CAD Drafting – Dual Credit

Students in drafting class working on computers

About the Career

Turning ideas into designs, drafters create electrical, mechanical, product or architectural plans and find opportunities in many industries. A well-paying career, drafting requires only an associate degree to reach a high level of success.

Median hourly pay: $23.35
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Market and Salary

Drafting Average Median Salary Percentage of Growth by 2022 Replacement by 2022
Houston Region $62,580 1.1% 16.1%
Texas $54,600 1.1% 16.1%
National $55,670 1.1% 16.1%

About the Program

The Drafting Program offers three certificates and an Associate of Applied Science. The certificates include a CAD certificate, a 2D/3D modeling certificate, and an industrial drafting certificate. The associate degree provides students with an intermediate skill level in the use of computer-aided design (CAD) software.

Contact Information

Please speak with the dual credit advisor or college connection advisor at your high school.

CAD Drafting Certificate

  • DFTG 1305 – Technical Drafting

    An introduction to the principles of drafting, such as terminology and fundamentals, including size and shape descriptions, preparation methods, geometric construction, sections, auxiliary views and reproduction processes.

  • DFTG 1409 – Basic Computer–Aided Drafting

    An introduction to basic computer-aided drafting. Emphasis is placed on drawing setup; creating and modifying geometry; storing and retrieving predefined shapes; placing, rotating, and scaling objects; adding text and dimensions; using layers, coordinate systems and input/output devices.

    This course will be taught hybrid (64 hours face to face and 32 hours online instruction)

  • DFTG 2419 – Intermediate Computer–Aided Drafting

    A continuation of practices and techniques used in basic computer-aided drafting, emphasizing extended use of two-dimensional commands such as paper space, and introduction to the extraction of attributes and three-dimensional drafting.

    Prerequisites: DFTG 1305 and DFTG 1409.

    This course will be taught hybrid (64 hours face to face and 32 hours online instruction)

  • DFTG 2440 – Solid Modeling/Design

    An advanced computer-aided modeling course that will cover development of three-dimensional drawings and models from engineering sketches and orthographic drawings and utilization of three-dimensional models in design work.

    Prerequisite: DFTG 1305 and DFTG 1409.

    This course will be taught hybrid (64 hours face to face and 32 hours online instruction)

  • DFTG 2432 – Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting

    An advanced level course. This course will cover advanced techniques, including the use of a customized system as well as presentation of advanced drawing applications, such as three-dimensional solid modeling and linking graphic entities to external non-graphic data.

    Prerequisite: DFTG 1305 and DFTG 1409 or instructor approved.

    This course will be taught hybrid (64 hours face to face and 32 hours online instruction)

  • DFTG 2423 – Pipe Drafting

    A study of pipe fittings, symbols, specifications and their applications to a piping process system. Creation of symbols and their usage in flow diagrams, plans, elevations and isometrics.

    Prerequisites: DFTG 1305 and DFTG 1409 or instructor approved.

    This course will be taught hybrid (64 hours face to face and 32 hours online instruction)

  • DFTG 2428 – Architectural Drafting–Commercial

    A course in architectural drafting procedures, practices, governing codes, terms and symbols including the preparation of detailed working drawings for commercial building, with emphasis on commercial construction methods.

    Prerequisites: DFTG 1305 and DFTG 1409 or instructor approved

    This course will be taught hybrid (64 hours face to face and 32 hours online instruction)

  • POFT 1300 – Career Exploration/Planning

    An introduction to the process of career decision-making, educational planning, and job searching. Topics include analyzing personal career interests, values, and aptitudes; surveying and researching career fields with related educational and training requirements; practicing the decision-making process; and basic job search skills such as completing applications, writing letters of application, developing and using resumes and interviewing.

Schedule

Semester Course Credit Hours
Contact Hours
Days Times Tuition
(In/Out District)
Year 1 – Fall DFTG 1305
DFTG 1409 HY
3 / 64
4 / 96
Tuesday, Thursday
Monday, Wednesday
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $225 / $275
Year 1 – Spring DFTG 2419 HY
DFTG 2440 HY
4 / 96
4 / 96
Tuesday, Thursday
Monday, Wednesday
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $250 / $300
Year 2 – Fall DFTG 2432 HY
DFTG 2423 HY
4 / 96
4 / 96
Tuesday, Thursday
Monday, Wednesday
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $250 / $300
Year 2 – Spring DFTG 2428 HY
POFT 1300
4 / 96
3 / 48
Monday, Wednesday
Tuesday, Thursday
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $225 / $275
  • Students will be required to attend lab every Friday 1:30-3:30 for complete program.
  • Courses ending in HY will be taught hybrid (80 hours face to face and 16 hours online instruction.)
  • Hybrid courses have an additional $25 fee per course (fee included in tuition cost listed above).
  • TSI Assessment: Not needed for certificates.

Credential:

CAD Drafting Certificate - 2D/3D Modeling Certificate

COM Next Steps – Stackable Credentials:

  • Complete DFTG 2430, DFTG 2407 and ARCE 1452 to obtain Industrial Drafting Certificate
  • Associate of Applied Science - Drafting

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