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Design Drafting

                                                                                 Design Drafting       

Designers translate the ideas and rough sketches of engineers and architects into drawings to communicate specific details to other engineers, architects, drafters, and technicians. Drawings are used as a basis for further research and design, for manufacturing and construction, and for documenting the engineer's concept. Designers use computers, manual drafting tools, engineering practices, reference materials, and a knowledge of materials and processes, to create complete drawings.

A successful designer is the type of person who:

  • Has the ability to concentrate, conceptualize, organize, and remember details;

  • Enjoys solving problems, being neat, and paying attention to details;

  • Has good eye-hand coordination, an ability to visualize, and an interest in mathematics and science; and

  • Works well with others in a team.

Students selecting this program will develop proficiency in board drafting and computer-aided drafting. Students are able to prepare drawings for manufacturing and fabrication. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) drafting and design standards will be taught and reinforced as students prepare drawings in both 2D and 3D using AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop, and applications software.

Throughout this course of study, students will be required to use sketches, notes, technical literature, and personal research to complete assignments.

Employment Opportunities:

Aircraft companies
Architectural firms
Construction companies
Design companies
Electronic component manufacturers
Engineering firms
Governmental agencies
Graphics companies
Machine shops
Manufacturing companies
Marine industries
Nuclear industries
Petroleum industries

Special program notes
Our Drafting Technology program offers you:
  • A hands-on learning experience

  • Credit through high school articulation agreements

  • Possible credit for prior work experience

  • Participation in Cooperative Education

  • Work-oriented skills required by employers

Students should check with our guidance counselor regarding cost of equipment, time for completion, cooperative education, and articulation agreements.

The facilities for the program include a manual drafting labs ,work stations, and computer-aided drafting labs.

A background in mathematics will be helpful, but courses are available for the student who needs to review or develop the necessary skills in mathematics, reading, English, and study skills. 
Employment outlook
Design drafting is a large and fast-growing occupation; the future of the field is wide open. Computers will assist drafting procedures, but they will not replace the design drafter who has a comprehensive drafting education.
Salary range
An entry-level employee can earn an hourly wage of $12 to $16.

For specific information about our Design Drafting Technology program contact:

Mr. Steven Schellenberger

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