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Drafting and Industrial Engineering

An introduction to the rigorous and rewarding fields of Engineering and Architecture, where you learn how to design the things that will be built, like phones, cars, and spaceships or houses, apartments, and commercial buildings. Classes in this pathway offer an exploration for students interested in careers in manufacturing, design, drafting, architecture, and engineering.  Students will gain experience using multiple CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) software packages, as well as other industry-standard equipment. Students will learn skills that are excellent for both direct entry into industry or to pursue higher education. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of drafting equipment, proper lettering techniques, line types, measurement, geometric construction, dimensioning, orthographic projection, and 3-D isometric drawings using both manual methods and the latest AutoCAD and Revit software.
  • Utilize Inventor software, a mechanical engineering CAD program, to design intricate 3-dimensional solid models. Apply this knowledge in completing required assignments and creating prototypes using 3D printers. Engage in team-based STEM activities to solve engineering problems through a structured process. Understand the practical applications of these software programs in the professional world.
  • Design a complete set of plans for a residential home using Revit software in the Advanced Architectural Drafting course. Develop plans encompassing foundation, floor, elevations, site, perspective, roof, and cross-section of exterior walls. Gain familiarity with building codes, roofing, siding materials, energy conservation, and green design. Design and construct basswood bridges meeting specific specifications, participating in state competitions. Explore careers associated with architecture and engineering.
  • Engage in leadership and project-based learning in the Drafting 1A/1B and Drafting 2A/2B courses. Choose between Engineering or Architecture pathways, completing assignments based on the chosen pathway. Work independently on integrated drafting problems using the latest software. Contribute drawings as a service to the school district or community. Explore careers in architecture, engineering, graphics, and interior design. Complete job shadowing and internship experiences to apply classroom knowledge in real-world settings.
  • Gain practical work experience in the Drafting field through the Work Experience: Drafting course. Apply classroom-learned skills to on-the-job situations, earning credit for 120 hours worked in an approved training station. This opportunity provides a bridge between classroom learning and real-world applications in business or industry.

Possibilities After Graduation

Classes in the pathway include: Technical Drafting, Advanced Technical Drafting, Architectural Drafting, and Leadership Projects for either Technical or Architectural Drafting. 

Career possibilities include: Engineer (many types), Architect, Entrepreneur, Designer, Drafter, Technicians, or many types of positions in Manufacturing. 

Annual Salary Range: $44,200 - $160,000+

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