Drafting PSAV C100200
|08/10/2017||Monday 8AM - 1PM; Tuesday - Friday (8AM - 2PM)||
17 Months (1500 Clock Hours)
Monday 8 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2 pm
(Summer schedule subject to change.)
Test of Adult
Basic Education (TABE) Scores: 9 in Reading, Language and 10 in Math OR meet TABE exemption (refer to Admissions and Testing)
The drafting program will prepare students for employment in the drafting field, building on the ability to visualize concepts and designs and to bring their ideas to life using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) methods. Students will learn the use of hardware and software used by professionals to present their design. Instruction includes creation of drawings and documents for the construction/fabrication process. The application of these advanced computer methods to specific occupational areas will be part of the student's instructions. All students will take Autodesk Certified Professional test. Students may elect to also take the Autodesk Certified User test.
Book and Supply Information
The following books and supplies are required for this program. All items listed on the fee sheet (see link below) are available at the Erwin Technical College Bookstore. The ISBN number is located after each textbook. For the most current fee sheet, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore.
Drafting Books and Supplies for November 2014 Class
Drafting Books and Supplies for January 2015 Class
Drafting Books and Supplies for March 2015 Class
Drafting Books and Supplies for April 2015 Class
Drafting Books and Supplies for June 2015 Class
Drafting PSAV Books and Supplies for August 2015 Class
Drafting Books and Supplies for October 2015 Class
Drafting Books and Supplies for January 2016 Class
Drafting Books and Supplies for April 2016 Class
Students are prepared to enter multiple fields such as: Structural and Residential Architecture- includes housing and large buildings; Civil Drafting- includes roads, land development for housing areas, water lines and storm water drainage, highway and bridges; Electrical Drafting- includes residential electrical, structural electrical, circuit boards, electrical panels, cable lines, optical lines, and networking layouts; Mechanical Drafting- includes plant/factory design, equipment design, such as tools and machine parts.
Salaries for graduates range from $15.61 - $20.57 per hour.
Source: Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the program?
The program is approximately 17 months in length. It is possible to begin working after completing 75% of the program, through the Industrial Cooperative Education Course (ICE).
What is the earning potential in this field?
The entry level starting rate is approximately $15.61-$20.57 per hour depending on the company.
Is artistic talent necessary in this field?
No, just a willingness to learn. A talent for drawing by hand is helpful, but not necessary, since most of the work is done on the computer.
Can handicapped individuals do CAD?
Yes, many companies have handicapped CAD operators working at the computer most of the day. This field is ideal for people who have difficulty standing for long periods of time or use a wheelchair. Individuals with limited hand movement use voice activated devices to control the computer.
Do students need previous drafting or computer experience?
Although prior experience is helpful and basic Windows operating skills highly recommended, many students enter the program with little or no experience with drafting or computers. A background in construction is useful, since the program is focused on the architectural, structural and civil fields within the construction industry.
Are younger students at any advantage in this field?
No, the average age student is 28 years old. Student ages range from 18 to late 60s. The demand for CAD operators is so great that companies generally are not concerned with ages of the employee; employers need people who are able to do the work.
Is freelance/contract drafting from my home a possibility?
Yes, it is possible. Generally, it is necessary to spend a few years working for a company before employees are qualified to work on their own. Some companies allow their employees to do some work at home.
Where have graduates found employment?
Graduates have been employed by McGill Engineering, Colwill Engineering, Inter Phase Construction, Architects Collaborative, Tele Systems, Biological Research Association, Reynolds Smith & Hills, Chas Griffin Engineering, Sota Drafting, NASA, Olympics, Gerdau Ameristeel, and many others.
Is job placement available upon graduation?
Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.
How can I learn more about this career field?
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