Drafting and Design A.A.S. (DRF)

Attention This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as an industry technician or draftsman who will be able to make detail and design drawings. The program provides students with knowledge and experience in the areas of computer-aided drafting (CAD), robotics, and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), so that they are prepared for the high-technology methods employed by industry.

Graduates assist engineers and designers in the investigation, experimentation, and development of products, tools, mechanisms, and machines. Graduates also prepare appropriate detail and design drawings for use in production.

Jobs for which graduates are expected to be qualified include detail draftsperson, design draftsperson, product design, machine design, and tool design.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • use common standards and symbols to make detail and assembly drawings according to accepted industrial practice.
  • construct drawings using various special areas of drafting, such as electronic schematics, piping, welding, structural, sheet metal layout, and castings.
  • explain the differences between various common manufacturing materials and have a knowledge of the processes available to transform these materials into finished products.
  • work from handbooks, catalogs, and other informational sources to obtain the data necessary for selecting machine components.
  • design basic tools, jigs, fixtures, and punch dies.
  • use creative thinking and good judgment when considering all the factors involved in the evolution of a mechanical design.
  • demonstrate and apply the basic principles of fluid power.
  • operate a typical computer drafting system.
  • organize and write a technical report indicating the data that was determined for the selection of a machine component.
  • determine by calculation the various operational values related to machine components, such as force, speed, and power.
  • determine by the design of a product or machine in relation to the effect it will have on the human element.