Students completing Drafting Technology learn to sketch, read and create industry
quality prints for mechanical parts and construction quality prints for the architectural
The drawings generated by students will include single-view (flat) drawings of parts
that have depth, actual sketches of real designs, solid model drawings of parts and
houses (true life, three-dimensional drawings that can be rotated and moved), renderings
(pictorial drawings, such as those seen in magazines and on websites) and entire sets
of working prints needed for the production of that part or structure.
Students will be using software such as AutoCad and SolidWorks for machine prints
and solid modeling, Architectural Desktop and Archicad for drawing residential plans,
MasterCam for creating tool paths and operations in order to mill parts on a CNC (machines
run by computer) milling machine, and Microsoft Word for generating word documentation
of some plans and projects. Students also learn to use and operate measuring devices
such as scales, dial calipers, radius gages, thread gages and angle gages. Also, they
learn to operate technical equipment such as computer stations, plotters, diazo printing
machines, CNC milling machines and a 3D-printer system that creates real life plastic
parts from 3D drawings created on CAD.
This class also teaches the fundaments of CNC programming whereby students learn to
design, draw and program a CNC operation, and operate and create real parts on the
Second-year students also have the opportunity to become nationally certified drafters
through the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) at no cost to the student.
Students who complete this program of study offered at the Arkansas Tech University
Career Center may receive a Certificate of Proficiency in computer drafting technology.