Engineering Design Technology

Professional drafters make ideas possible. They take a concept created by an engineer or an architect and turn it into a technical drawing so that it can be built or manufactured. This program prepares students to enter the field of mechanical or architectural drafting. They will learn to apply manual and CAD techniques, while becoming familiar with the industry standards used in aerospace industries (ANSI, ISO, and AIA). They will practice mechanical drafting, geometric dimensioning, tolerances, and flat-pattern development. They will also study electronic schematics, document control procedures, and pictorial drawing.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Spring, or with instructor permission

Certificate of Completion: 
4 Quarters
68 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
5 Quarters
90 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
Projected Growth: 
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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

Classes are typically scheduled between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Michael E. Biell, Melvin Hortman

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Entry Advisor interview

Admission Recommendations

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Instructor interview

Course Information

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
DFT 101 Introduction to Drafting 3
DFT 106 Mechanical Drafting 3
DFT 113 Introduction to Computer Aided Design 5
DFT 115 Structural Detailing 3
DFT 117 Introduction to BIM Applications 5
DFT 121 Commercial Architecture 7
DFT 124 Materials in Manufacturing & Construction 3
DFT 128 Civil Drafting 4
DFT 154 Software Applications for Drafting 2
DFT 185 Job Readiness 2
DFT 201 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3
DFT 206 Mechanical Design 5
DFT 213 Parametric Modeling 5
DFT 215 Model-Based Definition 3
DFT 295 Engineering Design Technology Practicum 3
DFT 294* Engineering Design Technology Cooperative Education (optional)* 8
AMATH 175J Technical Mathematics for Advanced Manufacturing 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition (preferred) or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
  Total 68

Course Requirements for AAS Degree (22 Credits Minimum):

Choose 5 Human Relations credits below:

Course # Course Title Credits
PYSC& 100 General Psychology 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5

Choose 5 General Education credits below:

Course # Course Title Credits
ANTH& 106 American Mosaic 5
BIOL& 160 General Biology 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology 5
HUM& 101 Introduction to Humanities 5
NUTR& 101 Human Nutrition 5
POLS 150 Contemporary World Issues 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5

Choose 12 credits from the approved electives below:

Course # Course Title Credits
AMATH 185 Applied Algebra for Business and Industry (and/or higher math class) 5
DFT 296* Engineering Design Technology Internship* 12
MTECS 123 Advanced SolidWorks 3
MTECS 224 Machining Essentials 7
SURS 110 Basic Surveying I 4
WELD 102 Oxyacetylene Welding & Brazing 7
  Total 90

*Students may take DFT 294 in place of DFT 185, DFT 215, and DFT 295. They may also take DFT 296 to receive 12 elective credits. Instructor permission is required.

Program Outcomes

  • Utilize 2D and 3D CAD/BIM software, drawings, engineer’s sketches, calculations, notes, building codes, and standards to produce civil, architectural, structural, and mechanical product information for a commercial building.
  • Produce Data Packages (DP’s) that achieve full product definition for mechanical assemblies and parts using drawing-based definition and model-based definition.
  • Apply mechanical design principles, mathematics, materials, and manufacturing process knowledge to design a mechanical assembly along a single digital thread.
  • Organize and produce geometric & non-geometric product data using spreadsheet software, windows file organization, and cloud storage organization.
  • Demonstrate job readiness through work ethic, a commitment to positive human relations, diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace, and navigation of employment tasks.


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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