Computer-Aided Drafting - Drafting Technology


Length: A full-time student may complete this

program in one year.

Purpose: The certificate in Drafting Technology is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skill necessary to obtain full-time employment upon completion of the program courses. 

Occupational Objectives: The following

occupational titles represent examples of possible

employment opportunities:

  • Draftsman

  • Surveyor's Assistant



Admission Requirements:

Entry into this curriculum may be attained by meeting the general admission requirements established for the College.  If you meet the general admission requirements, a counselor will discuss with you the strengths and weakness of your academic background and your strengths and weaknesses as revealed by an appropriate placement test.  You may correct any deficiencies in academic preparation in the College’s Developmental Studies program.

Program Description:

The program is designed for both beginning draftsmen and those with drafting dual credit from local high schools. It could also be beneficial to those in the drafting field looking to gain experience with new software and new fabrication technologies. It provides extensive computer application training, instruction in the areas of board and computer drafting techniques, and an introduction to surveying. The student will receive specialized training in the use of 2D and 3D mechanical design software and will be exposed to 3D residential design software. Students will complete a variety of lab exercises which are designed to focus on mechanical design and construction related applications.

Program Requirements: To receive a certificate in Drafting Technology, the student must complete a minimum of 39 credits with a 2.00 grade point average or better.  The credits are distributed according to the following outline.  This outline represents a typical order of courses taken by full-time students.  Part-time students may take courses in any desired sequence, except for hyphenated courses or others requiring prerequisites.

First Semester      
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
ELECTIVE Technical Elective 3 0 3
DRF 114 Drafting I 1 6 3
CAD 233 Computer Aided
Drafting III/Solidworks
2 2 3
MEC 100 Intro to Engineering 1 2 2
MAC 131 Machining Technology 1 3 2
SDV 195 Electronic Portfolios 1 0 1
Total     10 13 15

Second Semester
DRF 115 Drafting II 1 6 3
MEC 111 Materials for Industry 3 0 3
CIV 171 Principles in Surveying 2 3 3
ENG 131 College Composition 3 0 3
MTH 115 Technical Math I 3 0 3
CAD 200 Survey of Computer Drafting 2 2 3
Total 12 9 15


Summer Term I      
CAD 201 Comp. Aided Design I 2 2 3
CAD 199 Supervised Study 1 2 2
ARC 211 Architectural Drafting 1 2 2 3
Total     5 6 8

Total credits for the Drafting Certificate  - 39


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