Drafting Technology

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What is the program?
Shelton State’s Drafting program prepares students for careers as drafters in engineering related trades or as technicians who link the skilled worker with the engineer or architect. Instruction includes fundamentals of drafting, multi-view drawing, pictorial drawing and dimensioning. The program also emphasizes engineering production drafting, structural steel detailing, industrial pipe drafting, civil and map drafting, machine drafting and architectural drafting. At Shelton State, students will learn to work hand-in-hand with engineers and architects. Students will also have the opportunity to work on the latest computer-aided software using AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical Desktop, AutoCAD Architectural Desktop and AutoCAD Land Development.

When is the program offered?

Courses are taught year round during the day and evening for full-time and part-time students to accommodate a wide range of schedules.

What awards does the program lead to and how long does it take?
Students may earn a Certificate or and Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS). Students enrolled full-time may complete a Certificate in as little as three to four semesters (12 to 18 months) or an AAS in two years.

What requirements do I need in order to enroll?
Any student possessing a high school diploma or GED certificate is eligible to enter the Drafting program. Although not required, students may receive college credit while in high school with participation in the Tech Prep Program and successful completion of a competency test.

What jobs will this program prepare me for?
Typical positions include mechanical drafter, architectural drafter, civil drafter, industrial pipe drafter, structural steel drafter, checker, design drafter, quality control inspector, computer aided/drafting technician, and estimator. Employers prefer applicants for drafting positions to have post high school training, preferably at a technical or community college.
Name: Gary McQuaig
Email: gmcquaig@sheltonstate.edu
Telephone:  205.391.2432
Office:  Martin Campus