Every new structure or machine starts out as the idea of a designer or an engineer. It is only through the knowledge and ability of highly skilled and trained drafters/designers that these ideas are put on paper and actually come to life. Drafting and design is a specialized craft that involves the process of converting an idea from a designer’s mind to precise working drawings and specifications from which a product or project can be constructed. This field requires individuals with imagination, insight, the ability to think in three dimensions, the technical knowledge of mechanical and architectural drawing, and the aptitude to apply mathematics and the physical sciences.
Trenholm State uses the world’s most popular Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, AutoDesk’s AutoCAD (ACAD), Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA), SolidWorks, to teach basic architectural and engineering design graphic principles, standards, and conventions. The courses are comprised of theory classes with associated practical laboratory assignments incorporating computer-aided drafting techniques. In addition, the student is exposed to manual drafting and 3D modeling software programs such as Inventor and Revit Architecture.