Drafting is required for the design, development, manufacturing, and construction of most products. Drafters translate data and sketches from engineers, architects, and scientists into detailed drawings that are used in manufacturing and construction. The Drafting Technology Program at Northwest College provides students with a comprehensive education that focuses on the correct use of state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) software. Coursework covers basic through advanced two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) CADD applications, through the effective use of individualized educational techniques. Students are exposed to a variety of drafting fields, including mechanical, architectural, structural, and civil drafting technology. Current drafting and related industry standards and techniques are covered in detail, in addition to building applicable work habits, logic, and skills. The program works well for students with disabilities, as customized computer workstations are available with adaptive equipment.
The Associate of Applied Science in Drafting Technology degree prepares students to work in the drafting industry after two years of study. The degree also provides students with an excellent background for additional study in Drafting Technology-related fields such as engineering, architecture, construction technology, technology education, and design. Students must complete the core courses with a “C-” or better grade. Students wanting to transfer to a four-year institution will need to take additional courses beyond the AAS degree requirements at Northwest College in order to transfer in as a junior. These students should consult with their advisor and the appropriate four-year college catalog.