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
72 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
6 Quarters
92 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.

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

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The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

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

8 a.m. to 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

  • This program has  no admission requirements

Admission Recommendations

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Counselor and instructor interview

Course Information

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
DFT 101 Introduction to Drafting 4
DFT 106 Mechanical Drafting 4
DFT 111 Introduction to Parametric Design 2
DFT 113 Introduction to Computer Aided Design 6
DFT 115 Structural Detailing 4
DFT 117 Architectural Computer Aided Drafting 5
DFT 121 Introduction to Architectural Drafting 5
DFT 124 Material Manufacturing & Construction 2
DFT 128 Civil Design 4
DFT 132 Document Control 1
DFT 154 Software Applications for Drafting 2
DFT 175 Technical Communications 4
DFT 183 Business Leadership for Drafting 2
DFT 185 Job Readiness 2
DFT 201 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 2
DFT 206 Advanced Mechanical Drafting 5
DFT 213 Advanced CAD 5
DFT 294 Cooperative Education/Internship** (optional) (8)
DFT 295 Engineering Design Technical Summer Practicum 4
AMATH 161J Technical Mathematics for Drafting I 2
AMATH 175J Technical Mathematics for Drafting II 2
AMATH 176J Technical Mathematics for Drafting III 3
Total   72

**Students may take DFT 294 in place of DFT 111, DFT 183, DFT 185, and DFT 295.  Instructor permission is required. 

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree:

Course # Course Title Credits
AMATH 185 Applied Algebra for Business and Industry 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
Total   20

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Engineering Design Technology Program:

  • Create detail and assembly drawings including parts list using AutoCAD©
  • Produce a complete set of residential plans including site-plan, perspective and elevations using Revit©
  • Create 2 dimensional layouts from 3-D models
  • Create documentation that fully describes the form, fit, and function of a given assembly
  • Create a full set of commercial plans with foundation, roof drainage, and wall details


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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