The Drafting Technology Program at College of the Redwoods prepares students to meet the design and drafting needs of engineering, architectural, and manufacturing firms. Graduates are prepared for entry level jobs such as drafter, designer, engineering assistant, 3-D modeler, and estimator. Graduates will be especially qualified as computer-aided drafters, solving basic design problems and providing engineering support. In addition, Drafting Technology graduates may continue on to university programs such as industrial technology, engineering, manufacturing, and architecture.
Drafters typically divide their time between working with clients and working on a computer in a professional office environment. The typical drafting technician enters the field as part of a design or engineering group. Projects are usually completed under strict guidelines requiring accurate, clear, and timely work.
The Drafting Technology program at College of the Redwoods offers students the opportunity to learn skills required by today’s high tech engineering, architecture, and manufacturing industries. Students may earn a two-year Associate of Science Degree or Certificate of Achievement in Architectural Design Drafting, Mechanical Design Drafting, or Civil Design Drafting. All of the Drafting Technology programs are fully accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Students learn in a hands-on, high tech classroom and lab environment, using the latest computer-aided drafting (CAD) software and hardware, including 3-D printing technology.