The UAF Community and Technical College offers a certificate and an associate of applied science degree in drafting technology. Drafters develop clear, complete and accurate working plans, maps, and detailed drawings based on rough sketches and specifications furnished by engineers, architects, or designers. Computer- aided drafting (CAD) systems are the principal tool used to prepare technical drawings.
The certificate program offers a choice of six areas of emphasis: architectural drafting; civil drafting; information technology; mechanical and electrical drafting; process technology; or structural drafting. It provides focused, specific education for someone who has experience in a field and needs to know CAD, or has a specific set of job skills they need to obtain.
The two year associates degree is a broad program focused on preparing a student for work as a drafter in the design and construction industry. A student receives a comprehensive education about construction projects, from the architect’s first sketch of a concept to the contractor pounding the last nail; and what important role a drafter plays in that process.
Students in the drafting technology program take courses taught by professionals from the architectural, engineering, and construction communities. Students develop skills in mathematics, drawing and lettering, building concepts and design, and construction techniques utilizing conventional drawing techniques, computer aided drafting (CAD), and building information modeling (BIM). Most classes are held in the evening to meet the needs of students who are currently employed.
Drafters can work for architectural, engineering or construction firms, government agencies, mining firms and manufacturing industries.
Class sizes are small to encourage student-instructor interaction and to allow for individualized assistance. All of our drafting classes are held in the evening so as to meet the needs of students who are currently employed. A number of our drafting courses are also offered via web.
Assistant Professor, Construction Management