Engineering Design

Engineering Design

Engineering Design General Info

As an Engineering Design student, you will learn to prepare detailed working drawings for the manufacturing industry. The program provides extensive training on up to date software in Computer Aided Drafting and Parametric modeling software. You will also learn to take these drawings and make “life sensitive” parts that are critical in everything from tractors to medical equipment to jet engines. You will learn the latest techniques on state of the art equipment. You will learn hands off machining by use of computer numerical controlled (CNC) as well as hands on skills by use of bench tools, measurement devices, drills, lathes, milling machines and more. After completing this program, you will be able to translate design ideas, specifications, and calculations into a working drawing, a mock-up, or into a hands-on project for industry use.

NCC is an Affiliate Member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and is involved in the SkillsUSA conferences and competitions. Our students have gained state and national recognition, by participating in the SkillsUSA competitions, on a yearly basis. Students have also improved their leadership skills through SkillsUSA.

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  • Diploma
  • Certificate option available


  • Two Semesters & One Summer Term
  • Fall semester entry

Student Profile

  • Strong math skills—algebra,
  • Geometry and trigonometry
  • Computer skills
  • Previous drafting experience in High school helpful
  • Good visualization skills

Program Location

  • This program is available on campus. General education courses are available online.

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Student Story KEITH O’DELL

“I knew NCC had the best program for learning everything I need to be successful in this career. The instructors, hands-on learning and equipment we learn on is second to none.”

Engineering Design student
South Sioux City, NE


Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
CAD167-EIntroduction to Parametric Modeling5
MFG122-EMachine Trade Printreading I3
MFG150-CApplied Math for Manufacturing2
MFG185-EOSHA/Shop Safety2
MFG191-CManufacturing Processes5
MFG194-EInspection Processes2
CAD231-CGeometric Dimension & Tolerancing4
CAD246-CParametric CAD I3
CAD248-CParametric CAD II3
MFG263-ECNC Mill Programming & Setup3
MFG264-ECNC Lathe Programming & Setup3
ATR102-CIntroduction to Robotics3
MFG169-CIntroduction to Adv Manufacturing—Machining4
Total Credits47–48
Certificate Option17
ATR100-CIntroduction to Robotics2
MFG121-CMachine Trade Printreading2
MFG185-EOSHA/Shop Safety2
MFG191-CManufacturing Processes5
MFG194-EInspection Processes2
MFG221-ECNC Milling Operator2
MFG256-CIntroduction to Lathe Operations2
Total Credits17

*You may select any math or communications course with A or E suffix.

NOTE: Satisfactory assessment scores and/or prerequisites are required for some courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduating from Engineering Design prepares you to work as a drafting technician or to continue your education at NCC and obtain the Design Technology degree.

The expected salary range is between $46,000 – $48,000 per year.

Class is both hands on and lecture with a 70/30 split.

NCC is an Affiliate Member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and is involved in the SkillsUSA competitions. Our students have gained state and national recognition by participating in the SkillsUSA competitions on a yearly basis.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

Your Instructors

Ryan Steffen

Willis Radtke