curriculum document Architectural CAD - AAS
curriculum document Machine Drafting - AAS

Why This Program?

Students may choose either architectural or machine drafting options, but they are cross-trained in each discipline, including civil drafting, to increase their marketability to potential employers.

Program instructors have work experience in the computer drafting field.

In the Special Projects course, students have the opportunity to work with local business partners on real engineering projects. The students work in teams to complete engineering drawings. The importance of communication is emphasized as the partners make themselves available to provide support throughout the course. Students complete the course with a final presentation to the business partners.

The program has an active SkillsUSA chapter. Students have the opportunity to develop team and leadership skills, as well as compete in state and national contests.

An advisory board of industry members meets regularly to provide direction for the program, ensuring that students receive the education needed to prepare for entry into the workforce.

Brief Explanation

This program provides students with a general knowledge of architectural styles, planning, construction and drafting techniques. Emphasis is placed on creating computer-generated residential plans using current CAD software. Persons with less than two years of high school drafting should take technical drafting in the first semester.

Program Outcomes

1. Effectively and efficiently operate computer software, including CAD two-dimensional, CAD three-dimensional, architectural, mechanical, animation, and Windows
2. Effectively and efficiently operate computer hardware, including a CAD workstation, printers, and plotters
3. Effectively and efficiently operate board drafting equipment in the creation of working drawings
4. Describe the basic machining or construction processes used to create accurate working drawings
5. Define drafting terminology
6. Create working drawings using orthographic projection, pictorial representation, dimensioning, and annotations