A computer aided drafter and designer is a technical specialist with broad-based skills for architectural, civil, mechanical, and manufacturing fields. In this program, the students are taught manual drafting techniques and 2D and 3D CAD. Specific skills taught include, but are not limited to, lettering, geometric construction, orthographic projections, dimensioning and tolerancing, and related technical processes. These skills are required to transform specifications and instructions of architects, designers, and engineers into complete and precise drawings. The drafter is a skilled technician with a thorough understanding of the graphic language and is an indispensable contributor to the engineering design team.
Progression in the Computer Aided Drafting and Design program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of “C” or greater in each technical and mathematics course with maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or above (on a 4 scale)
Graduates from this program are ready for entry-level positions as drafters or cad operators with architectural, civil, mechanical, and manufacturing companies that hire drafters.
Further study may include careers to be an Engineer, Architect, or Surveyor.
Computer Aided Drafting and Design is a level 1 (one) program for the certificate and diploma assessment and placement (COMPASS) scores for program admission. Refer to KCTCS COMPASS Program Admission Criteria, June 2006 (or latest revised edition) for appropriate scores.
For the Associate in Applied Science degree in General Occupational/Technical Studies a minimum score of 18 on the ACT in reading, mathematics, and English qualifies the student to enroll in the appropriate entry-level course in the discipline. (Check with admissions for any revisions to this requirement.)
Students seeking a diploma can complete the plan of study in four semesters.
Students seeking Associate in Applied Science degree (GOTS) complete the program in four or five semesters.