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Drafting and Design Technology


Drafting and design technology programs prepare people to draw plans for architects, engineers, and others.

Drafting and design technology programs teach people to use drafting machines, CAD programs, and drawing tools. Students learn to make calculations, estimate materials, and make blueprints.

Drafting and design technology programs include topics such as:


In drafting and design technology programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in drafting and design technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in drafting and design technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

An associate degree program in this field typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Computer technology continues to change and new drafting software will be developed. You will need to take courses to keep your skills up to date.


East Side Area

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla University

Wenatchee Valley College

King-Snohomish Area

Edmonds Community College

Everett Community College

Green River College

Highline College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

North Seattle College

Renton Technical College

Shoreline Community College

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Spokane Community College

Tacoma Area

Clover Park Technical College

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College

Vancouver Area

Clark College

West Side Area

Bellingham Technical College

Skagit Valley College

Yakima Area

Yakima Valley College