Drafting and Computer Aided Design (CAD) emphasizes the theory and application of drafting principles used to create detailed drawings according to exact project dimensions and specifications. In this class, students will learn basic manual drafting on the board and computer aided drafting. Instruction includes experiences in gathering and translating realistic project data or specifications, completion of two and three dimensional drawings, and the development of computer models. CAD is a two-year program for sophomores, juniors and senior students. Experience will be gained in the latest 2D and 3D computer design tools. Students will get to use AutoCAD 2013 and many of its sub-programs such as Inventor, AutoCAD Architecture, Revit, 3ds MAX and others. AutoCAD has become the professional choice for Engineering, Architecture,and Game Design.

Students also learn Rhino 3D NURBS modeling and Bongo animation programs-used on movies such as SpiderMan, Ice Age, and Minority Report. Other programs may include Blender and Microsoft Office (including Windows Movie Maker). Instruction will reinforce and expand students mathematical skills through the study of geometric tolerancing and construction and the use of geometry and trigonometry principles in design projects and laboratory activities. Students will also enhance their reading and comprehension skills through daily use of technical software manuals. The techniques learned, and software used, should be state of the art and reflect current industry standards.

Dual Credit Institutions

Career Paths

Draftsperson, Engineer, Architect, Quality Control Inspector, CNC Programmer, Animator, Medical

$50,710 Average Median Annual Salary

$24.38 Average Median Hourly Salary

Career/Technical Student Organization

(Skills USA) Students participate in community service projects, and various skill competitions through Skills USA. Through these activities students develop leadership and organizational skills, team building, interpersonal communications, and enhanced technical skills.