Mechanical Drafting Technology

What is 'Mechanical Design Technology (DRAF)?

The Mechanical Design Technology program provides opportunities for students to learn the necessary skills to enter the manufacturing industry as drafting technicians. The program provides a balanced curriculum which includes course work in classical drafting techniques, state-of-the-art computer-aided design and exploration of manufacturing materials and processes. Local industries provide many employment opportunities in drafting and design.

Is it for you?

Mechanical Design Technology is for you if you have strong computer skills, can communicate well with others, are good at math and conceptual skills and can be a team player.

Jobs and Salary Expectations

Students in this field become drafters, CAD operators or technicians in the following industries: electronics, structural, automotive, foundry casting, manufacturing and piping/architectural. 

CAD technicians translate ideas and sketches from engineers, architects and scientists into detailed drawings of machinery and mechanical devices that are used for manufacturing and construction. Duties of CAD technicians may include interpreting directions, making sketches, preparing drawings to scale and calculating the strength, quality, quantity and cost of materials.

Program Faculty

Dave Lueders—531-MCC-2361

Program Descriptions

  • Mechanical Design Technology (DRAS1) - associate in applied science, provides a balanced curriculum which includes coursework in classical drafting techniques, state-of-the-art computer-aided design and exploration of manufacturing materials and processes
  • Mechanical Design Technology (DRTC1) -  certificate of achievement, provides students with basic skills in classical drafting techniques and computer-aided drafting
  • Computer-Aided Manufacturing Design (DCMSD) - career certificate, enables students to enhance their job-relevant skills in the workplace using CAD software
  • Computer-Aided Design (DCDSD) - career certificate, allows students to apply CAD software in the design of cams, gears, mechanisms and other machine components
  • Computer-Aided Drafting (DCASD) - career certificate, allows students to use 2-D and a variety of 3-D CAD solids modeling software to complete the drafting details and assemblies

Credit Classes and Registration

Gainful Employment Information

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "Prepares students for Gainful Employment in a recognized occupation."  The following are Gainful Employment program(s), meaning they are certificate program(s) that are intended to lead directly to employment.  We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

Mechanical Design Technology (DRTC1) - Certificate of Achievement
Computer-Aided Manufacturing Design (DCMSD) - Career Certificate
Computer-Aided Design (DCDSD) - Career Certificate
Computer-Aided Drafting (DCASD) - Career Certificate