Online Draftsman Courses
Let's take a look at some of the more common drafting courses available online.
- A Fundamentals of Drafting Course introduces students to basic terminology while also illustrating common drafting techniques, principles and practices. Industry standards, symbols and abbreviations are also identified.
- Similarly, students in a Fundamental Concepts of Computer-Aided Design Course learn basic drafting concepts common to both pen-and-paper and computer aided design techniques, while also highlighting differences between the two methods. A computer-aided design course may also include instruction in 2- and 3-D design, modeling and rendering.
- In an Introduction to Blueprint and Schematic Design Course, students learn techniques for evaluating different types of blueprints, plans and schematic diagrams and compare them to actual physical objects and structures. They identify floor and foundation plans, construction schedules, elevations and building details for commercial, civil and residential buildings. Circuitry, wiring and mechanical drawing are also covered.
- A course on Architectural Drafting and Design presents the history, theories and cultural significance of architectural design and practice. Students learn to translate those principles into blueprints, floor plans and structural drawings by using best practice drafting techniques.
- A 3D Civil Drafting Course, on the other hand, introduces students to the foundations of civil drafting and design. Students will learn how to design and draw up civil engineering plans using data collected from surveys. Other subjects include legal terminology and various geographical mapping styles, including topographical and cross-section.
- A Computer-Aided Manufacturing Class is for aspiring draftsman who want to work in the manufacturing industry. Students gain experience with computer-aided manufacturing software and learn to program controls for various milling, plasma cutting and welding equipment.
- Similar topics are covered in a Parametric Design Course, where students get an introduction to the parametric software programs used for feature-based solid modeling. The basics of working with such industry standard programs as Solid Works, Pro Engineer, or Inventor are discussed.
Postsecondary education is recommended but not required for students wishing to become drafters, and on-campus classes are more common than online ones. Online drafting courses can be found in college and university degree programs leading to an Associate of Applied Science in Drafting and Design Technology, an Associate of Science in Computer-Aided or Architectural Drafting or a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.
Additionally, some technical schools, community colleges and industry trade schools award diplomas and certificates in drafting or continuing education units to students who complete individual classes. Specific software and tools may be required for students to participate in any of these drafting programs.
Students who complete courses in drafting may be eligible to pursue voluntary Certified Drafter credentials through the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA). This group also offers several specialty certifications.
Aspiring draftsmen can get relevant technical education and prepare for professional certification by taking online courses, many of which can lead to undergraduate degrees and certificates.