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Drafting and design are the backbone of American industry. For every product made or sold, drawings were used to describe it and communicate the design to the worker who made it. Drafters are trained to turn ideas, rough sketches, specifications and instructions into detailed drawings used in manufacturing and construction. Drafters also prepare specifications for quality, quantity, cost of materials, production and assembly. To do well in this program, you should have mechanical ability and visual aptitude. You should draw well and perform detailed work accurately and neatly. You should have good interpersonal skills because you will work closely with engineers, surveyors, architects, other professionals and sometimes customers. The design drafter must be a creative and organized thinker who can:
You will develop skills that can be used in architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and manufacturing. Among the major specialties are architectural and mechanical drafting. Architectural drafters draw floor plans, elevations, foundation plans, plot plans, electrical and mechanical systems, pictorial illustrations and structural drawings. They transform ideas and sketches into precise plans. Mechanical drafters:
The role of computers in the design process is constantly growing. A computer workstation is the principal tool of the drafter today, but he or she must know traditional techniques, too. You'll take computer-aided drafting and design courses with a heavy emphasis on lab work. You'll get hands-on experience in both individual and team projects. Drafters also must study math, science, computers, design and graphics.
If you want to get a bachelor's degree, Western Kentucky University has a completer degree with courses offered either online or in Hardin County.
To see a complete course listing for each credential use the KCTCS Course Catalog.
Apply for admission to ECTC to receive information from the Admissions Office about submitting your placement test scores (ACT or COMPASS exams) and to schedule a meeting with an advisor to register for your classes.