Drafting Design Technology - Moberly Area Community College
 

Drafting Design Technology

Communicating through the creation of graphic representations, drafters prepare technical drawings and plans, which are used to build everything from manufactured products such as toys, toasters, industrial machinery, and spacecraft to structures such as houses, commercial buildings, and oil and gas pipelines. Architectural drafter’s emphasis are on architectural and structural features of buildings while mechanical drafters show details and assemblies of machinery and mechanical devices and dimensions. Electrical and electronics drafters draw and prepare wiring diagrams, circuitry and schematics for either installation or repair of electronic devices and computers. Drafters fill in technical details using drawings, rough sketches, specifications, and calculations made by engineers, surveyors, architects, or scientists.

 

Program Information

MACC offers an associate of applied science degree in Drafting Design Technology. This two-year program prepares graduates to enter employment in a variety of settings from residential to industrial to civil specialty areas as well as general drafting positions. MACC also offers a certificate option in drafting.

Working with state-of the-art equipment and software, students gain valuable knowledge and experience in areas such as: engineering and technical drawing, beginning, intermediate and advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD), as well as civil and architectural design. Learning the skills implemented in this program, students gain the competitive advantage of having hands-on experience and a strong portfolio of work when entering the workforce.

 

Employment Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Job opportunities for drafters should be the best for individuals with at least two years of postsecondary training in a drafting program that provides strong technical skills and considerable experience with CAD systems.” As technology continues to advance, employers will look for drafters with a strong background in fundamental drafting principles, a high level of technical sophistication, and the ability to apply their knowledge to a broader range of responsibilities. After gaining professional experience, qualified drafters may advance to a senior-level drafter or designer, or supervisor. With continued education, drafters can work to become engineer technicians or architects.