Drafting & Design Technology

Mr. Brad Dixon

CIP CODE:  15.1303


The  Drafting & Design Technology Program prepares students for careers in drafting, architecture, and architectural engineering or continuing education in related fields.  The drafting component of the  program focuses on computer- aided drafting utilizing the latest version of AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit. Students in the program have the opportunity to draft a complete set of construction drawings.  In doing so, students learn approved construction methods.  Students also have the opportunity to work on presentation drawings, which allow them to explore their artistic side through 3D renderings, perspective drawings, sketches, and model building. The architectural engineering component of the program offers students detailed instruction on many aspects of plumbing systems design, as well as a generalized look at the design and drafting of a building’s mechanical systems and electrical layout.

Areas of Instruction:

Building Materials

Detailed instruction on traditional, modern, and green building materials. Students learn about physical characteristics, thermal properties, cost data, installation details, warranty, and advantages and disadvantages of a wide variety of building materials. Students learn about building products through teacher instruction, construction industry sales representatives, and research. The classroom has a building material display area containing various sample products. Other products are viewed on the internet and photographs of local buildings.

Codes and Building Restrictions

Through actual and mock design projects students gain exposure to the IBC (International Building Code), and ADA guidelines (Americans with Disabilities Act). Working with building codes introduces the students to the design process that they will see as professionals.

Software/Equipment Used:

  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • AutoCAD
  • 3D Studio Max
  • Photoshop

Construction Drawings :

  • Floor Plans
  • Cross Sections
  • Wall Sections
  • Elevations
  • Roof Plans
  • Foundation Plans
  • Framing Plans
  • Plumbing Plans
  • Plumbing Isometrics
  • HVAC Plans
  • Electrical Plans
  • Site Plans

Presentation Drawings and Models:

  • Sketching Perspective Renderings
  • Scale Presentation Models
  • 3D Computer Generated Renderings
  • Scale Framing Models

Construction Methods :

  • Unit Masonry Construction
  • Concrete Construction
  • Wood Framing Construction
  • Structural Steel Framing

Expected Outcomes:

  • Successful graduates will exit the program with the skills and knowledge needed to enter the workforce as an entry level CAD operator or enter into college with advanced placement.
  • Students will have the opportunity to earn industry recognized certifications in Autodesk: Revit Architecture and AutoCAD

College Credits available in Drafting and Design from:

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Adult Education Information

$8,000.00 – Includes Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Building Performance Analysis, NOCTI, & OSHA Certifications, books, laptop and software to keep upon completion of program.

Estimated expenses not included in tuition:
Criminal Record Check – $22.00
Child Abuse Clearance – $13.00
Federal Criminal History Record-$23.85
Academic Year:  9 months/900 hours
Start Date: August 
Schedule:  Monday-Friday,  8:00 am-2:30 pm
Books are included in tuition.
ISBN 9781585039746
Auto Desk Inventor 2016 & Engineering Graphics
Randy H. Shih
Residential Design Using Autodesk Revit 2016
Daniel John Stine CSI, CDT