Engineering Design

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Welcome to the Engineering Design Program at WCJC, where creativity meets practicality. Here, we turn your innovative ideas into reality, setting you up for a successful career in the dynamic field of design.

Program Details

Learn more about our Engineering Design program and find course descriptions in the WCJC Catalog.
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Our Engineering Design Program offers a comprehensive curriculum that blends strong technical drafting skills with the mastery of industry-leading CAD software. Get hands-on experience with programs like Autodesk AutoCAD, Inventor, Civil 3D, Revit, MicroStation, and Solidworks. Earn your Associate of Applied Science degree in just two years at WCJC. 

Not ready to commit to the full degree? You can earn a Level I Certificate in one year.  All courses in the Certificate program can be applied to the AAS degree.

Our two-year program doesn't just end with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Engineering Design. It's the starting point of a rewarding career in design. Our graduates confidently step into the professional world, bringing valuable skills to large corporations, small businesses, and everything in between. From specialized design disciplines to supervisory and management positions, your WCJC education opens up a world of possibilities.

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The Engineering Design program allows you to understand and view everyday commodities in a new light. The projects and assignments help us understand the drafting process, and by incorporating hands-on projects, I can further understand concepts.
Christian Ortiz
Engineering Design, Class 2023
Whether your interests are in architectural design, civil/structural design, electrical design, mechanical design or piping design, you have the opportunity to learn about various fields within our degree plan.

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Hear from our students and instructors about the benefits of the WCJC Engineering Design Program.


Meet the Faculty

Our faculty is the heart of our program. Comprising experienced industry professionals, they're not just teachers, but mentors who guide you, share their real-world experience, and help you reach your full potential. Meet the people who'll be by your side, turning your passion into a career.

Haydee Ruiz

Engineering Design Program Director

Ms. Ruiz's industry experience includes civil design, architectural design, and structural design. Ms. Ruiz is proficient in AutoCAD, Microstation, Revit, Inventor, Civil3D, and Solidworks.  Ms. Ruiz's teaching career began at Wharton County Junior College in the Fall of 2007.


  • A.A.S. in Drafting Technology from Wharton County Junior College
  • B.S. in Surveying Engineering Technology from the University of Houston
  • M.S. in Technology Project Management from the University of Houston
  • AutoCAD Certified

Office: Wharton Campus, Peace Building 211B
Phone: (979) 532-6339

Jerry Williams

Part-Time Instructor of Engineering Design

Mr. Williams has over 40 years of teaching technical courses. Mr. Williams ‘s industry experience includes structural design. 


  • B.S. in Industrial Education from Prairie View A&M University
  • M.S. in Industrial Education from Prairie View A&M University

Location: Wharton Campus, Peace Building 210

Additional Program Information

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Engineering Design

  • In-District Tuition: $8,753
  • Out-of-District Tuition: $12,113
  • Estimated book and drafting kit: $1,973

Level I Certificate in Engineering Design

  • In-District Tuition: $4,377
  • Out-of-District Tuition: $6,057
  • Books: $987
  • Chelsee Basgal, Project Manager & Estimater - Whaley Steel Corp., Houston, TX 
  • Stephen Berckenhoff, Civil Design & Construction Management - JONES ǀ CARTER, Bellaire, TX
  • Amanda Anderle Fling, P.E., Design Engineer - TXDOT – Yoakum District, Yoakum, TX
  • David Hartness, Civil Design - H2B Engineers, Houston TX
  • Scott P. Mason, P.E., Lead Project Engineer - G&W Engineers, Port Lavaca, TX
  • Carl Merta, Piping Design - Jacobs Engineering, Sugar Land, TX 
  • David Salley, Design Infrastructure Design & Production Manager - BGE Inc., Houston, TX 
  • Rory A. Starling, Structural Design - VSMsq Structural Engineers, LLC, Houston, TX 
  • Timothy Teague, Manager EMS, Design Drafting - TechnipFMC, Houston, TX
  • Llarance Turner, Surveying - Kaluza Inc., Rosenberg, TX 
  • James Verzwyvelt, Machine Shop Manager/DFME - Schlumberger, Rosharon, TX 
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