Drafting Design Technology

  • Instructor Loretta Sterner | West Campus | CIP Code 15.1301

    The central activity of drafting and design technicians is to help convert an idea in a designer’s mind to precise working specifications from which a product can be made. Drafting design technicians assist engineers and architects in the design and drafting of electrical circuits, machine structures, weldments and architectural plans. Graduates of this program will be well-prepared to enter the workforce as draftspersons in the mechanical, architectural, or civil fields. Students will learn how to prepare engineering plans, layouts, detailed drawings, create mass and volume studies. They will also work on many interesting in-class projects that will challenge their abilities and capture their imagination.

    Drafting design technicians are specialists who use many methods of communication. The instruction during this program will focus on developing the following skills: CAD, architectural, mechanical, and civil drafting.

    Students learn the basics of CAD while learning the fundamentals of drafting on a computer. The curriculum includes the use of a state- of-the-art 3D printer to print student project models. Each student develops a professional portfolio of work completed during the course. This program provides the skills and foundation for a successful career in the drafting field.

    ADDA – This program is accredited by and conforms to the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) curriculum. These guidelines were designed in conjunction with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor to assure the level of training and industry requirements are met. Visit www.adda.org for further information.

    Career Pathways:

    Mechanical Drafter
    Architectural Drafter
    Civil Drafter
    Electronic Drafter (CAD Technician)


    Civil Engineer
    Mechanical Engineer
    Electrical Engineer
    Chief Design Drafter
    Aeronautical Engineer
    Facility Manager
    Urban Planner

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Drafting Design Technology
  • Industry Certifications:

    Certified Drafter (ADDA), Autodesk Certified User
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    College Advanced Credits:

    Berks Technical Institute - Up to 61 quarter credits
    Lehigh Carbon Community College - Up to 3 credits
    Pennsylvania College of Technology - Up to 3 credits
    Pittsburgh Technical Institute - Up to 12 credits
    Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology - Up to 9 credits
    Triangle Tech – Pittsburgh - Up to 36 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude
    o Artistic ability/creativity