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Drafting Technician

Technical Diploma

26 Credits | 1 Year

Ashland**, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior**

*Combination of On Site and/or Online Live instruction

**Available through Online Live instruction

Financial Aid-Eligible

Career Cluster: Architecture & Construction

Drafting Technicians uniquely blend both creativity and analytical skills to bring the vision of an architect or engineer to life. In this career, you will use software to convert designs into technical drawings that will guide the creation of buildings, tools or systems. 

Program Overview

Drafting Technicians work in various positions within the engineering, architectural, construction and manufacturing industries. As a student in this program, you will create working drawings and technical drawings from rough sketches or from scratch. Skills include the visualize of forms and shapes from blueprints and sketches, applying technical knowledge, attention to details, and competence on the latest versions of AutoCAD and REVIT software.

Program Outcomes

Drafting Technician graduates will be able to:

  • Develop construction documents
  • Identify basic construction materials and systems
  • Use computer-aided drafting, building information modeling and architecture-related software
  • Utilize office practices and standards
  • Utilize the Enrolled Wisconsin Commercial Building Code incorporating the International Building Code
Cutting-edge classroom space

Get hands-on experience working with software and technology that is currently used in the industry. 

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Learn by doing.

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Great starting salary potential.

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Use current technology.


The coursework for this program is relevant and current. All classes are taught by individuals experienced in the field in a variety of areas. 

Career Pathways

As a Drafting Technician student at Northwood Tech, you can continue your education to build upon your credentials by working to obtain the Architectural Commercial Design associate degree.

Flexible Learning Options

The delivery mode is as flexible as your location. 

Experienced Instructors

Northwood Tech is large enough to serve you, but small enough to know you. Northwood Tech’s experienced instructors are knowledgeable, approachable and eager to help you.  


The courses in the Drafting Technician program are designed to incrementally increase your knowledge in construction, CAD/BIM and building systems with a hands-on approach. 

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Featured Drafting Technician Technician Courses

| 2 CR
This course is an introduction to the application of BIM software in architectural drafting. Students will apply Revit Architecture software to create a three-dimensional building model that allows for deliverables such as floor plans, building sections, exterior elevations, and schedules. The building model will include walls, openings, floors, stairs, roofs, foundations, and footings. Topics such as datum, annotation, modifying family types, and profiles will be covered. PREREQUISITE: 10614170 Architectural Materials and Methods 1.
| 3 CR
This course introduces the student to the materials and methods used in wood frame construction. It familiarizes students with components of modern construction for the purpose of selecting the materials best suited to various construction jobs.
| 4 CR
This course introduces the student to the design principles needed for wood frame structures and incorporates the many aspects of building aesthetics and working drawings. The final assignment is to plan a set of drawings for a wood frame commercial building. PREREQUISITE: 10614172 Architectural Drafting and Design 1 and 10614176 Architectural Technology 1.

Drafting Technician is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Drafting Technician student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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Technical Diploma
26 Credits / 1 Year
Potential Careers
CAD Technician, CAD Designer
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Continue your education to obtain an associate degree. 

Associate Degree
63 Credits / 2 Years
Potential Careers
CAD Drafter, Project Manager, Store Planner, Technical Coordinator, Design Technician, CAD Technician
Range of Yearly Salary
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Obtain a bachelor's degree through Northwood Tech's transfer opportunities. 

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a Northwood Tech counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it! 

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*

Drafting Technician

26 Credits | 1 Year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Drafting Technician Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Drafting Technician technical diploma.

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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