If you like art, math, and science, you’re a great candidate for an associate degree in Drafting/Design technology. You’ll learn how to use computer-aided drafting & design (CADD) technology to make drawings and computer simulations support architects or mechanical, electrical, or industrial engineers.
You may also study manufacturing processes, electrical and wiring processes, or building materials and engineering practices, depending on how you want to specialize with your drafting skills. An associate of applied science degree puts you on the path to becoming an architectural or civil drafter, electrical or electronics drafter, or a mechanical drafter.
You’ll learn not only CADD tools, but also traditional methods of drafting blueprints and diagrams. Drafting jobs are good for creative people, because you don’t create the same schematic or drawing twice! They also pay well, with a median annual salary in the Houston/Gulf Coast area of nearly $50,000.
Drafters must have a good eye and enjoy detailed work. You’ll also need to have good communications skills because you’ll work with planners, architects, and engineers to perfect diagrams and implement what they need accurately. You’ll help translate their ideas and designs into blueprints and technical diagrams that construction workers can actually use to build things, that electricians can use to run wire properly, and even so plumbers can run piping correctly. Most of your work will occur in an office environment, working on a computer, but you may also have the opportunity to go see your diagrams and designs put to use on a building site or work floor.
Here’s the best part – you can get your associate degree in drafting technology in two years at one of our community college member schools at a fraction of the cost of some online private schools. Our tuition and fees are extremely affordable, especially for students who reside in the district. You can find our communities colleges and their services areas here. Houston’s petrochemical and manufacturing industries are growing exponentially, and if you’re interested in a drafting degree, you’ll have plenty of jobs to choose from when you graduate.