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About the Program

Northwest Shoals Community College’s (NWSCC) Design Engineering Technology program prepares students to visualize and construct dynamic 2D and 3D models for Architectural, Civil, and Mechanical designs. Before graduating, students will become adept at using the same advanced equipment and software as professional architects, engineers, and drafters. 

The Design Engineering Technology program allows students to obtain an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree or a Short-Term Certificate. NWSCC instructors are American Drafting Designed Association (ADDA) Certified and Solidworks CSWP Certified and upon graduation students will also gain ADDA, CSWA, and CSWP Certifications.The Design Engineering Program also offers a Workplace Development/Co-Op Program that partners with local Business and Industries around Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, and Lawrence County areas. Before graduating student will be able to enter the workforce and gain experience and on the job training while in still in school.

Program highlights includes: Learning the use of CAD software (AutoCAD & Solidworks). Operating and Training with 3D prints and printers, reverse engineering, precision measurements, professionalism and manufacturing processes.

Online classes now available.
For more information, view the Design Engineering Technology section of the College Catalog

Degree & Certificate Pathways

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Career Outlook

A student completing the Design Drafting Mechanical concentration will be able to find employment with consulting engineers, design engineers, various government subcontractors and in machine shops. A student completing the Design Drafting Architectural concentration will be able to find employment with architects, electrical engineers, structural engineers, civil engineers, and home builders. The typical base salary range for a mechanical or architectural drafter is $30,950 – $74,800. Base salary does not include overtime or benefits. (Source: EMSI)

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Trent Allen
NWSCC Design Engineering Instructor