The drafting/design technician’s primary responsibilities are to convert technical ideas into graphic form, either manually or by computer-aided drafting (CAD). They normally prepare drawings from sketches and instructions furnished by designers, engineers and scientists for engineering concerns, manufacturers, architects and the government.
Many are employed in research and development or planning departments. The type of drawing work done can include mechanical, electrical, structural, illustration, cartography and piping.
Drafting jobs may be classified as draftsman, design draftsman and engineering designer. The drafting/design graduate is qualified as a design draftsman and is capable of assuming a leadership position.
Upon successful completion of the degree in drafting/design, the graduate will be able to:
• Develop and demonstrate the ability to read, understand and prepare technical drawings using tools and AutoCAD computer software.
• Follow established engineering standards for analytical computation, design, and development.
• Demonstrate professional traits such as accuracy, neatness, and organizational skills. Demonstrate the ability to read, write, and speak clearly, efficiently, and professionally.
• Demonstrate the ability to draw, read, and interpret machine part drawings, electrical/electronic drawings, technical illustration drawings, structural/architectural drawings, and pipe and map drafting using manual drafting.