26 Credits | 1 Year
Ashland**, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior**
*Combination of On Site and/or Online Live instruction
**Available through Online Live instruction
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.
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.
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
Get hands-on experience working with software and technology that is currently used in the industry.
Learn by doing.
Great starting salary potential.
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.
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.
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.
You could take this first and get a credential.
Continue your education to obtain an associate degree.
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 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 2020-21*
26 Credits | 1 Year
Additional tools and supplies may also be required.
*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.