Everything made in today’s society, from large commercial buildings to fast-food packaging, has to be designed before its creation. Design Drafters assist with this design and communicate the ideas graphically with engineers, architects, contractors, fabricators, and all of the others involved in the various stages of product development.
Because of the wide variety of fields that a design drafter may be involved in, this degree program contains elements of many types of design. Students will become familiar with disciplines such as machining, piping, electricity, electronics, construction, design, fabrication, and manufacturing.
Washington State Community College’s Design Drafting Technology major equips the student with the ability to design as well as the tools to perform this work both on paper and on computer-aided-drafting (CAD) systems. Throughout the program, CAD is integrated at all levels, from basic to advanced operation including three-dimensional, modeling and the many applications.
The Design Drafting Technology curriculum leads to the Associate of Applied Science degree. All design drafting courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 must be maintained to be eligible for graduation.Wage information: Design Drafting salaries vary widely depending on the area of design and/or drafting, the employer, and experience. For example, electrical and electronics drafters earn $30,500 - $77,500 with a median salary of $49,200 per year. Commercial and industrial designers earn $31,400 - $95,600 with a median salary of $56,000 per year. (2008, www.careeronestop.org)
As a student in the program, the following opportunities are available:
- Hands-on experience
- Wide base of drafting applications
- Training on several types of leading CAD software
- Paid internships
- Field trips
Upon Completion: Upon successful completion, the graduate should be able to:
- Create and edit CAD drawings to produce professional quality industry drawings.
- Utilize both two- and three-dimensional CAD commands to design and display engineering and architectural models.
- Produce professional quality working drawings using correct symbology to represent geometric tolerancing, welding, fasteners, electrical and electronic components, architectural features, and in dimensioning sizes.
- Construct appropriately descriptive two-dimensional views of any object, manually or on CAD, using any of the various projection techniques.
- Perform appropriate mathematical functions and apply them to various design problems.
- Produce technical reports, both orally and written, and present results.
- Interpret machining, electrical, electronic, manufacturing, architectural, and surveying drawings and apply the information to the actual situation.
- Compare and contrast engineering and surveying methods used in this country to those found abroad, currently and historically.
- Electrical and Electronics Designers and Drafters
- Architectural and Civil Designers and Drafters
- Mechanical Designers and Drafters
- Commercial and Industrial Designers
- CAD Operators/Designers
- Engineer’s Assistants
- Project Managers
You may also decide to continue your education in specific areas of engineering technology or advance to a bachelor's degree program in a technology program.
Course listings with descriptions of each class may be found in the Washington State Community College Catalog.
Completion of the Industrial Technologies Design Drafting major leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree.
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