Pearl River Community College

Drafting and Design Technology

Program at a Glance

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.

What can I expect from a career in Drafting and Design?

  • According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, although drafters will continue to work on technical drawings and documents related to the design of buildings, machines, and tools, new software programs are making the work more efficient, thus requiring fewer workers. Competition for jobs is expected to be strong.
  • The median annual wage for drafters was $49,630 per year or 23.86 per hour in May 2012.

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