Drafting and Design Engineering Technology

Degree or Certificate?
Since students require different levels of training, both an associate degree program and a certificate option are available.

Examine any manufactured product and it's almost a certainty that a professional drafter was involved in its creation and development. Drafters are responsible for the preparation of technical drawings and plans used to build everything from manufactured products, such as computer keyboards and aircraft wings, to structures such as houses and commercial buildings. In order to successfully complete a job, drafters rely on computer workstations and associated drafting programs collectively referred to as CAD or "computer-aided drafting." The drafter's drawings provide visual guidelines, while showing the technical details of the products and structures. The drawings specify the dimensions, materials and procedures required to take a product from conception to completion. Using technical handbooks, tables, calculators and computers, drafters fill in the technical details, specifications, codes and calculations previously made by engineers, surveyors, architects or scientists.

The Drafting and Design Engineering Technology Program at Tulsa Community College offers individuals the training to enter the Computer-Aided Drafting field. For those people already working as CAD operators, TCC provides classes necessary to update skills and increase their value as an employee.

Specialized Training in 3-D Courseware
Students in the program learn the most current CAD programs. Consequently, they are well prepared to enter the job market. In addition, the faculty bring years of experience to ensure students have the theoretical and practical foundation to build their drafting skills. Many of the instructors currently work as CAD operators and are familiar with current trends and computer applications.
  • Parapatric modeling solutions in Pro E Wildfire, AutoCAD Inventor and Solidworks.
  • Mechanical design topics in engineering practice.
  • Civil drafting software implementation.
Employment Opportunities Available to Graduates
  • Aeronautical drafters prepare engineering drawings detailing plans and specifications used in the manufacture of aircraft, missiles and related parts.
  • Architectural drafters draw architectural and structural features of buildings and other structures.
  • Civil drafters prepare drawings and topographical and relief maps used in major construction or civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, pipelines, flood control projects, and water and sewage systems.
  • Electrical drafters prepare wiring and layout diagrams used by workers who erect, install, and repair electrical equipment and wiring in communication centers, power plants, electrical distribution systems and buildings.
  • Electronics drafters draw wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, schematics and layout drawings used in the manufacture, installation and repair of electronic devices and components.
  • Mechanical drafters prepare detail and assembly drawings of a wide variety of machinery and mechanical devices, indicating dimensions, fastening methods and other requirements.
  • Process piping or pipeline drafters prepare drawings used in the layout, construction and operation of oil and gas fields, refineries, chemical plants and process piping systems.
Job Outlook
"The industrial growth and increasingly complex design problems associated with new products and manufacturing processes will increase the demand for drafting services," according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Furthermore, "drafters are beginning to break out of the traditional drafting role and increasingly do work traditionally performed by engineers and architects, thus increasing demand for drafters."

The American Design Drafting Association has fully certified this program to the level of design drafter. It provides the student with a general education in mathematics, physics, English, engineering drawing and design, as well as specific training in Computer-Aided Design Drafting (CADD). Those completing the associate degree program will be prepared for exciting careers in the fields of mechanical, structural, electrical, or other graphics communication technologies. Upon completion of this program, the graduate may apply for the ADDA National Examination for certification.
The Certificate of Achievement in Drafting and Computer-Aided Design Technology is designed to recognize the accomplishment of students who have completed the technical course work required for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Design Engineering Technology, but not the General Education requirements. This certificate is a logical goal for students seeking the technical skill level of the associate degree, but whose circumstances impose a more limited time frame than the degree requires. It also provides documentation of exposure to both basic drafting and more advanced design theory and practice.