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2021 Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Schools

97 Colleges
$37,947 Avg Salary
$20,124 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology School for You

In 2018-2019, 10,756 people earned a degree or certificate in drafting and design engineering technology, making the major the #96 most popular in the United States.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Schools ranking. This report analyzed 97 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Schools in the United States

Check out the design engineering tech programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Schools

Our analysis found Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford to be the best school for drafting and design engineering technology students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Porter and Chester Institute is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Stratford.

Design Engineering Tech majors at Porter and Chester Institute take out an average of $12,230 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $127.

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#2

Trine University

Angola, IN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Trine University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Schools list. Trine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Angola.

The average amount in student loans that design engineering tech majors at Trine take out is $27,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Lee College

Baytown, TX

Out of the 97 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Lee College landed the # 3 spot on the list. Lee College is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Baytown.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Dunwoody College of Technology. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Schools list. Dunwoody College of Technology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

On average, design engineering tech graduates from Dunwoody College of Technology take out $17,389 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $180, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent programs at Western Michigan University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best drafting and design engineering technology schools in the United States. Located in the city of Kalamazoo, WMU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that design engineering tech majors at WMU take out is $30,996. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $322.

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Rochester Institute of Technology came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Fox Valley Technical College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public college with a large student population.

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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best drafting and design engineering technology programs. Central Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the town of Mount Pleasant.

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Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best drafting and design engineering technology programs. Ferris is a large public school located in the distant town of Big Rapids.

Design Engineering Tech majors at Ferris take out an average of $12,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $125, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Waukesha County Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for drafting and design engineering technology students. It came in at #10 on the list. WCTC is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Pewaukee.

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Lewis and Clark Community College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Schools list. Lewis and Clark Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Godfrey.

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Pennsylvania College of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for drafting and design engineering technology students. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the city of Williamsport, Penn College is a public college with a small student population.

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#13

Bristol Community College

Fall River, MA

Bristol Community College ranked #13 on this year’s Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Schools list. Located in the suburb of Fall River, Bristol is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Ridgewater College

Willmar, MN

Ridgewater College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Schools list. Located in the town of Willmar, Ridgewater College is a public school with a small student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Schools award.

Rank College Location
15 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
16 Murray State University Murray, KY
17 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
18 Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA
19 ITI Technical College Baton Rouge, LA

Drafting & Design Engineering Technology by Region

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

Drafting & Design Engineering Technology is one of 17 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Design Engineering Tech

Related Major Annual Graduates
Industrial Production Technology 14,313
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,702
Environmental Control Technology 10,042
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,875
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,772

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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.

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