• Classes

    Class Dates
    Meeting Times
    11/2021 Monday 8AM - 1PM; Tuesday - Friday (8AM - 2PM)

    Course Info

    17 Months (1500 Clock Hours)

    Monday 8 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2 pm
    (Summer schedule) Monday- Thursday 8 am - 2:45 pm

    Drafting Standards
    CASAS (Reading and Math) Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Scores: 239 in Reading, 584 Language and 239 Math OR meet TABE exemption (refer to Admissions and Testing) 

    2020-2021 Curriculum Framework

    Program Description
    The Drafting program will prepare students for employment in the drafting field, building on the ability to visualize concepts and designs and to bring their ideas to life using modern Drafting methods. Students will learn the use of hardware and software used by professionals to present their design. Instruction includes creation of drawings and documents for the construction/fabrication process. The application of these advanced computer methods to specific occupational areas will be part of the student's instructions. All students will take Autodesk  & Autocad Certified User test.  Students may elect to also take the Autodesk certifications after passing the Autocad Certification.

    Book and Supply Information  

    For the most current list of books and supplies, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore.  

    Employment/Career Opportunities
    Students are prepared to enter multiple fields such as: Structural and Residential Architecture- includes housing and large buildings; Civil Drafting- includes roads, land development for housing areas, water lines and storm water drainage, highway and bridges;  Electrical Drafting- includes residential electrical, structural electrical, circuit boards, electrical panels, cable lines, optical lines, and networking layouts; Mechanical Drafting- includes plant/factory design, equipment design, such as tools and machine parts.

    Salaries for graduates range from $17.68 - $23.26per hour.
    Source:  Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long is the program?
    The program is approximately 17 months in length. 

    Is artistic talent necessary in this field?
    No, just a willingness to learn. A talent for drawing by hand is helpful, but not necessary, since most of the work is done on the computer.

    Can handicapped individuals do CAD?
    Yes, many companies have handicapped CAD operators working at the computer most of the day. This field is ideal for people who have difficulty standing for long periods of time or use a wheelchair. Individuals with limited hand movement use voice activated devices to control the computer.

    Do students need previous drafting or computer experience?
    Although prior experience is helpful and basic Windows operating skills highly recommended, many students enter the program with little or no experience with drafting or computers. A background in construction is useful, since the program is focused on the architectural, structural and civil fields within the construction industry.

    Are younger students at any advantage in this field?
    No, the average age student is 28 years old. Student ages range from 18 to late 60s. The demand for CAD operators is so great that companies generally are not concerned with ages of the employee; employers need people who are able to do the work.

    Is freelance/contract drafting from my home a possibility?
    Yes, it is possible. Generally, it is necessary to spend a few years working for a company before employees are qualified to work on their own. Some companies allow their employees to do some work at home.

    Where have graduates found employment?
    Graduates have been employed by McGill Engineering, Colwill Engineering, Inter Phase Construction, Architects Collaborative, Tele Systems, Biological Research Association, Reynolds Smith & Hills, Chas Griffin Engineering, Sota Drafting, NASA, Olympics, Gerdau Ameristeel, and many others.

    Is job placement available upon graduation?
    Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.

    How can I learn more about this career field?
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    For questions regarding the program please contact:  Elizabeth2.Martinez@hcps.net