Drafting Technology

Get Immersed in Drafting with Experienced Instructors and Top-Tier Software Training

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Program Overview

Eager to forge a path where creativity meets cutting-edge technology? The Drafting Technology program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is crafted for individuals like you, aiming to thrive in engineering, architectural, and manufacturing sectors.

This program immerses you in the world of design using top-tier software like AutoCAD, Revit, and SolidWorks, essential tools for today's drafters. Upon completion, you will stand out as a proficient computer-assisted drafter, equipped to tackle diverse design challenges and provide vital engineering support. Your journey at CWI involves learning through hands-on projects, spanning architectural, mechanical, and civil engineering disciplines. Taught by industry-experienced instructors, you will be groomed for real-world scenarios, ensuring your transition from the classroom to the workplace is seamless and successful.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science

Advanced Technical Certificate

Intermediate Technical Certificate

Time to Complete

1 – 2 years

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Master Critical Software: Become adept in AutoCAD, Revit, and SolidWorks, pivotal tools in the drafting landscape.
  • Engage in Practical Projects: Apply your drafting skills in a variety of real-life scenarios, enhancing your versatility.
  • Learn from the Best: Benefit from instructors who bring a wealth of experience and industry insights.
  • Tailored Learning Environment: Experience a program that adapts to your learning style, catering to your individual growth.
  • Career-Ready Portfolio: Graduate with a rich portfolio demonstrating your mastery in the latest drafting technologies.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Drafting Technology – Associate of Applied Science Degree

Drafting Technology – Advanced Technical Certificate

Drafting Technology – Intermediate Technical Certificate

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Career Opportunities

  • Architectural and Civil Drafters

    Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.


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  • Mechanical Drafters

    Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.


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  • Electrical and Electronics Drafters

    Prepare wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for the manufacture, installation, or repair of electrical equipment.


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  • Drafters, All Other

    All drafters not listed separately.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


Step 1

Step 2

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Step 3

  • Attend a Drafting Technology Program Exploration event prior to registering for classes. Contact robertnovak@cwi.edu for future event details.

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