Drafting technicians are engineering communication specialists who apply mathematics, computer applications and manual skills to develop specifications and drawings for the manufacturing and construction of virtually everything made in the world. JCCC’s drafting technology program offers students up-to-date equipment in facilities located in the Industrial Training Center on the JCCC campus. In addition, the program offers departmental specialty courses. The program provides students with the skills necessary to produce detailed shop drawings, land plats, erection drawings and designs for manufacturing, building, production, commercial building and site construction as well as detailed drawings and designs of components, assemblies and systems used in manufactured products.

Industrial growth and increasingly complex design problems will greatly increase the demand for design and drafting services, particularly using CAD equipment. Employers are most interested in applicants with drafting and mechanical skills, a background in CAD techniques and courses in math, science and engineering technology.

The two-year curriculum enables students to use the latest computer-aided design equipment. Course projects and laboratory procedures are similar to those used in industry.

An associate of applied science degree is awarded upon the successful completion of 64 credit hours.

(Major Code 2220; CIP Code 15.1302)

Drafting Technology Program web page

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Prerequisite for Required Courses

Prior to enrolling in CSS 110 and CSS 111 students must take the following prerequisite, or have taken an equivalent transfer course, or have passed the waiver test, or have obtained a waiver from the program administrator.  

CSS 105Introduction to Personal Computers: Windows0-1
or CSS 106 Introduction to Personal Computers: Macintosh
Note: Students completing CSS 105 or CSS 106 need 4 hours of Technical Electives. Students completing the waiver test need 5 credit hours of Technical Electives.
Total Hours0-1

First Semester

Full Semester Course
MATH 130Technical Mathematics I*3
or MATH 171 College Algebra*
First Eight Week Session
CSS 110Spreadsheets I: MS Excel*1
DRAF 120Introduction to Drafting2
DRAF 130Introduction to CAD Concepts - AutoCAD*3
Second Eight Week Session
CSS 111Spreadsheets II: MS Excel*1
DRAF 123Interpreting Machine Drawings*2
DRAF 129Interpreting Architectural Drawings2
DRAF 230Intermediate CAD: AutoCAD*3
Total Hours17

Second Semester

Full Semester Courses
DRAF 135Graphic Analysis*3
DRAF 211Engineering Design Problems*3
ENGL 121Composition I*3
Humanities Elective ^3
First Eight Week Session
DRAF 145Introduction to Parametric Design: Inventor*2
Second Eight Week Session
DRAF 245Advanced Parametric Design: Inventor*2
Total Hours16

Third Semester

Full Semester Courses
DRAF 222Mechanical Design and Drafting*3
DRAF 225Civil Drafting*3
ENGL 123Technical Writing I*3
or ENGL 122 Composition II*
First Eight Week Session
DRAF 143Introduction to BIM Building Information Modeling*2
Second Eight Week Session
DRAF 243Advanced BIM: Revit*2
DRAF 244Civil 3D*2
Total Hours15

Fourth Semester

Technical Electives (see below)4-5
Note: Students completing CSS 105 or CSS 106 need 4 hours of Technical Electives. Students completing the waiver test need 5 credit hours of Technical Electives.
DRAF 238Architectural Design and Drafting*3
DRAF 246MicroStation for AutoCAD users*2
DRAF 252Structural Design and Drafting*3
Social Science and/or Economics Elective ^3
Total Hours15-16
Total Program Hours: 64

Technical Electives

CMGT 105Construction Methods3
DRAF 142Exploring Autodesk Fusion 3602
DRAF 1523D Modeling with SketchUp2
DRAF 1623D Printing2
DRAF 247Revit Systems MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing)*2
DRAF 271Drafting Internship I*3
DRAF 272Drafting Internship II*3

This course has registration requirements. 


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