A Blueprint for Success - Computer Aided Drafting at NCTC
Drafting is the graphic language used by modern industry to communicate ideas and plans. Those high tech industries are demanding workers who are trained to produce detailed, computerized drawings. Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) technicians are also needed by architectural and engineering firms.
The Drafting and Design Technology program at NCTC offers hands-on instruction using the latest releases of CAD software like AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, Civil 3DSolidWorks and others. The Autodesk suite is the industry standard comprehensive software suite used around the world by today's design engineers, printed circuit board designers, architects and commercial interior designers. Solidworks is a widely used standard in 3D solid modeling. The instruction is designed to reinforce class lecture with demonstrations and laboratory exercise experience. Students work on projects and develop time management, teamwork, and communication skills. Classes are offered both during the day and at night at the Corinth and Gainesville campuses.
DRAFTING TECHNOLOGY (Options)
Gainesville and Corinth Campuses
Students can work toward a drafting certificate or degree. Certificate students master subjects like basic CAD, architecture, mechanical, and 3D solid modeling gaining entry level skills to join the workforce. Generally students can finish the Drafting certificate in one year as a full time student going during the daytime. Or working students can go part-time and take one or two classes per semester and finish over a longer period of time. An Associate of Applied Science degree is also offered in Drafting and Design. The AAS degree is sixty (60) credit hours in length. Included in the degree program are Ethics, Speech, Math, and other core academic courses. All the courses completed in the certificate program are part of the degree option. So if after completing a certificate a student wanted to work toward a degree, all the work from the certificate would count toward the advanced credential. Also the work done at NCTC may be transferred to local universities for those students wishing to work toward a BAAS degree. The degree program in Drafting at NCTC offers the student choices in degree path with several advanced drafting electives. The electives allow the student to focus their training in areas of interest that best fit their career goals. Of course students may work beyond the 60 hour degree requirement and take extra drafting electives or core academic courses.