Design & Drafting Technology - Residential Design

Residential Design
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Program Description

Our Design & Drafting Technology program gives you a career blueprint with a variety of options. We combine computer-aided drafting and architectural design which can be used in both residential and commercial construction.

In the Design & Drafting Technology – Residential Design certificate program, you’ll study common building materials used in residential and light commercial construction, how to calculate heat loss and gain according to the ACCA Manual J, basic computer aided drafting, and how to estimate and calculate cost and quantities of materials needed for a project.

Student entering this program may qualify for the STEM CONNECT scholarship. Applications are currently being accepted. Learn more.

This certificate qualifies for financial assistance through the Gap Assistance Program. To check eligibility, please visit the GAP Assistance Program page additional information.

Below are the required courses for this certificate. If you have questions, please contact:

Dave Zachek, Program Chair | 402-437-2651

Awards Offered: Certificate
Locations: Lincoln
Formats: In-Person
Start: Fall / Spring
Schedule: Full-Time
Estimated Total Cost
$2,047.50 Certificate

You can start the Design & Drafting Technology – Residential Design certificate program, in the Fall or Spring terms. Follow these steps to finish your application:

  1. Want to learn more about SCC? Come see how SCC will help you achieve Your Path to Possible! Schedule a campus visit!
  2. Need help exploring career opportunities or navigating the admissions process? Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.
  3. Ready to apply? Complete an Application for Admission.
  4. Submit ACT, SAT, Next Generation Accuplacer, or Accuplacer test scores (reading and math) or official college transcripts showing completion of post-secondary coursework in English and math to the Admissions Office at any SCC location.

You’re a Good Fit

You will be successful in our Design & Drafting Technology – Residential Design certificate program, if you:

  • have high spatial relations ability
  • have good math ability, especially geometry and trigonometry
  • are an excellent verbal and written communicator
  • are detail-oriented and can work within precise limits or standards of accuracy
  • are great at problem solving using sequential and analytical thinking skills
  • have the perseverance to stay on a multi-step task to completion
  • are computer proficient
  • can work cooperatively as a member of a team
  • enjoy a flexible work environment between the office and job sites


Our program combines drafting and design to give you several options for an exciting career. Recent SCC graduates in Design & Drafting Technology report an average starting annual salary of $47,632.

Career options in the Architectural Design Focus include:

  • Architectural CAD Technician
  • BIM Manager
  • Design Technician
  • Drafting Design Technician
  • Electrical Systems Engineering Designer
  • Mechanical Systems Engineering Technician
  • Revit Technicia
  • Structural Engineering Technician
  • Wood Truss Designer

Career options in the Computer Aided Design Drafting Focus include:

  • CAD Designer
  • Design Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Product Designer
  • Revit Technician
  • VDC Coordinator

For more information about the post-graduation achievements of SCC Graduates as well as average starting salaries, refer to the annual Graduate Report (PDF).

For information about the methodologies used to gather the post-graduation student achievement data contained in the annual Graduate Report, refer to the Institutional Research page or contact