Pearl River Community College

Drafting and Design Technology

Program Information

Location(s) of Program: Poplarville Campus

Brief Description of Program: The Drafting and Design Technology Program is a two-year program of study designed to provide specialized occupational instruction in all phases of drafting technology in order to prepare students for positions in the drafting field. Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans. Workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers. Although drafters spend much of their time working on computers in an office, some must visit job sites in order to collaborate with architects and engineers.

  • Instruction includes a combination of class work and laboratory experiences.
  • A major emphasis is placed upon Computer Aided Design (CAD) software which is used by the majority of the drafting industry.
  • Students will have the opportunity to earn a CAD certification in this program of study.
  • The Associates of Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the Drafting and Design Technology curriculum.

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: Drafters typically need specialized training, which can be accomplished through a technical program that leads to an associate’s degree in drafting.

Instructor Contact Information for the Program:

Jesse Andrew Walker
601.403.1115
jwalker@prcc.edu

Possible Careers in this Program: Drafters typically do the following:

  • Design plans using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Work from rough sketches and specifications created by engineers and architects
  • Design products with engineering and manufacturing techniques
  • Add details to architectural plans from their knowledge of building techniques
  • Specify dimensions, materials, and procedures for new products
  • Work under the supervision of engineers or architects

Many drafters are referred to as CAD operators. Using CAD systems, drafters create and store technical drawings digitally. These drawings contain information on how to build a structure or machine, the dimensions of the project, and what materials are needed to complete the project.

What a student can expect from a career in this field: Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

Work Environment
Although drafters spend much of their time working on computers in an office, some may visit jobsites in order to collaborate with architects and engineers. Most drafters work full time.

Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: The median annual wage for drafters was $53,480 / $25.71 in May 2016.