Engineering & Drafting Technology

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High Skill, High Demand

Program Overview

Engineering and Drafting Technology at Northwest Tech provides a well-balanced curriculum in drafting and related subjects by covering the four basic areas of mechanical, civil, architectural and computer-aided drafting.

You will develop necessary job skills and related technical information in an on-the-job atmosphere similar to an actual engineering firm, training on the same drafting boards, computers, cutting-edge technology, and software that industry uses. Mathematical applications are used throughout the various subjects and applied in actual job situations, in sharp contrast to the theoretical approach used in many academic post-secondary institutions.

You can be successful in Engineering and Drafting Technology whether you have previous drafting experience (high school or college) or no prior drafting background. Our faculty share many years of industry experience and work hard to help each student succeed in the field.

  • Prepare Plans in accordance with department standards.
  • Perform creative and accurate layout and design of projects.
  • Produce technical drawings to program standards in CAD.
  • As a team member, contribute to the project by completing and organizing assigned tasks.
  • Perform surveys using level and Total Station.
  • Perform surveys using GPS equipment.
  • As a team leader, manage people and resources to complete assigned projects.
  • Design and draw a land development plat within specified guidelines.
  • Perform civil land development calculations for plat.
  • Perform calculations for complex traverse.
  • Produce thorough calculation and method notes while calculating the traverse.

Aaron Wolfe
Engineering Technology Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1542

Michael Zimmerman
Engineering Technology Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1578

Mr. Michael Zimmerman, a Goodland, KS native, brings 5 years of the engineering industry experience into the classroom. After graduating from Kansas State University with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology, he became a Design and Project Engineer for an international manufacturing company. In 2011, Zimmerman joined the Northwest Tech family as the related subjects instructor for the Engineering Technology Department.

Listed cost information includes tuition, additional fees, books, supplies, iPads, clothing and tools if necessary. For a comprehensive breakdown of each program’s cost information download Northwest Tech’s Estimated Program Costs worksheet.

In 2012, Northwest Tech’s Engineering and Drafting Technology program had a 100% placement rate; meaning every graduate was employed once they graduated.

“Here at HNTB we have been hiring engineering technology students from Northwest Kansas Technical College from the very first class in 1966. We have hired countless graduates from this school. The students from this school have the necessary skills to become productive right away. They learn good work ethics, and are ready to enter the workforce. We have been very pleased with the quality of this school and look forward to hiring these graduates in the future.”
– Wayne Gregory, HNTB

Program Length

Two Years

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

Projected Salary

$46,600 per year

Course Outline

Download a PDF version of the course outline here.

  • F. Wayne Gregory
  • Andy Pelster
  • Kurt Johnston
  • Scott Thyfault
  • Roy Marken
  • Mike Hurd
  • Justin Spanier
  • Andrew Markley
  • Dustin Delgado
  • Frank Mercurio
  • Mike Grant
  • Dave Harms

Admissions Checklist

Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Engineering & Drafting Technology program.

  • A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted

  • $25 Application Fee Paid

  • High School or GED Transcript Submitted

  • (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted

  • ACT or AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)

Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with