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Drafting and Design (Computer Aided Drafting)

Sample Job Titles: 

  • Architectural Drafter
  • Mechanical Drafter
  • CADD (Computer-Aided Design) Drafter
  • Civil Drafting Technician
  • Commercial Drafter
  • Electronics/Electrical Drafter
  • 3D Printing Technician
  • Digital Manufacturing Technician

    Technical and Higher Education Majors
    Architecture and related Services
  • Engineering Technology
  • Drafting and Design Technology
  • Civil Drafting
  • Civil Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • 3D Printing


Certifications and Career Advancement:  The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) has established a certification program for drafters. Individuals who wish to become certified must pass the Drafter Certification Test, administered periodically at ADDA-authorized sites. Applicants are tested on basic drafting concepts, such as geometric construction, working drawings, and architectural terms and standards.   Entry-level or junior drafters usually do routine work under close supervision. After gaining experience, they may become intermediate drafters and progress to more difficult work with less supervision. Drafters may eventually advance to senior drafter, designer, or supervisor.  With appropriate college degrees, drafters may go on to become engineering technicians, engineers, or architects.   Architects must graduate with a degree accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB), complete the Intern Development Program (IDP), and pass exams given by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).



Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA

Industry Certifications available in High School:  OSHA 10 Hour General Industry 

 College Credits toward post-secondard certifications/degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with:

College Course
Ben Franklin Institute of Tech. AR100/AR110 Architectural Graphics/Intro to CAD  7 cr.
 MA State Agreement w/MAVA/North Shore CC Intro to Drafting and Intro to CAD  3 cr.
New England Institute of Tech. ABT112 Technical Drafting and Graphic Comm  3 cr.
ABT114 Introduction to CAD - 4 cr.
ABT 115 Introduction to Structures - 2 cr.
Middlesex Community College CAD 115 - Intro to CAD - 3 cr.
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