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, design and related subjects by covering two basic areas of mechanical and civil 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 will begin on the drafting boards and move to computers using the same 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 industry standards.
  • Perform creative and accurate layout and design of projects.
  • Produce technical drawings to industry standards in CAD.
  • As a team member, contribute to the project by completing and organizing assigned tasks.
  • Perform surveys using surveying equipment.
  • As a team leader, manage people and resources to complete assigned projects.
  • Design and draw a land development plat with specified guidelines.
  • Perform civil land development calculations for plat.
  • Perform calculations for complex traverse.
  • Produce thorough calculations and method notes while calculating the traverse.

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

Aaron Wolfe, a Kansas native, is a 2012 graduate of the NWKTC Engineering Technology Program. Since graduation, he has worked as a mechanical designer in Hays, KS and land survey technician in Salina, KS. He spent 4 years in industry until he took the position as the Drafting and Design instructor in 2016. He is also the holder of an AutoCAD Inventor Certified Professional Certificate earned in November of 2017.

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.

Over the past decade, students graduating from Northwest Tech’s Engineering and Drafting Technology program have had 100% job opportunity each year.  This means that there has been job opportunities (most time multiple opportunities) for each student upon completion of the program.
Within the last couple of years, students have been placed at the following companies after graduation:
Aztec Consultants, Denver CO
Atwell, Denver CO
Driggs Design Group, Hays KS
BHC Rhodes, Kansas City KS
Kiewit, Denver CO
Cashco, Ellsworth KS
The most recent average starting salary for graduates was $46,600 per year.  The advisory committee for the program has set the expected salary range for graduates of this program to $38,000 to $48,000 per year.
The graduates of the program are highly sought after in the industry and are being hired as CAD Technicians, Designers, Survey Technicians, Construction Inspectors, etc.
Here is what one company has to say about the program and the graduates:
“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.

Andy Pelster TSH Engineering
Tod Bunker Martin/Martin
Rene Hernandez Kiewit
Roy Marken Jacobs
Mike Grant HDR
Dustin Delgado Aktins
Frank Mercurio KLA Environmental Services
Dave Harms FHU Engineering
Douglas Roeder Wilson & Company
Tony Peall Aztec Consultants
Adam Schart EBH & Associates
Jenny Ryan Peloton Land Solutions

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