A drafter is someone who produces technical drawings and plans for all kinds of designs, from house plans to circuit layouts. Drafters work with architects, engineers and other designers to determine the exact specifications for their ideas. Drafters serve an important role as an intermediary between engineers and the people who actually construct their designs. They can specialize in producing designs for industrial machines, buildings, civil infrastructure, electronics and more. Also, with the 3D printing technology our students are able to design in CAD and 3D print their work to see problems or tweak designs.
We currently offer two pathways in architecture and mechanical. Architectural drafters draw architectural and structural features of buildings for new construction projects. These workers may specialize in a type of building, such as residential or commercial, or they may specialize in a kind of material used such as reinforced concrete, masonry, steel, or timber. Mechanical drafters prepare drawings showing the detail and method of assembly of a wide variety of machinery and mechanical devices indicating dimensions, fastening methods, and other requirements. Although drafters use Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CAD) extensively, they still need knowledge of traditional drafting techniques in order to fully understand and explain concepts. There are a wide abundance of opportunities for drafters as all products begin with a design and have to to be made. Drafters would seek a career in architecture, manufacturing, civil, electronics, and many other fields. The bas salary for CAD drafter ranges from $48,801 to $63,827 with the average base salary of $55,141. Some graduates have continued their education at the University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University.
Formal Articulation Agreements
We do not currently have any formal articulation agreements for this program. However, some students do contine their education at other college and universities. If you have questions about transfer eligibility, please reach out to the program chair.