Drafting and Design Technology

About the Program

The Drafting and Design Technology program is a two-year program of study designed to provide specialized occupational instruction in all phases of drafting technology in order to prepare students for positions in the drafting field. Instruction includes a combination of class work and laboratory experiences.

The Drafting and Design Technology curriculum allows students to obtain skills and knowledge related to several fields in the drafting and design industry. A major emphasis is placed upon Computer Aided Design (CAD) software which is used by the majority of the drafting industry. Basic applications in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are included in the curriculum.

The Associates of Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the Drafting and Design Technology curriculum.

Career Opportunities in the Field

The employment outlook in the drafting field is excellent. As technological and scientific processes continue to expand, job possibilities in drafting and design are unlimited and in great demand. Graduates of the Drafting and Design program may be employed as drafters in the following areas: steel production, architecture, civil service, state highway, general drafting and engineering.

Course Descriptions

Course TitleCourse DescriptionCourse Number
Fundamentals of Drafting. (3) Fundamentals and principles of drafting to provide the basic background needed for all other drafting courses. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.DDT1113
Computational Methods for Drafting. (3) Study of computational skills required for the development of accurate design and drafting methods. Three lecture hours per week.DDT1123
Machine Drafting I. (3) Prerequisite: DDT 1114 Emphasizes methods, techniques, procedures in presenting screws, bolts, rivets, springs, thread types, symbols for welding, materials, finish and heat treatment notation, working order preparation, routing and other drafting room procedures. One lecture and four lab hours per week.DDT1133
Construction Materials. (3) Physical properties of the materials generally used in the erection of a structure with a brief description of their manufacture. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.DDT1213
Principles of CAD. (3) This course will use CAD software to design and draw various problems in the architectural, mechanical and civil drafting areas. Emphasis will be placed on the operations of the CAD system to solve these problems. One lecture and four lab hours per week.DDT1313
Intermediate CAD. (3) Prerequisite: DDT 1313 This course is designed as a continuation of Principles of CAD. Subject areas will include dimensioning, sectional views and symbols. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.DDT1323
Elementary Surveying. (3) Basic course dealing with principles of geometry, theory and use of instruments, mathematical calculations and the control and reduction of errors. One lecture and four lab hours per week.DDT1413
Architectural Design I. (3) Prerequisite: DDT 1313 Presentation and application of architectural drafting room standards. One lecture and four lab hours per week.DDT1613
Machine Drafting II. (3) Prerequisite: DDT 1133 A continuation of Machine Drafting I with emphasis on advanced techniques and knowledge employed in the planning of mechanical objects. Includes instruction in the use of tolerancing and dimensioning techniques. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.DDT2163
Structural Drafting . (3) Prerequisite: DDT 1114 Structural section, terms and conventional abbreviations and symbols used by structural fabricators and erectors are studied. Knowledge is gained in the use of the American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc. handbook. Problems are studied that involve structural designing and drawing of beams, columns, connections, trusses and bracing. One lecture and four lab hours per week.DDT2233
Cost Estimating. (3) Preparation of material and labor quantity surveys from actual working drawings and specifications. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.DDT2243
Statics and Strengths of Materials. (3) Prerequisite: DDT 1114 Study of forces acting on bodies; movement of forces; stress of materials; basic machine design; beams, columns and connections. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.DDT2253
Advanced CAD. (3) Prerequisite: DDT 1323 This course explores the three-dimensional viewing and construction capabilities of Auto CAD. Topics covered include a review of point coordinate entry, X, Y, and Z filters, and the (UCS) User Coordinate System. Spherical and cylindrical coordinate entry, 3D viewing techniques, 3D geometry construction, surface meshes, regions, and solid modeling are also introduced. The use of paper space, model space, and multiple viewports for 3D construction is covered. The creation of presentation graphDDT2343
CAD Management. (3) This course of study is designed to use CAD generated drawings for translation and production of machined products. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.DDT2353
Pipe Drafting. (3) Prerequisite: DDT 1313 An advanced course in drafting in which techniques and knowledge are employed in the planning of mechanical objects. Efficient use of all common types of applicable handbooks, code books and other standard references is an integral part of this phase of drafting. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.DDT2523
Architectural Design II. (3) Prerequisite: DDT 1613 This course emphasizes standard procedures and working drawings. Details involving architectural, mechanical, electrical and structural drawings are covered, along with presentation of drawings and computer aided design assignments. One lecture and four lab hours per week.DDT2623
Special Project in Drafting and Design Technology. (3) Study of the process used to estimate, detail and locate reinforcement steel for concrete structures using microstation with an estimating package. Two to six lab hours per week.DDT2913
Supervised Work Experience in Drafting and Design Technology. (1-6) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and completion of at least one semester of advanced coursework in the drafting program. A course which is a cooperative program between industry and education and is designed to integrate the student?s technical studies with industrial experience. Variable credit is awarded on the basis of one semester hour per 45 industrial contact hours. Three to eighteen hours internship per week.DDT292(1-6)