Drafters design products or special tooling required to manufacture a new product. These designs, usually based on specifications and rough sketches prepared by engineers, are the blueprints for manufacturing. It’s a career that can be challenging and rewarding since you are involved in the creation and development of new ideas.
Our two-year curriculum accommodates students with and without prior drafting experience. Students will develop a broad-based background in computer-aided drafting and design (CAD), product design, working drawings, plastic part design, jig and fixture design, die and mold design, additive manufacturing and prototyping, and reverse engineering. Our CAD curriculum includes solid and surface modeling with PTC Creo as well as 2D drafting with AutoCAD. We teach both CAD and manual drafting per industry and advisory committee recommendations. Students will become familiar with standard engineering office practices and ASME Y-14.5-2009 standards, including the fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. Students gain hands-on experience using 3D printers and learn about a variety of additive manufacturing technologies. Students learn how to use 3D laser scanners and other reverse engineering equipment.
Two-time recipient of the Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence. Excellent Job Placement – Approximately ninety-five percent of our graduates go directly into the job market, while those remaining may pursue a Baccalaureate degree through VU or another university. Excellent Starting Salaries –Through our placement office, our 2015 graduates reported an average starting salary of $44,300. The department maintains the latest versions of PTC Creo and AutoCAD used in industry. The Industrial Drafting Advisory Committee assists in the evaluation and guidance of curriculum updates. Full-time, industry-experienced faculty continues to stay abreast of industry changes. Faculty works directly with companies and placement office to secure employment for students. Students in the program are advised and counseled by drafting faculty. The department provides annual American Drafting and Design Association certification testing. The department hosts the annual Skills USA contest. The department provides drafting scholarships for qualified students. In-house copying is available.