Engineering Graphics and Design Technology

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Program Overview

Degrees & Certificates

With fewer than 20 credits, short-term certificate programs generally cover an entry-level or specific skill set needed for that industry. Credits earned in these programs may apply toward a next-level certificate or degree. Typically offered in a condensed time period.

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  • Credits to complete: 19.0
  • Estimated program length in quarters: Full Time - NA | Part Time - 4

Get Both Industry-Standard & Cutting-Edge Training in Engineering Graphics and Design Technology

Printer-friendly Program Planning Guides for Engineering Graphics and Design Programs:

Architecture/Engineering Drafting AAS

Architecture Engineering Drafting Certificate

Advanced Design for Manufacturing Certificate

Building Information Modeling Certificate

CAD for Construction and Design Certificate

In the last few decades, technical drafting has undergone sweeping transformations, evolving from hand drawing to Computer-Aided Design (CAD). Innovative Building Information Modeling (BIM) has created a significant shift to sustainability in whole-building design and construction. And skills in 3D printing are increasingly in demand in a wide range of industries.

At North you can now choose from:

  • a certificate or AAS degree in Architecture Engineering and Drafting for current industry-standard training in CAD.
  • the Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Design and Construction Certificate for cutting-edge training.
  • or the new Advanced Design for Manufacturing Certificate to learn how to use current 3D software.

CAD Training

The 2-year professional AAS degree in Architecture Engineering and Drafting or 1-year AAS-track certificate in Architecture Engineering and Drafting includes coursework on conventional and computer drafting, basic engineering mechanics, shop drawing preparation, cost estimating, and construction materials and processes. The well-rounded curriculum includes general education requirements.

The 2-year program prepares students for the growing number of entry-level jobs in engineering, construction and architectural firms using CAD-systems graphics training.

BIM Program

North’s 2-year professional AAS degree in Architecture Engineering and Drafting Technology retains the basic core classes from the original CAD curriculum, but adds a sequence of classes in BIM for design and construction at basic, intermediate and advanced levels, plus a focus on sustainable design and applications to architectural and civil engineering.    

North's BIM training provides a doorway into the most up-to-date technology in the field and the best job prospects. Designing buildings using information management is economical, and Building Information Modeling improves productivity, so architectural and construction firms are eager to make use of this new technology and seek workers who have mastered it.

This program is responsive to the dynamic nature of the field and trains you for both current and future employment possibilities. Updated computer labs provide training on the newest software.

3D Coursework

In North's 20-credit Advanced Design for Manufacturing Certificate you'll learn to use computer CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs including SolidWorks to construct rapid prototypes from basic 3D part creation to advanced surfacing models used in industries such as Aerospace. It also has a strong emphasis in creating models for 3D printing.

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.