Class offerings and information from:

Professor Ron Raty

Engineering Technology

Technical Design

     Mechanical Technology






Office: BUS 211                                             Office hours (Fall Quarter):

Email:                            Monday thru Thursday, 12:00-1:30

Phone: (360) 475-7389                                  

[Email works best]                                          [Best to make an appointment]


Ron Raty is a licensed architect with over 25 years of experience in architectural design and project management.  He holds a professional Master of Architecture degree from Montana State University.   He started his career hand drafting in architectural and engineering offices, eventually moving on to CAD drafting as that technology became applicable.  The skills and standards he learned hand drafting were later essential when operating a CAD machine.  Ron was raised on a ranch in Montana, and has since lived and worked in Alaska, Washington (Bremerton), California, Fiji, and Singapore.  He has specialized in the design of office buildings, schools, and health care facilities, and is licensed to practice architecture in Alaska and Washington. He is an avid sailor, is pursuing a private pilot license, and is currently restoring a 1946 Ercoupe in his garage.






What is a Technical Designer or Engineering technician, as opposed to an engineer (or architect)?

ME or MET, which path will you take?


Can a Professional Technical Degrees be path to a Bachelor degree?   In some cases, yes…..Take a look at this:


Free software from Autodesk

Download a 30 day free trial of Autocad and other selected Autodesk products.  These programs are fully functional.  If you are a Student, you can register with Autodesk and receive a student license to activate your software for a longer period.  This includes Autocad, Revit, Inventer, and a host of other software.


A computer at home.

Like playing a musical instrument, it takes practice to become proficient with a CAD software.  Having a computer at home is tantamount to this goal.  Autodesk tests different computer systems for compatability and performance with it’s software.  Their recommendations can be found here, or google search for AUTOCAD SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS


COOP classes

COOP classes evaluate your ability to work in an office environment.  They require you to find an internship or work position.  Those planning to take Coop classes should visit this site for more information: (

I recommend you contact the COOP office one or two quarters BEFORE you plan to register for COOP credits so you have time to find a position.   

Visit ( for the complete listing of positions.



Portfolios of your work are required in many of the classes. Additional information regarding what is required can be found here:

A Word About Portfolios



Click here for SAE BAJA COMPETITION information

To join the team, click here:


Contact your instructor if you are interested in designing or manufacturing the 2015 entry.  This can qualify as a Capstone Project.



Potential Capstone Project

For the AAS degree in Engineering Technology










Syllabi for Classes I periodically teach

Technical Design 107 Technical Drawing

Technical Design 112 Blueprint Reading

Technical Design 116 Computational Techniques

Technical Design 211 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

Technical Design/Weld 145 Applied Problem Solving

Technical Design/Weld 145 Applied Problem Solving-Shelton

Technical Design/Weld 145 Ibest Applied Problem Solving

Technical Design 127 Introduction to Architecture drawing

Technical Design 128 Advanced Architecture CAD

Technical Design 190 Independent study (Engineering Principles)

Technical Design 200 Introduction to Autocad

Technical Design 217 Advanced Autocad

Technical Design 231 Civil Drafting. 

Technical Design 242 Intermediate Revit.

Technical Design 280 Autocad Update

Technical Design 27x on-line GIS classes

Technical Design 290 Capstone Project