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Drafting Technology, Diploma - DT12

MECHANICAL DRAFTING SPECIALIZATION

ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING SPECIALIZATION

Description:

The Drafting Technology diploma program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in the drafting field, such as drafter, CAD operator or Civil Tech based on the specialization area a student chooses to complete. The program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or retrain in drafting practices and software.

Occupational Trends:

Though drafting is still a solid career choice, many drafting positions remain tied to industries that are sensitive to cyclical changes in the economy, notably construction and manufacturing. Drafters often now find employment on a temporary or contract basis as more companies turn to the employment services industry to meet their changing needs. More powerful CADD systems now allow many drafting tasks to be done by other technical professionals and some drafting work which can be done by sending CADD files over the Internet is outsourced offshore to countries that pay lower wages. There were over 251,000 drafters employed in the US in 2008 and 2200 working in Georgia. About one half of these drafters were architectural or civil specialists. More than half of the drafters worked in engineering and related service firms while 24% were employed in manufacturing industries. The drafting occupation is predicted to grow overall by about 4% in the next 10 years, but architectural and civil drafting job growth may be closer to 9%. Job prospects will be best for individuals with at least 2 years of postsecondary training that provides strong technical skills and considerable experience with Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) systems.

Education Programs:

Drafting programs can be taken at the secondary and postsecondary levels but employers prefer applicants who have completed training at a community college or 4-year university. Technical institutes offer intensive technical training, but provide little or no general education. Technical colleges and community colleges typically offer certificates, diplomas and degrees that may require general education courses for program completion. Associate degree level drafting programs can often lead to a 4-year degree in engineering or architecture at a university.

Job/Career Description:

Drafters prepare technical drawings and plans which are used by production and construction workers to build everything from micro chips to large buildings. Drafters utilize technical handbooks, tables, calculators, computers and specialized software to complete their work assignments. Drafting work has many specialty areas, but the most common specialties are architectural, mechanical, electrical and civil. Drafters usually work in comfortable offices and spend much of their time doing detailed work using a computer. Entry level or junior drafters do routine work under close supervision, while intermediate or senior drafters progress to more difficult work and less supervision. Most drafters work 40 hour weeks though a small percentage works part time.

Program Entrance Term

Fall, Spring, Summer

Minimum Length of Program

4 Term(s)

Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation

51

Admission Requirements

Minimum Required Age

16

High School Diploma or GED Required

Yes

Diploma full time students must complete all core courses within the first three semesters after admittance into the program.

 

 

 

Graduation Requirements

 

A "C" or higher grade is required in all Drafting courses

 

An overall program grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation

 

 

Minimum Test Scores:

Test:

 ASSET

 COMPASS

 Not Required

Reading:

 

70

 

English:

 

32

 

Mathematics:

 

26

 

Algebra:

 

28

 

 

Program Courses

Credits

47 Semester Hours

 

 

 

 

MECHANICAL DRAFTING SPECIALIZATION

 

FIRST SEMESTER

 

Hrs

SEMN 1000 - First Semester Seminar

1

COMP 1000 - Introduction to Computers

3

DFTG 1101 - CAD Fundamentals

4

EMPL 1000 - Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development

2

MATH 1012 - Foundations of Mathematics

3

SECOND SEMESTER

 

Hrs

DFTG 1103 - Multiview/Basic Dimensioning

4

DFTG 1105 - 3D Mechanical Modeling

4

DFTG 1015 - Practical Mathematics for Drafting Technology

3

ENGL 1010 - Fundamentals of English I

3

THIRD SEMESTER

 

Hrs

Guided Elective

4

DFTG 1107 - Advanced Dimensioning/Sectional Views

4

DFTG 1111 - Fasteners

4

FOURTH SEMESTER

 

Hrs

DFTG 1109 - Auxiliary Views/Surface Development

4

DFTG 1113 - Assembly Drawings

4

Remarks:

If needed, developmental courses should be completed during the first semester.

ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING SPECIALIZATION

 

FIRST SEMESTER

 

Hrs

SEMN 1000 - First Semester Seminar

1

COMP 1000 - Introduction to Computers

3

DFTG 1101 - CAD Fundamentals

4

EMPL 1000 - Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development

2

MATH 1012 - Foundations of Mathematics

3

SECOND SEMESTER

Hrs

DFTG 1103 - Multiview/Basic Dimensioning

4

DFTG 1125 - Architectural Fundamentals

4

DFTG 1015 - Practical Mathematics for Drafting Technology

3

ENGL 1010 - Fundamentals of English I

3

THIRD SEMESTER

 

Hrs

Guided Elective

4

DFTG 1127 - Architectural 3D Modeling

4

DFTG 1129 - Residential Drawing I

4

FOURTH SEMESTER

 

Hrs

DFTG 1131 - Residential Drawing II

4

DFTG 1133 - Commercial Drawing II

4

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