Mar 28, 2023  
2018-2019 SLCC General Catalog 

Engineering Design/Drafting Technology: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 64 credits minimum

Natural Sciences Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
SI 241
Program Information 801-957-4150
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor SI 201b, 801-957-4858

Program Faculty
Instructors − Joel Clarkston, Michael Stenquist

Program Description
Engineering Design/Drafting Technology is a profession that encompasses a variety of engineering disciplines that are always in high demand: mechanical, civil, piping, electronics, structural, and industrial. Students develop skills in technical drafting, CAD (Computer Aided Design), and the drafting practices specific to each of these discipline areas. Drafters and designers are an integral part of a project team in every field, developing the drawings and designs for fabrication and construction.

The AAS degree provides, in addition to the certificate, an emphasis in specific discipline areas such as: electromechanical, structural steel detailing, piping, and civil, and depth in CAD areas such as customization, solid modeling, and discipline specific software. Courses covering design theory, manufacturing processes and problem-solving, as  well as elective depth courses in related areas provide knowledge and skills that will enhance the students’ ability to advance to the level of designer in industry.

Career Opportunities
AAS degree students or students with one year of experience develop their own drawings from design specifications or field sketches and can expect between $15 and $17 to start. Two to four years of work experience will generally raise the employee to the level of designer at salaries from $38,000 to $52,000 per year.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students who earn an AAS degree in Engineering Design/Drafting Technology have the option to transfer into the Technology Management Bachelor Degree at Utah Valley University. UVU will accept up to 45 technical credits towards this degree.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the sample schedule, time to completion is 18 months

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy

General Education

Basic communication
Human Relations
General Education Distribution
Quantitative literacy

Drafting and CAD Fundamentals
Students will:
  • produce drawings that demonstrate competency in manual drafting techniques and are neat and professional
  • demonstrate proficiency with drafting tools
  • demonstrate understanding of technical terminology used in drafting (EDDT 1010 )
Students will:
  • produce drawings that demonstrate competency in AutoCAD and are neat and professional
  • demonstrate proficiency with drawing and screen setup: layouts, layers, dimension styles, scale factors, blocks, profiles, and plotting
  • demonstrate knowledge of CAD commands and use them appropriately for efficiency and accuracy. (EDDT 1040 , EDDT 1100 )
Students will:
  • produce flat pattern layouts, mechanical detail and assembly drawings that demonstrate correct use of ANSI standards, datums, and critical dimensions for dimensioning and drawing layout
  • demonstrate ability to calculate precision fits, tolerances, and allowances at MMC and LMC.
  • demonstrate ability to select appropriate parts from catalog data.
  • demonstrate ability to read complex blueprints, notes, detail and assembly documentation with multiple configurations.
  • Students will demonstrate fundamental knowledge of drafting principles in specialized disciplines: electronic drafting, steel detailing, civil drafting, and pipe drafting (EDDT 1200 )
Depth in Technical Design
  • Students will:
  • demonstrate knowledge of industrial materials and processes and the principles of material behavior.
  • demonstrate ability to apply this knowledge in hands-on lab experience with molding, casting and forming.
  • participate as a member of a design team to create designs and finished products (EDDT 2340 , EDDT 2350 )
Students will:
  • demonstrate knowledge of formulas for calculating static forces, centroid, moment of inertia, bending moment, deflection, stresses, and material strength.
  • demonstrate ability to apply and manipulate formulas and evaluate results.
  • demonstrate critical thinking and understanding of the design process (EDDT 2160 )
Students will:
  • demonstrate knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing symbols and applications of form, function, and tolerances.
  • produce drawings with correctly applied symbols.
  • demonstrate understanding of the use of GD&T in automated manufacturing and quality inspection (EDDT 2540 )
Discipline Specific Drafting and Design
Students will:
  • demonstrate proficient competencies in the use of MicroStation commands as well as appropriate application of these functions to civil drawings.
  • demonstrate knowledge and application of Land Development software in the production of various civil drawings
  • demonstrate understanding of mapping definitions, geographic terms, survey data and field notes.
  • produce boundary plans, contour maps, profiles and sections and road alignments consistent with industry standards.
  • (EDDT 1420 , EDDT 2190 )
Students will:
  • produce electronic diagrams, schematics, detail, and assembly drawings per ANSI and industry standards.
  • demonstrate knowledge of schematic and logic symbols, reference designations, and electronic components (EDDT 2180 )
Students will:
  • demonstrate ability to apply formulas and standards of the AISC manual to structural design requirements.
  • produce steel fabrication drawings and layouts consistent with industry standards.
  • demonstrate knowledge of symbols, terminology, and industry requirements associated with structural steel drafting (EDDT 2240 )
Students will:
  • demonstrate understanding of piping definitions, standard terms, symbols, and specifications and extract data from vendor catalogs to draw piping components and equipment.
  • produce piping flow diagrams, site plans, elevations, and spool drawings per industry standards (EDDT 2360 )
Students will:
  • demonstrate knowledge of SolidWorks solid modeling tools, creating and defining sketches, 3D features, mating assemblies, design tables, and fabrication and assembly drawings from models.
  • produce accurate parts, assemblies, and drawings per industry standard.
  • demonstrate the ability to analyze design intent and process (EDDT 2600 )
Elective Courses
  • Depth in Software Applications
  • Students will learn AutoCAD customization for specific user needs (ARCH 2330 )
Students will:
  • demonstrate proficient competencies in the use of advanced MicroStation design tools and drawing management techniques.
  • Demonstrate ability to create, import and manage seed and reference files.
  • 3D modeling (EDDT 2420 )
Students will:
  • demonstrate knowledge of advanced design techniques and criteria for design.
  • utilize CosmosWorks and other evaluation tools to analyze mechanical designs (EDDT 2700 )
Students will:
  • demonstrate ability to create parts and assemblies in AutoDesk Inventor.
  • produce parts and drawings per industry standards
  • (EDDT 2710 )
Depth in Structural/Civil Discipline Areas 1
Depth in Mechanical/Manufacturing Discipline Areas
Students will:
  • demonstrate knowledge of safety rules and identify the various machining processes and equipment.
  • demonstrate competency in the operation of lathes, grinders and mills.
  • produce precision parts to design specification and demonstrate the ability to use precision measuring equipment (MCCT 1500 , MCCT 1510 )
Students will:
  • demonstrate ability to produce CNC code and select the proper machining process by programming and building projects on CNC mills and lathes
  • demonstrate knowledge of safety regulation when working in the machine shop.
  • demonstrate an understanding of tolerance limits and verify that projects meet blueprint requirements (MCCT 1600 , MCCT 1610 )

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 1 course

Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Human Relations (HR) 1 course


Students who may want to pursue an AS degree in the future should take either LE 1220 , as it meets the Social Science (SS) , or COMM 2110 , as it meets the Interdisciplinary (ID)  requirement.

Distribution Areas

Choose 1 course from 1 of the following Distribution Areas

Elective Courses (Select 12 Credits from the Following)

Elective courses provide additional depth in specific discipline areas of design/drafting. Students should select electives from the area in which they want specialization.

Advising Notes

All courses required in the one-year Certificate of Completion in Engineering Drafting Technology are also required in the AAS degree. Many students earn the certificate and begin work then return in the evening program to earn the AAS degree for advancement and higher wages.

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