Behind every product, building, or process are drawings and models created by someone using the techniques and principles taught in drafting courses. If you study drafting, you'll learn the math and drawing techniques you'll need to represent three-dimensional buildings and objects. Your classes will cover such topics as interpreting specifications and estimating materials.

You'll not only learn to draw plans on paper. You'll also learn how to use computers. With computer-assisted drafting programs, you can make changes and add detail to your plans quickly. Increasingly sophisticated technology allows drafters to create more realistic images that almost seem like three-dimensional models, making it easy to imagine the finished structure or object.

Pathway Description

Drafting and design is the process of turning ideas of how things should be constructed into technical drawings.  These drawings are based on sketches and calculations made by engineers, surveyors, architects and/or scientists.  The drawings provide visual guidelines such as dimensions, materials to be used, and procedures to be followed to build everything from manufactured products such as spacecraft, automobiles, and industrial machinery to structures such as homes, office buildings, and oil and gas pipelines.

Course Name
Course Code
Course Abbreviation
Level 1
* Introduction to Engineering Drawing and Design
Level 2
* Survey of Engineering Graphics
Level 3
* 3-D Modeling and Analysis

*Required for Pathway Completion  

Course Description

48.54100                  Introduction to Drawing and Design – Grades 9-12
Introduction to Engineering Drawing and Design is a foundation course that serves as an introduction to the drafting and design field and is a prerequisite to all other courses in the Engineering Drawing and Design program. Emphasis is placed on safety, geometric construction, fundamentals of Computer-Aided Drafting, and multi-view drawings. Students learn drafting techniques through the study of geometric construction at which time they are introduced to computer-aided drafting and design.

48.54200                  Survey of Engineering Graphics – Grades 10-12
Students learn to illustrate more complex objects using the Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) system and develop skills in dimensioning, tolerancing, pictorials, sections, auxiliary views, and intersection and developments. While the term computer-aided design (CAD) does not appear in each competency, CAD tools and software should be used extensively throughout the course.

48.54300                  Solid Modeling and Design – Grades 10-12
Emphasis is placed on 3-D working and assembly drawings including rendering and animation.

Communications Opportunities

Occupation Level of Education Salary
Drafting/Project Management 2 or 4 year degree $30,000
CADD Instructor Bachelor’s Degree $60,000
Architect Bachelor’s Degree $65,000



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