Designers translate the ideas and rough sketches of engineers and architects into drawings to communicate specific details to other engineers, architects, drafters, technicians, and manufacturing. Drawings are used as a basis for further research and design, for manufacturing and construction, and for documenting the engineer's concept. Designers use computers, engineering practices, reference materials, and manufacturing processes, to create complete drawings, models, and construction designs.
Those selecting this degree program will develop proficiency in drafting and computer-aided design. They will learn to prepare drawings for manufacturing, fabrication, and construction. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Drafting and design standards will be taught and reinforced as they prepare drawings in both 2D and 3D using AutoCAD, Solidworks, Civil 3D, Revit, and Mastercam applications software. They will be trained to utilize the software for the related industry.
Throughout this course of study, students will learn to use sketches, notes, technical literature, and personal research to complete assignments in a timely manner.
The 3 Associate in Applied Science degrees is divided into three areas major areas requested by local industries: approximately 770 hours of training in required drafting courses; approximately 300 hours of training in required general education courses; and approximately 660 hours of training in specialized related courses.
The specialized related courses permit students to develop their own areas of emphasis in mechanical, architectural, civil, or structural drafting. For a more general background, the student is free to sample courses from each area.
CAD-Design is a large and fast-growing occupation; the future of the field is wide open. Computers will assist drafting procedures, but they will not replace the design drafter who has a comprehensive design education.
What you need
People who like and are successful in Design Drafting Technology have the ability to concentrate, conceptualize, organize, and remember details; enjoy solving problems, being neat, and paying attention to details; have good eye-hand coordination, and ability to visualize, and an interest in mathematics and science; and work well with others in a team.
A background in mathematics will be helpful to get started, but courses are available for the student who needs to review or develop the necessary skills in mathematics, reading, English, and study skills.
Drafting and CADD courses have lab fees. See current class schedule for fee amounts.
What we offer
The faculty is composed of one full-time instructor and five adjunct instructors all with industry experience, and Adjuncts who work full-time in the industry and teach part-time. This team brings many years of diverse industry experience to the classroom for the benefit of Green River design students.
A hands-on learning experience.
Credit through high school articulation agreements.
Program is available for Running start.
Possible credit for prior work experience.
Soon to be approved for VA applicants.
Participation in Cooperative Education
Work-oriented skills required by employers.
This program prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of architects, engineers and planners engaged in designing and developing buildings, urban complexes, and related systems. Students will learn to apply technical knowledge and skills to develop working drawings and electronic simulations for architectural and related construction projects. Includes instruction in basic construction and structural design, architectural rendering, architectural-aided drafting (CAD), layout and designs, architectural blueprint interpretation, building materials, and basic structural wiring diagramming.
Students will learn to use 2-D orthographic and 3-D modeling based on Boolean generated and “feature-based” solid modeling, including 3-D, scanned Data points, and Photogrammetry based geometry. Programs used include AutoCAD, Revit, AutoCAD MEP, along with experience with Navisworks and ReCap photo.