Contact:  Mr. Drew McKibben  Phone: 794-1436 ext. 246

Honors Drafting


What You Will Be Able To Do:

  • Develop skills using drafting instruments
  • Illustrate complex objects using the Computer-Aided Drafting system
  • Auxiliary views, threads and fasteners, pictorials, and the continuation of conventional dimensioning practices.
  • Basic concepts and principles of Architectural Design Field
  • Floor Plan layout, electrical layout, foundations and typical elevations.
  • Detailed architectural plans

This program provides emphasis on student orientation, safety, tools and procedures, geometric construction, sketching, dimensioning practices, visualization, and orthographic projection concepts. Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) functions and techniques using CAD software applications are utilized throughout. Topics include sectioning, auxiliary views, threads and fasteners, pictorials, and the continuation of conventional dimensioning practices. Advanced classes emphasize floor plan layouts, electrical plans, foundation plans, wall sections, roof design, and evaluations.  Students are able to draw a basic residential architectural construction drawing. Career readiness projects allow student opportunities to research industry standards and practices.

Potential Earnings:  Architectural and civil drafters earn between $25,000 and $35,000 a year. With experience, this increases to about $35,000 to $55,000 a year. The median annual income for this type of drafter is around $42,000.
A mechanical drafter, entry-level, earn between $30,000 to $40,000 a year and after years of experience can earn a median of about $44,000 a year. Some earn $68,000 a year or more. Electrical and electronics drafters, entry-level, earn between $30,000 and $45,000 a year. With experience their median income is $47,000 a year. Senior drafters can make up to $75,000 a year.

Architects are required to spend 3 years as interns before they can be licensed. Interns earn between $30,000 and $50,000 a year. Earnings for licensed architects vary. Most earn $45,000 and $100,000 a year, with a medial annual income of about $65,000. Principal architects in a firm can earn up to $300,000/yr

College and Related Education:     Drafters need to have well-developed drafting and mechanical-drawing skills, including a knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD) software and drafting standards. Employers prefer applicants to have formal post-secondary training in drafting. Drafting programs are offered by technical institutes, 2-year colleges, and vocational schools, and some 4-year colleges.  Programs generally take 2 years to complete and lead to an associate degree.

Drafting Classes Availalbe at DTC: 

  • Introduction to Drafting Design
  • Honors Intermediate Drafting Design
  • Honors Advanced Drafting Design
  • Honors Introduction to Architectural Design
  • Honors Intermediate Architectural Design
  • Honors Advanced Architectural Design
  • Honors 3-D Solid Model Design I & II