Drafting & Design

Program Description

The Drafting & Design program will apply technical knowledge and skills as each relates to the gathering and translating of data or  specifications, including basic aspects of planning, preparing and interpreting drawings and sketches in various engineering, manufacturing and construction fields. Students will learn the basics of board drawing and then progress to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) work on the computer.

Related Occupations

Other workers who prepare or analyze detailed drawings and make precise calculations and measurements include architects, except landscape and naval; landscape architects; commercial and industrial designers; engineers; engineering technicians; science technicians; and surveyors, cartographers, photo grammetrists
and surveying technicians. 

Nature of Work

Drafters prepare technical drawings and plans used by production and construction workers to build everything from manufactured products such as toys, toasters, industrial machinery, and spacecraft to structures such as houses, office buildings, and oil and gas pipelines.

Drafters’ drawings provide visual guidelines; show the technical details of the products and structures; and specify dimensions, materials, and procedures. Drafters fill in technical details using drawings, rough sketches, specifications, codes, and calculations previously made by engineers, surveyors, architects, or scientists.

Training and Advancement

Employers are most interested in applicants with well-developed drafting and mechanical drawing skills; knowledge of drafting standards, mathematics, science, and engineering technology; and a solid background  in CAD techniques. 

Employers prefer applicants who have completed postsecondary school training in drafting, training that is offered by technical institutes, community colleges, and some 4-year colleges and universities.

The FCAVTS Drafting & Design curriculum is approved by the American Drafting & Design Association. Students are eligible to take ADDA certification exams in Mechanical and/or Architectural Drafting.

Job Outlook

Employment of drafters is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2014. Drafters are beginning to break out of the traditional drafting role and do work traditionally performed by engineers and architects, thus also increasing demand for drafters.


Drafters’ earnings vary by specialty, location, and level of responsibility.

   Architectural & Civil Drafters        $25,670 -$57,6700
   Mechanical Drafters                    $27,490 -$67,650
   Electrical & Electronics Drafters  $42,200

Information printed in brochure was compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Scope & Sequence

The following courses are required to complete the Drafting & Design program of study:


Drafting & Design I

Drafting & Design II

Drafting & Design III





Corequisite:  Geometry

 Articulated Credit

Hagerstown Community College,
Computer Aided Drafting (CAD152),  3 Credits
Pennsylvania College of Technology,
Williamsport PA

Participating student must pass an              occupational assessment at a proficient or  advanced level, complete 9 credits with      program of study and be eligible to graduate to receive a certificate of completion by the FCAVTS.

Todd Wolford