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Finding the Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Basic Certificate School for You

Drafting & Design Engineering Technology is the #19 most popular major in the country with 10,578 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

With all the trade school programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Trade College Search has created the Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Basic Certificate Trade Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 360 schools in the United States to see which basic certificate programs were the most popular for trade school students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Drafting & Design Engineering Technology program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Basic Certificate Colleges.

#1

Olympic College

Bremerton, WA

Our 2021 rankings named Olympic College the most popular school in the United States for drafting and design engineering technology students working on their basic certificate. OC is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Bremerton.

Of the 199 students majoring in design engineering tech at OC, 75% are male and 25% are female.

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#2

Miami Dade College

Miami, FL

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Miami Dade College is a great place for drafting and design engineering technology students working on their basic certificate. MDC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Miami.

Women make up 53% of the design engineering tech majors at the school.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Red Rocks Community College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Lakewood, Red Rocks Community College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Women make up 24% of the design engineering tech majors at the school.

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#4

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, CO

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Pikes Peak Community College is a great place for drafting and design engineering technology students working on their basic certificate. Located in the large suburb of Colorado Springs, PPCC is a public school with a large student population.

About 34% of the students majoring in design engineering tech at the school are women while 66% are male.

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#5

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

Out of the 360 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Valencia College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Valencia College is a fairly large public school located in the city of Orlando.

Women make up 26% of the design engineering tech majors at the school.

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#6

Lee College

Baytown, TX

Lee College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for drafting and design engineering technology students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #6 on the list. Lee College is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Baytown.

About 30% of the students majoring in design engineering tech at the school are women while 70% are male.

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#7

South Texas College

McAllen, TX

With a ranking of #7, South Texas College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for drafting and design engineering technology students working on their basic certificate. South Texas College is a very large public school located in the city of McAllen.

Women make up 28% of the design engineering tech majors at the school.

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Austin Community College District landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular basic certificate drafting and design engineering technology programs. Austin Community College District is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Austin.

Women make up 41% of the design engineering tech majors at the school.

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Chattahoochee Technical College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular basic certificate drafting and design engineering technology programs. Located in the large suburb of Marietta, Chattahoochee Technical College is a public college with a large student population.

Of the 71 students majoring in design engineering tech at Chattahoochee Technical College, 89% are male and 11% are female.

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#10

Portland Community College

Portland, OR

With a ranking of #10, Portland Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for drafting and design engineering technology students working on their basic certificate. Located in the large city of Portland, Portland Community College is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 66 students majoring in design engineering tech at Portland Community College, 97% are male and 3% are female.

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Eastern Florida State College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking. EFSC is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Cocoa.

Of the 64 students majoring in design engineering tech at EFSC, 64% are male and 36% are female.

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Southern Union State Community College ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Southern Union State Community College is a small public school located in the remote area of Wadley.

About 16% of the students majoring in design engineering tech at the school are women while 84% are male.

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#13

Butte College

Oroville, CA

Butte College ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the rural area of Oroville, Butte College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 54 students majoring in design engineering tech at Butte College, 76% are male and 24% are female.

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#13

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public college with a very large student population.

About 22% of the students majoring in design engineering tech at the school are women while 78% are male.

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#15

Norco College

Norco, CA

Norco College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for drafting and design engineering technology students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the suburb of Norco, Norco College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 52 students majoring in design engineering tech at Norco College, 75% are male and 25% are female.

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Seminole State College of Florida landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular basic certificate drafting and design engineering technology programs. Located in the small city of Sanford, Seminole State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 31% of the design engineering tech majors at the school.

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Elgin Community College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular basic certificate drafting and design engineering technology programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Elgin, ECC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Women make up 6% of the design engineering tech majors at the school.

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#18

Sierra College

Rocklin, CA

With a ranking of #18, Sierra College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for drafting and design engineering technology students working on their basic certificate. Located in the large suburb of Rocklin, Sierra College is a public college with a large student population.

Women make up 34% of the design engineering tech majors at the school.

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With a ranking of #18, City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for drafting and design engineering technology students working on their basic certificate. Wilbur Wright College is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Chicago.

Of the 47 students majoring in design engineering tech at Wilbur Wright College, 74% are male and 26% are female.

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#20

Glendale Community College

Glendale, AZ

With a ranking of #20, Glendale Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for drafting and design engineering technology students working on their basic certificate. Glendale Community College is a large public school located in the suburb of Glendale.

Women make up 29% of the design engineering tech majors at the school.

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#21

Golden West College

Huntington Beach, CA

Golden West College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for drafting and design engineering technology students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the suburb of Huntington Beach, Golden West College is a public college with a large student population.

About 27% of the students majoring in design engineering tech at the school are women while 73% are male.

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#22

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the city of Bakersfield, Bakersfield College is a public college with a very large student population.

About 23% of the students majoring in design engineering tech at the school are women while 77% are male.

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#23

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Technical College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular basic certificate drafting and design engineering technology programs. GTC is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville.

Of the 42 students majoring in design engineering tech at GTC, 71% are male and 29% are female.

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With a ranking of #24, South Georgia Technical College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for drafting and design engineering technology students working on their basic certificate. Located in the rural area of Americus, South Georgia Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

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Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City ranked #25 on this year’s Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Kansas City, MCC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 32% of the design engineering tech majors at the school.

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#27

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana, CA
#30

Triton College

River Grove, IL
#30

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, CA
#33

Ventura College

Ventura, CA
#38

Lanier Technical College

Oakwood, GA
#38

Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, CA
#44

Del Mar College

Corpus Christi, TX
#46

Brazosport College

Lake Jackson, TX
#46

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN
#49

Baton Rouge Community College

Baton Rouge, LA

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Basic Certificate Trade Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 360 different United States drafting and design engineering technology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
49 Ashland Community and Technical College Ashland, KY
53 College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
54 Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby, IL
54 North Seattle College Seattle, WA
54 Bristol Community College Fall River, MA
54 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
54 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
54 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for Drafting & Design Engineering Technology students that almost earned our Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Basic Certificate Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
60 Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey, IL
60 Terra State Community College Fremont, OH
60 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
60 Wichita Area Technical College Wichita, KS
60 Trident Technical College Charleston, SC
65 Everett Community College Everett, WA
65 Hazard Community and Technical College Hazard, KY
65 Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland, WA
65 Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX
65 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
65 Fletcher Technical Community College Schriever, LA
65 Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA
65 Big Sandy Community and Technical College Prestonsburg, KY

Drafting & Design Engineering Technology by Region

View the Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Basic Certificate Trade Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 17 majors within the trade school area of study, drafting and design engineering technology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Design Engineering Tech Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Drafting & Design Technology/Technician 5,247
CAD/CADD Drafting &/or Design Technology/Technician 2,518
Architectural Drafting & Architectural CAD/CADD 1,266
Mechanical Drafting & Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 1,255
Other Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians 140
Civil Drafting & Civil Engineering CAD/CADD 92
Electrical/Electronics Drafting & Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD 60

Related Major Annual Graduates
Industrial Production Technology 13,900
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,669
Environmental Control Technology 9,823
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,732
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,586

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 26 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Pixabay.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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