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Design Drafting Technology

The Design Drafting Technology program prepares students for employment as entry level drafters in a high technology society. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the skill set necessary to advance as experience is gained in their profession. Students will receive training in fundamentals of CAD drafting with introductory courses in the fields of mechanical and architectural drafting.

The Design Drafting program allows students to obtain an A.A.S. Degree or Short or long Certificates. Calhoun’s drafting program is American Drafting Designed Association (ADDA) certified. The program offers strong instruction emphasizing engineering, manufacturing, and architectural theory. Program instruction includes sketching, critical thinking, and advanced problem solving skills, enabling each student to think and apply design drafting concepts.  Our drafting program will intensify your learning experience by combining theoretical instruction, demonstration, and hands on application. 

 Students will obtain the skills in drafting that begins in planning, extend to development and production of final construction documents. Students will receive training in 2D and 3D software application, ANSI/ASME standard dimensioning, tolerance including G & D, reverse engineering, machine drafting, 3D, and 3D Animations. Students will also study construction methods, plans, details and symbols dealing with structural, civil, and architectural Design Drafting. All students will enhance their abilities in the capstone portfolio class by learning the soft skills required to obtain their position in today’s career market.

A student completing the Design Drafting Mechanical concentration will be able to find employment with consulting engineers, design engineers, various government subcontractors and in machine shops. A student completing the Design Drafting Architectural concentration will be able to find employment with architects, electrical engineers, structural engineers, civil engineers, and home builders. The typical base salary range for a mechanical or architectural drafter is $30,950 - $74,800. Base salary does not include overtime or benefits.

See Curriculum Card for Courses Needed for Degree Completion (Hours)

New 3D and Additive Manufacturing Printers added this fall: MakerBot2x, Eden Polyjet, Formlab Form 1, & Cube trio. Others coming soon. Get registered for the New Additive Manufacturing Degree. Jobs opportunities for graduates:

  • 3D Designer
  • 3D Solid Modeler
  • Additive Technician
  • Cad Technician
  • CAD Drafter
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Prototyping Technician
  • Production Technician
  • Reverse Engineering Technician
  • SolidWorks Designer

Contact Information

Nina Bullock
256-306-2813

nina.bullock@calhoun.edu

Design Drafting Lab Assistant - (256) 260-4307