechanical AAS Degree
- Architectural Certificate
- Civil Certificate
- Mechanical Certificate
- Intro to AutoCAD Certificate
- Revit Certificate
- SolidWorks Certificate
- Sustainable Design Applications Certificate
Career Paths / Options in Engineering Graphics Technology
- Architectural Draftsperson
- Electronic Draftsperson
- Mechanical Draftsperson
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