Courses in mechanical drafting are offered at a number of community and technical colleges as part of certificate and associate's degree programs in mechanical drafting, design technology and computer-aided drafting and design (CADD). Programs and courses typically include a combination of traditional classroom coursework and lab work, which helps students become familiar with drafting equipment, software and techniques.
Some of the most common concepts in mechanical drafting include:
- 2D and 3D drafting
- Workplace safety
- Green buildings
- Digital visualization
- Blueprint reading
- Engineering materials
List of Common Courses
Technical Drafting Course
This introductory course is common in many drafting programs and covers the fundamentals and basic terminology used in design, as well as geometric construction, projection methods and reproduction processes. Students work with free-hand drawing as well as orthographic projections and prepare to translate these skills into CAD programs.
Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) Course
In this course, students learn how to apply the skills learned in free-hand drawing and technical drafting to the computer programs used during the process. Students gain advanced training in such areas as orthographic projection, sectioning, and applied geometry.
Manufacturing Materials and Processes Course
Students are introduced to the concepts of metallurgy and the techniques for shaping metals. Subjects discussed include casting and molding, heat treatments, forging and powder metallurgy, saws and lathes. Some manufacturing courses go beyond metals and include polymers, ceramics and composites in the curriculum with specialized mechanical drafting programs extending this course to two semesters.
Mechanical Drafting Course
This core mechanical drafting course teaches students to draw, interpret and present orthographic and isometric designs of mechanical products and their individual components. An advanced graphic design and communication course, mechanical drafting focuses on dimensioning and tolerances, sectioning, fastenings and pictorial drawings. Mechanical drafting is typically a 1-semester course, but some schools add a second semester, which goes into further instruction regarding areas like mechanical and structural detailing, contour mapping, electrical-piping-fluid power schematic and kinematics.