Industrial Design Technology - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Explore the World of Engineering Drafting and Design

Plans for every product, building, or process begin with drawings and models created using the techniques and principles taught in drafting courses. The ACC Industrial Design Technology program provides extensive hands-on training in the basic principles of engineering drafting and design. Specialized courses will train you in advanced piping and mechanical design. In this program, you'll not only learn to draw plans on paper, you will also learn how to use computer-assisted drafting programs (CADD). CADD technology allows you to add detail and quickly make revisions to your design plans.

This well-rounded program provides you with the necessary qualifications to begin a career as an entry-level designer.

You will excel in Industrial Design if you excel at and have an interest in:

  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Manual dexterity
  • Artistic design
  • Technical drawing skill
  • Craftsmanship
  • Computing skills
  • Self-discipline
  • Conceptual vision

Student with instructor using CADD program  Person at computer working on drafting design

Career Opportunities

Industrial Design professionals solve dimensional design problems, define and develop new products, design prototypes, build models, create digital representations of designs and create full-scale environments. 

Alvin community college industrial design technology graduates have close to 100% job placement rate. Many students find employment prior to graduation. 

Types of Jobs

  • Mechanical Designer
  • Piping Designer
  • Civil Drafting
  • CADD Operator

Types of Employers

  • Manufacturing industries
  • Engineering firms
  • Industrial design consulting firms
  • Construction companies
  • Chemical and refining industry
  • Industrial sales companies
  • Government agencies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Hospitals
  • Retail organizations
  • Public utility companies

For more information on career opportunities in Industrial Design, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

Students may choose a general Industrial Design Technology degree to study the various disciplines that ACC has to offer. Also available are specialization degrees in Industrial Design Technology for piping and mechanical design.

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INDUSTRIAL DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

DFTG 1409 - Basic Computer-Aided Drafting

4

+Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum or
+Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum

3

+MATH 1314 - College Algebra

3

POFI 1301 - Computer Applications I

3
SECOND SEMESTER

DFTG 1305 - Technical Drafting

3

DFTG 2419 - Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting

4

DFTG 2440 - Solid Modeling & Design

4
THIRD SEMESTER  

^Specialization - Select courses from Mechanical, Piping or
    General Specialization

12

SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER

^Specialization - Select from Mechanical, Piping or General

4

+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3

+SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking or
SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication or
SPCH 2335 - Argumentation & Debate

3

TEMC 1317 - Technical Trigonometry

3
 SECOND SEMESTER 

^Specialization - Select courses from Mechanical, Piping or
    General Specialization

4

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

ENTC 1423 - Strength of Materials

4
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN TECHNOLOGY - (A.A.S.) DEGREE
CREDIT HOURS
 60

+Denotes core requirement.  Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
^Students must complete 20 credit hours in either the Mechanical, Piping or General areas of specialization.
*Capstone Course

Associate of Applied Science Degree Specializations

General Specialization Courses
DFTG 2423 - Pipe Drafting

*DFTG 2445 - Advanced Pipe Drafting
DFTG 1433 - Mechanical Drafting
DFTG 1445 - Parametric Modeling & Design
*DFTG 2406 - Machine Design

Mechanical Specialization Courses
DFTG 1445 - Parametric Modeling & Design

DFTG 1433 - Mechanical Drafting
*DFTG 2450 - Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
DFTG 2406 - Machine Design
DFTG 2435 - Advanced Technologies in Mechanical Drafting & Design

Piping Specialization Courses
DFTG 2457 - Advanced Tech Pipe Design & Drafting

DFTG 2423 - Pipe Drafting
ARCE 1452 - Structural Drafting
*DFTG 2445 - Advanced Pipe Drafting
DFTG 2430 - Civil Drafting

*Capstone Course

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
CERTIFICATE 

30 credit hours
 
FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

DFTG 1409 - Basic Computer-Aided Drafting

4

POFI 1301 - Computer Applications I

3
SECOND SEMESTER

DFTG 1305 - Technical Drafting

3

DFTG 2419 - Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting

4

DFTG 2440 - Solid Modeling & Design

4

THIRD SEMESTER

^Specialization - Select courses from Mechanical, Piping or
    General Specialization

12
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN TECHNOLOGY - CERTIFICATE
CREDIT HOURS
 30

^Students must complete 20 credit hours in either the Mechanical, Piping or General areas of specialization.

Certificate Specializations

General Specialization Courses
DFTG 2423 - Pipe Drafting

*DFTG 1433 - Mechanical Drafting
DFTG 1445 - Parametric Modeling & Design

Mechanical Specialization Courses
DFTG 1445 - Parametric Modeling & Design

DFTG 1433 - Mechanical Drafting
*DFTG 2406 - Machine Design

Piping Specialization Courses
DFTG 2457 - Advanced Tech Pipe Design & Drafting

DFTG 2423 - Pipe Drafting
*DFTG 2445 - Advanced Pipe Drafting

*Capstone Course

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
CADD OPERATOR CERTIFICATE 

15 credit hours
 
FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

DFTG 1409 - Basic Computer-Aided Drafting

4

POFI 1301 - Computer Applications I

3
SECOND SEMESTER

DFTG 2419 - Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting

4

DFTG 2440 - Solid Modeling & Design

4
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN TECHNOLOGY -
CADD OPERATOR 
CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS
15

 

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate costs including tuition and fees for the Degree program are $4,200 for in-district students, $6,960 for those out-of-district, and $9,840 for non-residents. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $828. 

Yearly costs including tuition and fees for the Certificate program are approximately $2,200 for in-district students, $3,600 for those out-of-district, and $5,000 for non-residents.  Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $515. 

Approximate costs including tuition and fees for the CADD Operator Certificate program are $1,200 for in-district students, $1,900 for those out-of-district, and $2,600 for non-residents.  

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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