Drafting

Drafting takes the designs of engineers and architects and converts them into technical drawings and plans that are used to design everything from the smallest microchips to the largest skyscrapers.

What Will I Study?

Drafting I:
Students are introduced to the theory and the manipulative skills necessary to produce and complete accurate drawings by learning basic drafting operations. Students begin to focus on performing basic mechanical drafting and design operations using CADD software.
Drafting II:
Students perform intermediate mechanical drafting and design operations using CADD software. Students will prepare representations of mechanical parts and develop 3-D models.
Drafting III:
Students perform architectural drafting and design operations using CADD software. Students will prepare drawings (site, floor, foundation, sections, elevations) and material schedules necessary to construct a house.

Why Choose Drafting?

Drafting can provide students with an entry-level job upon graduation. The drafting profession is diverse, and students can pursue their area of interest by continuing their education. Many community colleges offer an associate (2-year) degree in drafting. Students can also pursue a bachelor (4-year) degree in architecture or engineering.

What Jobs Are Available?

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Drafters, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/drafters.htm (visited September 02, 2014).

For More Information:

8530-Drafting I
8531-Drafting II
8532-Drafting III

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