Engineering and Design

A degree in Engineering and Design will prepare you to be a drafter— someone who takes designs from engineers and architects and converts them into plans needed to make those designs a reality. They can work on everything from microchips to skyscrapers. The program will teach you to use software specific to the field, such as AutoCAD and Solid Edge, and allow you to produce prototype parts with laser cutters and large format printers. Your classes will include 3D Modeling, Basic Surveying, Reverse Engineering and Advanced Technical Drawing.



The drafting field is growing more competitive as the software becomes more efficient, but the earning potential is high. Average pay for drafters in Alabama is $40,320 a year, while top earners make more than $63,000 a year.



Engineering and Design can prepare you to be a drafter, which is mostly inside work done at a computer, though it can require site visits. It can also lead to future studies in engineering or architecture.

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Southern Union State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Occupational Technologies Degrees. Southern Union provides equal educational opportunities and is open and accessible to all qualified students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, gender or disability with respect to all of its programs, activities or employment.