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 commercial architecture as it relates to Structural detailing. They will learn to apply manual and CAD techniques while becoming familiar with the standards used in the commercial construction industry. They will practice modeling the building and creating sections and details along with notes and required dimensions. Considerable time will also be spent on-site planning including topography and building access.

Program Map: Guide to program costs, careers, and classes.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring

Engineering Design Technology

Certificate of Completion
3 Quarters
45 Credits
Associate of Applied Science
6 Quarters
90-96 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.

Financial Aid

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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.

Please see the online class schedule for day & time information.

Michael E. Biell, Melvin Hortman

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Entry Adviser interview

Admission Recommendations

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Instructor interview

Information sessions are offered via Zoom on the first and third Friday of each month at 10–11 a.m.

Session dates/times:

  • Nov. 3
  • Nov. 17
  • Dec. 1
  • Jan. 5
  • Jan. 19
  • Feb. 2
  • Feb. 16
  • March 1
  • March 15
  • April 5
  • April 19
  • May 3
  • May 17
  • June 7
  • June 21

Course Information

Requirements for Certificate:

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
DFT 101 Introduction to 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 5
DFT 122 Working with As-Builts 3
DFT 124 Materials in Manufacturing and Construction 2
DFT 128 Civil Drafting 5
DFT 185 Job Readiness 2
AMATH 175J Technical Mathematics for Advanced Manufacturing 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition (preferred) or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
  Total 45

Requirements for AAS Degree:

Course # Course Title Credits
  Certificate of Completion 45
DFT 106 Mechanical Drafting and Design 5
DFT 154* Software Applications for Drafting 2
DFT 201 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 2
DFT 206 Mechanical Design 5
DFT 213 Parametric Modeling 5
DFT 215 Emerging Design Technologies 2
DFT 295* Engineering Design Technology Practicum 3
PYSC& 100 General Psychology or  
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology or  
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
  One approved general education option 5
  Approved elective option(s) (minimum 11 credits required) 11-17
  Total 90-96

Approved General Education Courses:

Approved General Education classes are listed below. Students should choose options that meet their career and educational goals. Transfer credits and requests to take a class not listed below must be approved by the program Dean.

Course # Course Title Credits
ANTH& 106 American Mosaic 5
BIOL& 100 Survey of Biology 5
BIOL& 160 General Biology 5
CMST 280 Intercultural Communication 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

Approved Elective Courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
AMATH 190 Financial Algebra 5
DFT 220 Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems 4
DFT 296 Engineering Design Technology Internship 10
MTEC 100 Machining Essentials 7
MTECS 186 Advanced SolidWorks 3
MTECS 224 Machining Essentials 7
SURS 110 Basic Surveying I 4
WELD 102 Oxyacetylene Welding & Brazing 7

Optional Courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
DFT 294* Engineering Design Technology Cooperative Education* (5)

*Students may take DFT 294 in place of DFT 154 and DFT 295.

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.
  • Utilize BIM applications to maintain and implement changes throughout the design process.


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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