Drafting/design engineering technologies programs prepare students to work in a variety of fields creating the drawings and designs needed for construction and fabrication projects. Those who pursue careers in this field will need to combine technical skills with communication and critical thinking skills while on the job.
Students pursuing an education in drafting/design engineering technologies will take a variety of courses that will prepare them to create drawings and models. Not only will they be taught how to create designs, but they will also learn about the computer programs, various building materials, and mathematics that are important to their careers. Some classes that these students might take include:
Students can earn an education in this field through both traditional and online college formats. Each format has different benefits to offer, so students should consider both of them carefully before making a final decision on which school to attend.
Programs in drafting/design engineering technologies are available at the certificate, associate's degree, and bachelor's degree levels. Postgraduate degrees, such as a master's degree or doctoral degree, are currently not available for this particular area of study.
Those who earn an education in this area typically pursue work as a drafter or drafting technician, though there are a variety different fields and specialties where they might find work. Some such fields include:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average annual wages for drafters varies by specialty and a number of other factors. In May of 2008 the median annual wages for architectural and civil drafters were $44,490. Mechanical drafters made an average of $46,640, while electrical and electronics drafters made $51,320.