February 9, 2023

Coastal Bend College

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The Coastal Bend College Drafting and Design Technology Department went on their annual fall field trip that included travel to Austin and San Antonio over two days. Ten drafting students and one instructor attended the field trip which visits several key companies in the Architectural, Engineering, Construction, and Manufacturing (AECM) industry.

In Austin, the CBC students visited Murfee Engineering, Garret Ihnen Civil Engineers Corps LLC Engineers/Surveyors, and LJA Engineers. In the San Antonio area, students visited Williams-Hirsch Homebuilders, M & S Engineers, Intelligent Engineering Services, and Charles Pope & Associates Architects. The experiences motivated students in the classroom and renewed their enthusiasm to work on their drawing assignments more diligently.

At Murfee Engineering, Mr. Patrick Poehl gave the students an overview of the company and a presentation of the type of work that they company performed and highlighted some of their current and recent engineering projects. Two current employees of Murfee Engineering explained to the students what was expected of a Drafting Technician when hired. Students also learned about the necessity to design to meet the code requirements and restrictions of the various city, state building codes and the codes resulting from being in close proximity to the recharge zone of the Edwards aquifer region. Murfee performs integrated solutions for civil engineering that brings Clients greater capital efficiency with improved cost and schedule certainty on large scale land development projects. Mr. Poehl mentioned that the company liked to hire CBC Drafting & Design graduates because they were generally hard working, loyal to the company and typically would stay working with them for several years.

Garret Ihnen Civil Engineers Corps LLC Engineers / Surveyors is a full service civil engineering firm that operates in Central Texas and the Hill-Country region. Employees showed the students examples of how they must design for parking lots for commercial building to achieve water run-off in the proper direction and the need to design inlets/outlets and capture basins for moving water away from buildings an into appropriate runoff into creeks streams and drainage systems. Part of the presentation included showing drawings on the CAD from various projects to show the level of detail needed to design their projects.

Two Coastal Bend College graduates and current LJA Engineers, James Bradford and Jonathon Piecuch, showed the students the type of work they do, mostly large commercial building projects and land development for residential and retail development.

Williams-Hirsch Homebuilders, a complete design-build homebuilding company, created to fit the lifestyles of the owners. Mr. Greg Hirsch gave an overview of the total process from concept to design to building the project. The designs are usually contracted by a designer or an architect from which the clients choose or Williams-Hirsch provides. William-Hirsch was voted the Best Home Builder in New Braunfels in 2019/2018 for their quality construction and design of the homes. Students learned about what it takes to be a quality homebuilder and how important it is to develop a good design and the important of quality.

Coastal Bend College alumni Gabe Molina and Jason Moseley gave current CBC students a tour of M & S Engineers where they perform civil, electrical, and structural engineering services. The main focus is on the electric utility and electrical transmission designed for switch yards and utility stations. In addition to discussing the importance of meeting codes, Molina discussed the importance of soft skills such as arriving to work on time, seeking to solve problems, and communicating with others team members. Overall, Molina provided some good insight and valuable lessons for our students. He also described the importance of finding a good fit in your career with a company that supports their employees and fosters learning.

Intelligent Engineering Services provides “Structural and Civil Engineering Services that bring architectural visions to life,” in the San Antonio area and throughout Texas. Some of their notable buildings are the Performing Arts Center at TAMUCC in Corpus Christi, Kyle Stadium at TAMU College Station, and the UTRGV Medical building in Edinburgh. Mr. Justice Edge described many of their current building projects and the BIM technology that is now becoming more commonly used amongst larger commercial projects. Building Information modeling is what the industry is moving towards thus creating an integrative interrelation with technological tools from design through construction to provide the overall building design documents package. It was very fascinating to learn where the industry is heading and what these students need to be aware of.

The last stop on the field trip was with Charles Pope & Associate Architects, where they Coastal Bend College graduate Jacob Gomez and Mr. Charles Pope. Mr. Pope early on had made a mainstay of performing architectural work for franchise restaurant businesses and other businesses which he has achieved a regular amount of repeat business which is unheard of in the architectural industry. It is a great business model to design your business to not only generate repeat business, by doing good work, but to plan to cater to clients that by the very nature of their company will have repeat business.

Our CBC drafting and design classrooms and laboratories feature AutoCAD, Microstation, and ArcGIS. Our 3D printer in our lab enables students to gain an understanding of how new products can be developed through all phases of design, drawing, and manufacturing.

Program Highlights:

  • A one to two-year program at CBC Beeville with hands on experience including field trips
  • In addition to tuition and fees, students also invest about $300-$500 for course lab fees and program materials.
  • Students in the program have access to annual field trips to visit top employers in the industry from South and Central Texas.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Career Outlook:

  • Median hourly wage in the Coastal Bend region is $26.04.
  • The following is a small sample of employers that have hired our program graduates: Ambitech, Bechtel, Danze & David Architects, ConocoPhillips, Fluor, Kiewit Offshore, Testengeer, Valero, and Worley Parsons.
  • 90% of program graduates have obtained employment in the field or have pursued more advance degrees.

Are you ready to….

  • Read blueprints
  • Draw and make models
  • Learn about manufacturing processes and materials
  • Develop product specifications
  • Use AutoCAD software

Please let us know by contacting us below and we will help you get on the path to becoming a drafter.


Associate of Applied Science-Drafting and Design

Certificate Level I-Drafting and Design (39 hours)

Certificate Level I-Fundamentals of Drafting and Design (15 hours)

Certificate Level II-Drafting and Design (45 hours)