Program Purpose: Students who complete Drafting courses will acquire information, skills and training in the applied field. Students completing the Drafting program will be prepared to meet the design and drafting needs of engineering, architectural, and manufacturing firms. Students will acquire the practical knowledge and skills to successfully enter industry employment or to advance within their organization.

Program Description: Training in Drafting will prepare one for challenging careers as drafters, designers, engineering assistants, 3-D modelers, estimators, and design/drafting checkers. Students may obtain an AS, Certificate of Achievement or preparation for transfer to a four year university in the fields of industrial design, manufacturing or industrial technology. Specialized application of various software programs are taught using current technology and methods found in the Architectural, manufacturing, and design industries. There is a broad range of career opportunities such as Drafters, Designers, Illustrators, and Model Makers.

Administrative Assistant: Eileen Crump
Phone: (805) 289-6229
Location: MCW Third Floor

Lead Faculty: Ralph Fernandez
Phone: (805) 289-6398
Location: MCE 128

Area Dean: Felicia Duenas
Phone: (805) 289-6229
Office: MCW 315

What is drafting?

Drafters prepare technical drawings and plans, which are used to build everything from manufactured products such as toys, toasters, industrial machinery, and spacecraft to structures such as houses, office buildings, and oil and gas pipelines. Drafters' drawings provide visual guidelines and show how to construct a product or structure. Drawings include technical details and specify dimensions, materials, and procedures. Drafters fill in technical details using drawings, rough sketches, specifications, and calculations made by engineers, surveyors, architects, or scientists..

Career Opportunities:

The purpose of the Drafting program is to teach industrial design drafting for career advancement, general interest career exploration and/or college and university transfer. Courses cover computer assisted design, blueprint reading, measurements and computations, technical illustration, rapid design and prototyping, and more.

Degrees and Certificates Offered:

Certificates with an emphasis in electronic drafting and in industrial design are offered.