Engineering and Drafting Technician
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Engineering and drafting technicians work with and provide technical support to licensed engineers and surveyors. Technicians prepare design drawings and assist with field work.
The coursework for the one-year certificate includes five computer-aided-design courses using AutoCAD, Civil3D, and SolidWorks software; beginning GIS course; introductory surveying class; introductory engineering courses; basic spreadsheets for engineering applications; basic writing courses; and math through trigonometry.
A completion certificate is awarded once all required courses, electives and general education requirements are successfully completed. The curriculum also encompasses the courses required for pathways certificates in drafting, surveying, and water quality pathways certificates.
The required courses in this program are included in the Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology degree, so any student who wishes may continue in the two-year AAS program.
The one-year complete certificate can also serve as a pre-engineering program, for the students that may want to continue in the Engineering Transfer program.
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Prerequisites and Course Availability by Term
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Average beginning salaries for engineering and drafting technicians are generally in the range of $13.50 to $18.50 per hour depending on experience and other factors. Job demand for trained workers in this field is related to the amount of construction and development that is occurring in the area. People interested in this career field should be prepared to consider the possibility of relocating to gain initial experience, as this is a high demand position in areas where significant development is occurring.
Occupational Skills Training
This program is available in an Occupational Skills Training format that is designed to mix school classes and on-the-job training with a potential employer. It’s great for hands-on learners! Individualized training plans are developed in consultation with the student, UCC faculty, UCC advisor, and the work site trainer.
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Other Degrees & Certificates at UCC
- Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology: AAS
- Drafting Pathways Certificate
- Water Quality Pathways Certificate
- Surveying & Geomatics: AS
- Surveying Pathways Certificate
High School Students
Get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.
Residents of WA, ID, NV, and CA
If you are from Washington, Idaho, Nevada, or California, you pay Oregon resident tuition rates. That's a big discount! You might also be interested in what life is like around UCC. Find out.
Money for College
Get access to millions of dollars that are available to students - not just loans. There are scholarships, grants and work study opportunities too! Every student can use money for college. It can help you to be more successful. Plus, it can lower your debt load when you finish college. Some students actually leave college debt-free! Here are some important sources of money for college. Don't let these opportunities for financial aid pass you by. Act now! Decide. Commit. Succeed.
- Pell Grants part of FAFSA (for undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need.)
- Federal Work Study part of FAFSA (Work on Campus. Get experience in the workforce.)
- Scholarships, OSAC, FAFSA, and more (Sources of money for college.)
- UCC Scholars (Tuition waiver for high school seniors with high GPAs.)
Engineering technology faculty members at UCC have practical experience working in business and industry. They bring their real world experience into the classroom. Faculty members network with employers, and are able to work cooperatively with the UCC Advising and Career Center to assist you in finding internships and permanent employment.
Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Clay Baumgartner, PE - Contact
Chair, Associate Professor, Engineering / Surveying & CIS
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