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Drafting Technology
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  The Drafting Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of positions in the drafting field. The program provides learning opportunities that introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in drafting.  
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program offered completely online?
Not at this time. Only the core classes can be taken online. At present there is not any drafting classes online, but the drafting classes are web enhanced.

Which semesters do you accept students into this program?
The drafting program accepts new students every term.

The beginning drafting course, DFTG 1101 CAD Fundamentals, is offered twice a year, for both day and evening classes, during the fall and spring semesters. If a student begins his/her drafting program other than fall or spring semester, they will be limited to core courses such as Math 1013, Math 1015, Engl 1010, Comp 1000, and Empl 1000.

Is it possible for a student to take all his/her class work in the evening?
Yes, students can complete the drafting program by taking all course work in the day or evening or mixing day and evening classes. In some situations, a student may have to take a day class or an evening class because some core courses are offered only once a year.

Is it possible for students in the drafting program to take program courses and remedial courses at the same time?
Yes, students may take remedial courses and program courses during the same term. It is recommended to have most of the remedial courses completed before starting the program courses. If more than one remedial course is required, a student may elect to complete all his/her remedial work and core classes before starting the drafting program of study. Students need to consider how much time they can allow for their course work and what will be their best schedule.

Is there a selection process for this program?
No, there is no selection process. Classes are filled on a first come basis.

What are your office hours?
Office hours are Monday through Thursday 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Can a student start their occupational courses before completing their core courses?
Yes, students can take their program courses and core courses during the same term.

Approximately how long will it take to complete the program if enrolled:
Full-time? 4 Terms; Part-time? 7 Terms

Is the drafting program offered at different locations?
No, the drafting program offers both evening and day classes at the Oakwood campus only. Please contact David Roberson at 770-533-6979 or for more information.

What are the different options under the drafting program?
Students have 3 options under the drafting program. A student can enroll in the certificate, diploma,  or degree program. The certificate program is a series of courses taken from the diploma program. The certificates are sequential and a student can complete up to 5 different certificates. The diploma program is a series of courses divided into core, fundamental, and specialization courses. In the diploma program a student completes the core, fundamental courses and then chooses a specialization, either mechanical or architectural specialization. The mechanical covers machine shop and general mechanical applications. The architectural covers residential drafting and architectural related areas. A student is not limited to one specialization and may complete both mechanical and architectural specializations. The degree has the same drafting classes as the diploma but the core courses are different and the elective hours increased. Some students elect to complete the diploma program and then add the degree. 

What is the difference between the HOPE grant and the HOPE scholarship?
This is confusing to most people. The HOPE grant is for diploma and certificate seeking students and the HOPE scholarship is for the degree seeking students. Sometimes a student will qualify for the HOPE grant and not the HOPE scholarship. The requirements for each are different and a student should talk to a financial aid specialist to discuss their options.

If a degree seeking student does not qualify for the HOPE scholarship, what is their best option?
Many students who do not qualify for the HOPE scholarship may qualify for the HOPE grant and elect to enroll in the diploma program. The drafting courses are the same for the degree and diploma. Later, a student can change their major to the degree program without any penalty from financial aid. At this point, the student may qualify for the HOPE scholarship and should contact a financial aid specialist for an evaluation of their transcript.

Are there other scholarships available?
Yes, there are other scholarships available. The PELL grant is a federal grant for students and there are other scholarships that may be available. A student needs to discuss their needs with a financial aid specialist.

What is the cost to attend Lanier Technical College?
As of spring semester 2012, Tuition cost is $85.00 per credit hour up to 15 credit hours. HOPE will pay $60.75 per credit hour.

How much can I expect to pay for any fees not covered by Financial Aid (supplies, uniforms, insurance, and any other fees associated with the program)?
There are no program fees but there are fees which total $188.00 for regular students per term.

What types of jobs are available to those who complete the program?
Most of the jobs are in the machine or mechanical area, such as Harris, Roper Pump, Patterson Pump, Stork, Cantrell Machine and other manufacturing companies. We do place some people in the architectural related areas such as cabinet drawings, roof and floor joist layouts, and other architectural related building products.

What is the job market outlook for graduates of this program?
The job market is reflective of our economy. If home construction is down, so are the architectural jobs. At present the economy is having an effect on job placement, but we are still placing students in jobs. We are having better success in the mechanical area.

Where are the majority of jobs located?
The jobs are located over northeast Georgia with a concentration around the major road arteries of I-85, I-985, and Ga. 400. The range of student placement has been from Toccoa to Alpharetta, from Jefferson to Dawsonville, and from Norcross to Dahlonega.

What is the expected salary range?
The average starting salary is $12.50 to $15.00 per hour. We have had several drafting students starting in the 19 and 20 dollar range.

What software is used in the drafting program?
From Autodesk we have AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit. We also have SolidWorks.

Can students receive a student version of the software?
Student can receive a discounted student version of SolidWorks. Autodesk will allow students to download a student version free of charge.

What are the steps to enroll at Lanier Technical College?
1. Submit an application. (online, mail, or in person)
2. Submit an official high school or an official GED transcript
3. Request an official transcript from all colleges attended
4. Take the placement test

Additional Information on the
Drafting Program

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Significant Points [+]

  • Opportunities should be best for individuals with at least 2 years of postsecondary training in drafting.
  • Demand for various types of drafters depends on the needs of local industry.

  • Program Instructors [+]

      David Roberson  
      Drafting Technology Instructor/Program Director
      Hall Campus
      Phone: (770) 533-6979

    Nature of the Work [+]

    Drafters prepare technical drawings and plans, which are used by production and construction workers to build everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

    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. For example, many drafters use their knowledge of standardized building techniques to draw in the details of structures. Some use their understanding of engineering and manufacturing theory and standards to draw the parts of a machine; they determine design elements, such as the numbers and kinds of fasteners needed to assemble the machine. Drafters use technical handbooks, tables, calculators, and computers to complete their work.

    Most drafters use Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) systems to prepare drawings. Consequently, some drafters may be referred to as CADD operators. With CADD systems, drafters can create and store drawings electronically so that they can be viewed, printed, or programmed directly into automated manufacturing systems. CADD systems also permit drafters to quickly prepare variations of a design. Although drafters use CADD extensively, they still need knowledge of traditional drafting techniques in order to fully understand and explain concepts.

    Aeronautical drafters prepare engineering drawings that detail plans and specifications used in the manufacture of aircraft, missiles, and related parts.

    Architectural drafters draw architectural and structural features of buildings for new construction projects. These workers may specialize in a type of building, such as residential or commercial, or in a kind of material used, such as reinforced concrete, masonry, steel, or timber.

    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 drawings showing the detail and method of assembly 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.

    Work Environment [+]

    Drafters usually work in comfortable offices. Because they spend long periods in front of computers doing detailed work, drafters may be susceptible to eyestrain, back discomfort, and hand and wrist problems. Most drafters work a standard 40-hour week; only a small number work part time.

    Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement [+]

    Employers prefer applicants who have completed postsecondary school training in drafting, which is offered by technical institutes, community colleges, and some 4-year colleges and universities. Employers are most interested in applicants with well-developed drafting and mechanical drawing skills; knowledge of drafting standards, mathematics, science, and engineering technology; and a solid background in CADD techniques.

    Education and training. High school courses in mathematics, science, computer technology, design, computer graphics, and, where available, drafting are useful for people considering a drafting career. Employers prefer applicants who have also completed training after high school at a technical institute, community college, or 4-year college or university. Prospective students should contact prospective employers to ask which schools they prefer and contact schools to ask for information about the kinds of jobs their graduates have, the type and condition of instructional facilities and equipment, and teacher qualifications.

    Technical institutes offer intensive technical training, but they provide a less general education than do community colleges. Either certificates or diplomas may be awarded, and programs can vary considerably in length and in the types of courses offered. Many technical institutes offer 2-year associate degree programs.

    Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but include more classes in drafting theory and also often require general education classes. Courses taken at community colleges are more likely to be accepted for credit at 4-year colleges. After completing a 2-year associate degree program, graduates may obtain jobs as drafters or continue their education in a related field at a 4-year college. Most 4-year colleges do not offer training in drafting, but they do offer classes in engineering, architecture, and mathematics that are useful for obtaining a job as a drafter.

    Technical training obtained in the Armed Forces also can be applied in civilian drafting jobs. Some additional training may be necessary, depending on the technical area or military specialty.

    Training differs somewhat within the drafting specialties, although the basics, such as mathematics, are similar. In an electronics drafting program, for example, students learn how to depict electronic components and circuits in drawings. In architectural drafting, they learn the technical specifications of buildings.

    Other qualifications. Mechanical ability and visual aptitude are important for drafters. Prospective drafters should be able to draw well and perform detailed work accurately. Artistic ability is helpful in some specialized fields, as is knowledge of manufacturing and construction methods. In addition, prospective drafters should have good interpersonal skills because they work closely with engineers, surveyors, architects, and other professionals and, sometimes, with customers.

    Certification and advancement. The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) has established a certification program for drafters. Although employers usually do not require drafters to be certified, certification demonstrates knowledge and an understanding of nationally recognized practices. Individuals who wish to become certified must pass the Drafter Certification Test, which is administered periodically at ADDA-authorized sites. Applicants are tested on basic drafting concepts, such as geometric construction, working drawings, and architectural terms and standards.

    Advancement. Entry-level or junior drafters usually do routine work under close supervision. After gaining experience, they may become intermediate drafters and progress to more difficult work with less supervision. At the intermediate level, they may need to exercise more judgment and perform calculations when preparing and modifying drawings. Drafters may eventually advance to senior drafter, designer, or supervisor. Many employers pay for continuing education; with appropriate college degrees, drafters may go on to become engineering technicians, engineers, or architects.

    Job Outlook [+]

    Opportunities should be best for individuals with at least 2 years of postsecondary training in a drafting program that provides strong technical skills and considerable experience with CADD systems. CADD has increased the complexity of drafting applications while enhancing the productivity of drafters. It also has enhanced the nature of drafting by creating more possibilities for design and drafting. As technology continues to advance, employers will look for drafters with a strong background in fundamental drafting principles, a high level of technical sophistication, and the ability to apply their knowledge to a broader range of responsibilities.

    Employment change. Most job openings are expected to arise from the need to replace drafters who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force completely.

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