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Drafting SchoolsEnter a worthwhile field that gets more fascinating by the day.

Drafting schools make learning marketable skills for an enjoyable vocation truly possible. They've led many people into careers that offer good pay, plenty of intellectual stimulation, and the chance to experience a very real feeling of satisfaction.

It all stems from the fact that drafting involves using sophisticated technology in combination with your own artistry. It's work that is consistently interesting, largely because of the ongoing evolution of computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software. Today's drafters frequently get to create renderings in three dimensions instead of just two. And they often get to participate in big projects that incorporate the use of multiple, fun-to-use computer modeling systems.

But at the heart of a draftsperson's role is something that goes beyond the technical stuff you practice during CADD training: The art of clearly communicating an architect or engineer's design intent.

Without detailed plans made up of easy-to-understand drawings and diagrams, nothing can be built. Ideas stay ideas. Drafting is the essential step that allows builders and manufacturers to turn a designer's ideas into reality.

And the architectural industry is just one of many areas you can explore. The employment possibilities extend across a lot of different sectors. So why not look into the drafting and CADD training programs featured below? In a very short amount of time, you can be part of the creation of incredibly useful structures or objects that have lasting, real-world impact!



Featured Schools


The Art Institute of Las Vegas


Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Drafting Technology & Design
  • The Art Institutes International Minnesota


    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Interior Planning with AutoCAD
  • Sanford-Brown


    San Antonio, Texas
    Online
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Globe University


    Woodbury, Minnesota
  • Architectural Drafting and Design
  • Engineering Drafting and Design
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Brown Mackie College


    Kansas City (Lenexa), Kansas
  • Architectural Design & Drafting Technology
  • Architectural Drafting Specialist
  • ITI Technical College


    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Technical Drafting
  • Porter and Chester Institute

    Connecticut
    • Branford
    • Enfield
    • Watertown
    Massachusetts
    • Canton
    • Woburn
  • CADD (Computer-Aided Drafting & Design)
  • YTI Career Institute


    York, Pennsylvania
  • Computer Aided Drafting & Design
  • Remington College


    Mobile, Alabama
  • Computer Aided Drafting & Design
  • ITT Technical Institute


    138 Campuses in the United States
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  • Computer Drafting and Design
  • Drafting and Design Technology
  • Berks Technical Institute


    Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
  • Drafting Technology
  • Island Drafting and Technical Institute


    Amityville, New York
  • AutoCAD for Professionals
  • Computer-Aided Drafting & Architectural Design
  • Sullivan College of Technology and Design


    Louisville, Kentucky
    • Mechanical Computer Aided Design Drafting

    Penn Foster Career School


    Online & Distance Learning
  • Drafting with AutoCAD®
  • Ashworth College


    Online & Correspondence
  • AutoCAD
  • Stratford Career Institute


    Distance Learning
  • Drafting with AutoCAD
  • Capitol City Trade & Technical School


    Austin, Texas
  • CAD/Drafting


  • 3 Inspiring Facts About Today's Drafting Professionals

    In 2012, drafters held nearly 200,000 jobs throughout the U.S.* They are responsible for helping a lot of the things we use on a daily basis come to fruition. They're the ones that other professionals turn to when they need their design ideas translated into plans that make sense—schematics that allow actual construction or manufacturing to take place.

    But as you consider going after a career in this field, take note of three other compelling facts about modern drafters:

    1. They Work in Several Exciting Industries

    Technical renderings are needed for producing almost everything that is engineered, built, or manufactured by humans. As a result, drafters can work on projects as diverse as homes, office towers, bridges, car and airplane parts, medical equipment, computer chips, and oil pipelines.

    It's true that most drafters perform work related to engineering or architecture. In fact, about 47 percent of them do. But other large sectors of employment in the drafting field include manufacturing (28 percent) and construction (seven percent).*

    And the opportunities don't stop there. Here's a more comprehensive list of areas you might choose to specialize in one day:

    • Architectural drafting—residential and commercial building projects
    • Mechanical drafting—equipment, machinery, tools, and devices for a wide range of uses
    • Civil drafting—major road and infrastructure projects
    • Electrical and electronics drafting—wiring for power systems, buildings, equipment, microchips, circuit boards, or other electronic components
    • Aeronautical drafting—parts for aircraft, space-bound vehicles, or other flying objects
    • Process piping and pipeline drafting—systems for the refinement and distribution of oil, gas, or chemicals

    2. The Software They Use Keeps Getting More and More Powerful

    CADD systems provide a lot of benefits for everyone involved in the design and production of engineered products and structures. For instance, they help shorten the design cycle and lower development costs. And they give drafters sophisticated tools for creating the kinds of visualizations that were once difficult, time-consuming, or impossible to achieve through pencil or ink drawings.

    By the way, "CAD" and "CADD" are basically interchangeable abbreviations for the same thing: computer-aided drafting, computer-aided design, or computer-aided design and drafting (or vice versa). People call it different things, but it all falls into the same general field.

    CADD technology allows you to create and store 2D or 3D schematics electronically. Your plans can contain all of the visual and instructional information necessary for production, including critical aspects like project dimensions and materials.

    One of the most well-known and widely used CADD programs is AutoCAD. It's used a lot for architectural design as well as many other things. But drafters and designers across a wide spectrum of industries also use other popular software packages such as SolidWorks, CATIA, Creo, Pro/ENGINEER, and NX.

    In addition to CADD, drafters increasingly get to use BIM (building information modeling) software. It enables them to view how each element of a project works together and to more effectively collaborate with other members of their team. Revit and ArchiCAD are just two examples of commonly used BIM programs.

    3. They Often Make Good Salaries After a Short Amount of Training

    It doesn't take long to become a drafter or CADD operator. In most cases, a certificate, diploma, or associate's degree is all you need to enter the field. And that only requires about one or two years of training. Plus, it's pretty easy these days to find an online drafting program if you want to learn the necessary skills at your own convenience.

    But even though the educational requirements are low, the potential income you can earn is pretty impressive. For example, in 2012, the median annual salary for drafters within the U.S. was $49,630. And the highest earners made more than $77,770.*

    * Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, website last visited on April 9, 2014.