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Additive Manufacturing


The first step in manufacturing a product or constructing a building is drafting a plan. In our computer-aided Drafting & Design program, students explore how architectural, civil and mechanical drafters or engineers move ideas from inception to production.

As they learn to compose technical drawings for everything from electronics to skyscrapers, students are introduced to the following skills, software and concepts:

  • Manual drawing with industry-standard tools, such as set squares, T-squares and protractors
  • Drafting and designing with Autodesk® applications, including AutoCAD®, Inventor® and Revit®
  • Orthographic views, isometric drawings, geometric dimensioning and their real-world applications

Students hone their skills by designing and then producing three-dimensional models for machine parts, home additions, bridges and more. In the process, they learn to use 3D and wide-format printers, as well as common model-building materials like foamcore, chipboard and balsa wood.

Students also partner with peers in ECTC’s welding and carpentry programs to reverse engineer products or make those of their own design. Developing portfolios and presentation skills are important elements of the program, too.

Industry Credentials

Computer-Aided Drafting & Design students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • Autodesk-AutoCAD Certified User
  • Autodesk-Inventor Certified User
  • Autodesk-Revit Certified User
  • SolidEdge Certified Associate
  • SolidWorks Associate

Career Pathways

with industry credentials: with associate's degree: with bachelor’s degree:
  • CAD Operator
  • Mapping Technician
  • Surveying Technician
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Civil Drafter
  • Engineering Technician
  • Architect
  • Industrial Designer
  • Mechanical Engineer