Design Drafting

Before ANYTHING is made – It’s designed. 

Did you know, you could not own an Xbox, enjoy an iPhone, or even put on your favorite shoes – without mechanical drafting?

You wouldn’t have a place to live or go to school – without architectural drafting which focuses on residential or commercial design.  

Drafting students learn computer-aided design (CAD) software which allows them to create blueprints and floor plans. Using the CAD software these online drawings can be sent to a 3D printer to produce a model or prototype.

Use CAD to create drawings, assembly, and models in every industry.  

Combine your desire for drafting with another interest. Here are a few ideas to get your started: 

  • Automotive – cars, trucks 
  • Construction – buildings, homes 
  • Health care – design prosthetics, machines 
  • IT – programming computers 
  • Sports – golf clubs, guitars, skateboards 
  • Technology – earbuds, cell phones, game controllers, speakers  
  • Welding – utility carts, steel structures, art 

Students learn the latest software including: 

Focus Areas: 

  • Learn the fundamentals of mechanical drawing 
  • Gain technical skills using drafting tools like CAD 
  • Create 3D visual product models 
  • Produce models on the 3D printer 
Central Tech Drafting students reviewing blueprints

I graduated from this program and have been successful ever since!

Justin Porter, Williams, Alumni

PROBLEM SOLVERS 

Many student projects come from real world issues.  

  • PROBLEM: A hand sanitizing bottle pumped too much sanitizer at one time. 
  • SOLUTION: Students created a collar to fit on the pump reducing the quantity dispersed. 
  • PROBLEM: A part on a student wheelchair broke leaving the student unable to attend school.  
  • SOLUTION: Drafting students were able to take the broken part, reverse engineer it, print a prototype on the 3D printer, and fix the wheelchair so the student could return to school.   

CAD: NOT JUST FOR THE YOUTHFUL 

Drafting students aren’t always young adults beginning their first job.

After years of physical labor, many construction workers, welders, and skilled workers trade in their tool belt for a computer. The days of reading blueprints and building projects are behind them, and the doors to designing projects have just opened. The future is theirs to create.  

If you can imagine it, you can create it. Check out our architectural and mechanical pathways below. 

CAD TECHNICIAN ARCHITECTURAL

You will be provided with knowledge and skills that will lead to employment and advancement in the field of architectural technology.

You will translate the architect’s design sketches into complete, accurate plans and drawings for construction purposes. You are involved in work requiring knowledge of:

  • Drafting
  • Computer Graphics
  • Construction Materials
  • Technical & Structural Systems
  • Estimating
  • Building Codes
  • Specifications Used in the Preparation of Architectural Projects & Construction of Buildings

AREAS OF STUDY:

  • Fundamentals of Computer-Aided Drafting & Design
  • Safety & Intro to Technical Drawing
  • Principles of CAD Design
  • Engineering Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
  • Architecture Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
  • CAD Architectural
  • Presentation Graphics Animation
  • Workforce Staging

CAD TECHNICIAN MECHANICAL

In this class you will be introduced to the basic concepts of mechanical engineering drawings. You will interpret and apply graphic language, orthographic, dimensions, and sectional views to a mechanical drawing in accordance with professional standards.

In addition, you learn dimensioning terminology and practices including Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. You will be instructed in section views, assembly drawings and trade-specific charts and tables to produce operational plans for the manufacture of mechanical.

AREAS OF STUDY:

  • Fundamentals of Computer-Aided Drafting & Design
  • Safety & Intro to Technical Drawing
  • Principles of CAD Design
  • Engineering Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
  • Mechanical Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
  • CAD Mechanical Level
  • Presentation Graphics Animation
  • Workforce Staging

POTENTIAL CAREER PATH:

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Drafting prepares young adults for the real world.

Jordan Taylor Travis, Horizon Construction

Job Demand & Pay

Computer Aided Drafter

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Average computer aided drafter salary right here in Creek County is $39,060. Many computer aided drafters have previous experience in jobs such as drafter or design technician. Our graduates enjoy a starting salary around $18/hour. 

Our Graduates

Where do they find jobs?

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Most graduates joining the workforce start in the manufacturing or piping industries. We have some students that start their career in commercial architecture, engineering, electrical, civil/survey, municipal, structural, energy, construction, or in steel fabrication. Others attend college majoring in engineering, architecture, or drafting.

Quick Facts

Students, Campus, Times

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  • Students: Adult & High School
  • Campus: Drumright Only
  • Times: Morning, Afternoon, Full Day
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