Drafting & Design Technology

Instructor: Mr. Brad Dixon

The professions of architecture, engineering, and drafting are not professions that stand still over time. They are changing with each passing day. The Architectural Drafting and Design program is dedicated to providing the students not only with the tools that they need for today but also with the tools they need to be successful in the future.

Students are encouraged to take a more active role in their education and their professional development. Instead of telling the students the answers I show them where and how to find the answers. I encourage the students to learn by doing research, looking at examples, communicating with professionals, and practice.

College Credits available in Drafting and Design from:
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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.

College Credits:
Save Thousands of Dollars on College Tuition!Students can choose to have their experience and knowledge apply towards an Associates Degree in Architectural / Civil: CAD and Design Technology through Penn Highlands Community College. Students have the opportunity to earn 25 of the required 63 credits to complete the degree.

Software/Equipment Used:

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

Residential and Commercial 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