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 is a specialized skill that involves the process of converting an idea from a designer’s mind to precise shop drawings and specifications from which a product or project can be constructed. This field requires individuals with imagination, insight, the ability to visualize in 3-D, some technical knowledge of mechanical and architectural drawings, along with an aptitude of applying mathematics and the physical sciences in completing assigned projects.
Trenholm State Community College uses the world’s most popular Computer Aided Design (CAD) software; AutoDesk’s AutoCAD, 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 “on the job” drafting techniques and training in Automated Manufacturing; such as 3-D printing. In addition, the student will be trained in Technical Sketching, 3-D modeling (BIM) software programs such as Inventor, Revit Architecture, SolidWorks, Google Pro Sketch-Up and Catia.