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Engineering Design Technology


Sacramento City College Engineering Design Technology

The Engineering Design Technology Department teaches courses in (1) building architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and piping design and drafting for residential and commercial buildings and (2) CAD programs such as AutoCAD, REVIT, and CREO (Pro/E) software for work in any industry which utilizes CAD.

After completing the EDT Program, students can (1) work as designers and drafters in the fields of Architecture and Engineering with a two-year degree or (2) enhance their skills and knowledge of building design prior to transfer to a four-year institution to continue work toward an architectural or engineering degree (3) work in any industry where Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) is used.

Career Options and Salaries

This degree and certificate program is designed for students pursuing employment or upgrading in employment in the fields of building design utilizing Manual and CAD drafting applications in architectural, engineering, or construction-related offices. This program is designed for students pursuing entry-level employment in Architecture, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, and commercial construction drafting fields. Depending on their technical field of interest and capabilities, students who complete the program may find employment in any of the following types of jobs: Engineering Aide I, Engineering Aide II, Drafting Aide I, Drafting Aide II, Junior Drafter, Architectural Drafter, Mechanical Drafter/Designer Trainee, Electrical Drafter/Designer Trainee, Structural Drafter/Designer Trainer, Topographical Drafter/Designer Trainee, General Construction Drafter/Designer Trainee, General Construction Estimator Trainee, Computer-Aided Drafter, or Technical Sales representatives. Some students may also pursue four-year degrees in Architecture, Engineering, Construction, or Project Management.

Entry to mid-level

  • Civil Engineering: $58,840
  • Electrical Engineering: $67,593
  • Mechanical Engineering: $63,527
  • Surveying Engineering: $32,385