MyNicolet   |  Directory  |  Email  |  LibraryContact

Drafting Design Technician

Technical Diploma



Welcome Center
Red Oak Center - Second Floor
Phone: 715.365.4493 o 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4493

The design drafting profession affects everything done, every day, by every individual. Without a plan or visual graphic, nothing can be manufactured, built, made, or sold. The CAD graduate works on many levels in the engineering, architectural, and manufacturing world. Graduates qualify for career opportunities with engineering and architectural firms, machinery manufacturers, architectural and structural manufacturers, and construction companies. On the drafting level, they create working drawings from rough sketches or layouts that have been prepared by engineers, architects, and designers. The designer/drafter must be able to visualize forms and shapes from blueprints and sketches, understand and apply theoretical principles and technical knowledge, concentrate on details, and use independent judgment in planning work and solving problems. Computers are the tools of their trade. They are competent on the latest versions of CAD and modeling software.


Financial Aid Eligible

This program is eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.


About the Program

Students in the Architectural Technology program are primarily engaged in the planning and designing of residential structures along with producing construction documents. Students will gain experience with various design software, structural detailing, and building integrated modeling (BIM). Modern construction techniques, as well as materials used in today's residential buildings are also closely examined.


Possible Careers

  • Residential Designer
  • Architectural Technician
  • Building Material Sales or Representative
  • Building Mechanical Technician
  • Shop Drawing Draftsperson
  • Structural Detailer
  • Estimator
  • Project Manager
  • Building Inspector
  • CAD Technician
  • Electrical CAD Drafter
  • Survey Assistant
  • Interior Design


Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate computer aided design skills using industry-standard software to prepare presentation and construction documents.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of structural, heating, plumbing, electrical and other mechanical systems within a building.
  3. Explain the fundamentals of building sciences including basic: physics of structures, properties of materials, construction processes, and building systems.
  4. Apply and promote principles and practices of environmentally sustainable design in architecture, construction, and daily living.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of construction principles, materials, techniques and building codes.
  6. Estimate materials required for construction.
  7. Work as a team member by demonstrating good communication and listening skills, cooperation, and providing a supportive environment.


View Gainful Employment Information

The information is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

Apply Now

Connect With Us

Youtube Flickr Twitter RSS