Drafting & Design Technology – Mechanical Design/CAD Option

Associate in Science

The Drafting and Design Technology program prepares graduates for employment in the field of engineering with engineering firms, manufacturing companies, electro-mechanical companies, and contract firms. Students are employed as CAD drafters, CAD technicians, 3D modelers, engineering technicians and various other positions. In this program, you will gain technical and creative knowledge and experience with 3D modeling and 3D Printing. Student will use various software, including AutoCAD, Inventor and Solid Works. Students interested in this program should enjoy the challenges of working with various CAD packages in the construction complex 3D models and assemblies, 2D geometry, as well as the documentation of technical work.

Program Details

  • 62 credits
  • 2-Year program

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Career Outlook*

More than 98% of NWF State College’s Drafting and Design Technology graduates are working in their chosen field. Demand for particular drafting specializations varies geographically, depending on the needs of local industry.

Employment of drafters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increased construction activity is projected to drive demand for drafters, but this is expected to be tempered as engineers and architects increasingly perform some tasks previously done by drafters.*

The median annual wage for drafters was $53,480 in May 2016.*

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*All career data on this page, such as occupation description, career outlook and salary information reflects the national average and was sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.