Draft Your Career
Do you have an eye for detail? Do you have a penchant for solving any engineering problem graphically? Are you able to visualize in three dimensions? A career in drafting is an excellent bet for you.
A degree in Drafting technology will get you employment in Engineering (civil, mechanical) and architectural firms. You will be designated as a designer or a drafter.
A Drafting technology degree will entail learning technical drawing and plans. Any engineering industry in the field of manufacturing consumer products, industrial products or even aircrafts need designs to build the product. You will learn how to specify measurements and dimensions in complex detail.
It will be useful if you had some grounding in Computer Aided drafting in High School. The course will teach you how to represent a product as a three dimensional image. Computer Aided Design (CAD) courses will help you design on a computer. Auto CAD - Design software will help you prepare complex plans from a basic sketch.
Drafting professionals can prepare themselves in college for either an architectural designer job or a job in a typically mechanical oriented setting.
Drawing architectural plans are a skill you will learn. Many drafting professionals find a job in an architects firm very challenging. Being able to visualize in minute detail and in 3 d is a skill which you will learn. You will be asked to create a complete set of drawings to build a home. The difference between taking a drafting course specializing in architecture is that here you should a mindset both in arts and science. Building a home means that you have to train in spatial design. CADD - Computer Aided Design and Drafting skills are needed in an architect’s office.
Your introductory course will typically contain Architectural print reading and blue print reading. Learning about different materials used in construction of the products or buildings to be built is essential. Materials management is essential because as a draftsman you will have to ensure that the right materials and quantities are being used in the construction adhering to your draft.
Technical writing is a prerequisite because very often you will be required to submit a detailed plan and estimates to your client’s. You will also learn business writing, essential for the bidding process.
If you choose to specialize in aeronautical or mechanical drafting, your coursework will consist of mechanical drawing, introduction to CAD, 3 D modeling, and tool and die applications.
Some of the program goals are
To prepare you to apply drafting technologies in various engineering environments.
To apply algebraic and trigonometric theories to engineering calculations.
To prepare civil, electrical and architectural drawings from the schematic information given.
If qualifying to be an architect is one of your goals, a basic degree in Drafting is a stepping stone to take an advanced degree in Architecture.