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Mechanical Drafting Technology

Curriculum Description

The Mechanical Drafting Technology curriculum prepares students to apply technical skills and advanced computer software and hardware to create working drawings, graphic representations and computer simulations for mechanical and industrial designs. Includes instruction in engineering graphics, specification interpretation, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, drafting calculations, two dimensional and three dimensional engineering design, solids modeling, engineering animation, computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided design (CADD) and manufacturing materials and processes. Graduates should qualify for employment in mechanical areas such as manufacturing, fabrication, research and development, and service industries.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize standard drafting instruments and equipment, including software, printers, and plotters
  • Understand and perform basic drawing principles including sketching, lettering dimensioning, geometric construction, and orthographic projections
  • Produce advanced level of drawings including section views, auxiliary views, and assembly drawings for the manufacturing and assembling of parts
  • Produce detailed working drawings and adhering to standards and guidelines based on physical design parameters
  • Interpret and apply basic geometric dimensioning and tolerance principles to drawings and prints.
  • Create residential/commercial building plans from given data using a CAD system and utilize technology to present designs with written and visual documents
  • Apply the general steps of the design process to generate a logical plan of action for the design of a new or improved innovative product and produce a technical report communicating the purpose of both the product and design process
  • Design a product for manufacturability and mock-up construction

After Graduation

Fields or jobs available for graduates:

  • CAM Technicians
  • CNC Technicians
  • Drafting Technicians
  • Interior Designers
  • Survey Technicians
  • Technical Illustrators
  • Urban Planners

Potential employers for graduates:

  • Civil Engineering Firms
  • Construction Companies
  • Design engineering Firms
  • Industrial Designers
  • Landscape Designers
  • Research and Development Firms

What is Drafting?

Have you ever thought of how the products you use every day come about? Everything from your tooth brush to the parts that hold your car together starts with a drawing. Drafting is a combination of engineering and design. Drafters take innovative ideas and place them on paper for manufacturing and construction purposes. The skills you will learn in a drafting classroom will not only facilitate success in your career choice, but will also help with everyday tasks.


Contact for information

Applied Sciences and Technology
Applied Sciences

Office: 828-395-1441
Fax: 828-286-4014
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Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.

Bobbi Hodge
Faculty Chair for Applied Sciences and Engineering Technology