26 Credits | 1 Year
Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior
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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.
The Drafting Technician will work in various positions within the engineering, architectural, construction and manufacturing industries. Students 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.
Drafting Technician graduates will be able to:
- Develop construction documents
- Examine basic construction materials and systems
- Use computer-aided drafting and architectural related software
- Utilize office practices and standards
- Utilize the Enrolled Wisconsin Commercial Building Code incorporating the International Building Code (IBC)
Get hands-on experience working with software and technology that is currently used in the industry.
Learn by doing.
Use current technology.
Great starting salary potential.
The coursework for this program is relevant and current. All classes are taught by individuals experienced in the field in a variety of areas.
As a Drafting Technician student at Northwood Tech, you can continue your education to build upon your credentials by working to earn the Architectural Commercial Design associate degree.
Flexible Learning Options
Connect with your instructor and classmates during live classes via the web.
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.
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!
You could take this first and get a credential.
Continue your education to earn an associate degree.
Earn a bachelor's degree through Northwood Tech's transfer opportunities.
Admissions and Tuition
Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.
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 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.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2023-24*
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 earn a Drafting Technician technical diploma. Continue your education in the Architectural Commercial Design associate degree program.
Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond.
Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.