Jun 22, 2024  
Spring 2023 Academic Catalog 
Spring 2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Drafting / Design Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

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John “Chris” Toothman, Assistant Professor


The Drafting/Design Engineering Technology program will not admit students for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Accrediting Agency

Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE )
Email: accreditation@atmae.org
701 Exposition Place, Suite 206
Raleigh, NC 27615
Phone: 919-635-8335
Fax: 919-779-5642

Program Purpose

The Drafting/Design Engineering Technology program at Pierpont Community and Technical College is designed to provide students with practical knowledge, technical skills, verbal and written communication skills, and the mathematical ability required to develop various drawings used for illustration, industrial applications, and architectural design. Strong emphasis is placed on projection theory, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards, and modern industrial practice.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the AAS degree in Drafting/Design Engineering Technology, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Use tools and technologies of the CAD draftsperson effectively
  • Use a computer workstation to produce engineering drawings and manage engineering related data
  • Demonstrate competency with manual drawing on a board
  • Comply with drafting standards
  • Complete and edit drawings in the various disciplines
  • Design, analyze, and use engineering drawings to improve process and products
  • Demonstrate a commitment to quality and continuous quality improvement
  • Demonstrate skills of oral, written, and graphical communication
  • Appreciate and engage in life- long learning
  • Function as a team member
  • Differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable ethical behaviors in the professions, society and economy
  • Enter the job market or continue pursuing and advanced degree


Graduates with this A.A.S. degree are qualified for entry-level technical positions in engineering, architectural, and/or manufacturing-related firms. The strong math, science, and communication background provided by this degree allows graduating students to enter the job market as technicians, supervisors, and project managers. Specific job titles include drafter, tracer, design drafter, designer, CAD operator, engineering assistant, engineering technicians, graphics specialist, and project manager

Required Courses (61 Hrs)

Model Schedule (61 Hrs)

Notice to Transfer Students

In addition to meeting the minimum residence requirements for graduation, students in Drafting/Design Engineering Technology must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of management and/or technical coursework at Pierpont Community & Technical College and meet other requirements as required by accreditor standards.

Notice to All Students

  • Annual Notification: All career and technical education courses and programs are offered at Pierpont regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.
  • Advanced Skill Set and Skill Set programs do not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an associate or certificate degree in which the skill set and advanced skill set courses are embedded.
  • Students are reminded to review campus policies and procedures as stated in the catalog.

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