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Associate of Applied Science - 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 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 32 credit hour certificate option and a Certificate of Specialization in this field.

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.

Academic Map

This academic map is a semester-by-semester schedule of courses based upon the AAS degree requirements as outlined in the academic catalog. In order for you to graduate in two years, specific milestones, courses and other requirements (e.g. prerequisites) must be met in a timely manner. Additionally, keep in mind this map does not substitute for academic advisement. If you have questions, see your advisor and refer to the MACC website for current information. Finally, enrolling for courses during the summer session is an option and can reduce your regular course load and allow you to stay on track to graduate in two years.


Course Semester Hours Milestone
  First Semester (Fall)
 DDT101  Engineering Drawing 3  
 DDT112  Computer-Aided Design I 3  
   Humanities 3  
 IND104 or
 Industrial Materials & Processes or
 Measurements and Instruments
 IND120 or
 Technical Report Writing or
 Composition I
 SKL101  College Orientation 1  SKL101
  Second Semester (Spring)
 DDT102  ^Technical Drawing 3  
 DDT211  ^Computer-Aided Design II 3  
 DDT225  ^Architectural Design I 3  
 MTH130 or
 ^Technical Mathematics or
 ^College Algebra
3  MTH130 or
 SPK101  Public Speaking 3  
  Third Semester (Fall)
 DDT223  ^Civil Engineering Design 3  
 DDT226  ^Architectural Design II 3  
 DDT228  ^Structural Drafting & Design 3  
 MSP101  Machine Tool I 3  
 MTH135 or
 ^Advanced Technical Mathematics or
 ^College Trigonometry
2-3  MTH135 or
  Fourth Semester (Spring)
 DDT227  ^Architectural Design III 3  
 DDT232  ^Drafting Design Capstone Project 3  
 DDT250  ^Design Concepts 3  
 HST105 or
 American History to 1865 or
 Functions & Policies of American Government
 IND108  Technical Physics 4  
 SKL250 or
 Employment Seminar or
 ^Drafting Design Internship
  Total Hours for Degree 62-64  


*It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete the Milestone courses as planned on the academic map to ensure completion of the degree in two years. In addition, if students do not successfully complete the Milestone course(s), they are strongly encouraged to re-enroll in the course(s) the following semester.

^Please refer to the course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).