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Does designing and creating with computer models interest you? Well, look no further than College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Drafting Technology program to get on track to your new career. In this program, you will learn to design a variety of practical projects using the latest 3-D modeling software and 3-D printers. Our outstanding instructors will provide you with an enjoyable environment to develop and hone your skills.
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CWI’s Drafting Technology program prepares students to design practical architectural and engineering-based projects with the latest 3D-modeling software.
Why This Program
The Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) is a two year degree designed to prepare drafters for the workplace. Embedded into the curriculum is an industry-certified exam which acts as a testament to the competent skill set students have achieved as they enter into the workforce.
The Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) takes approximately 16 months to complete. This curriculum provides students experience in beginning-to-intermediate level drafting software.
The Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC) takes approximately 12 months to complete and introduces the basics of computer-aided drafting.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Translate ideas and designs into complete and accurate working plans
- Prepare mechanical, architectural, civil, and structural drawing using both conventional and computer-assisted techniques
- Understand general engineering and architectural procedures
- Design and “draw” in the latest AutoCAD, SolidWorks and Revit software
- Develop and understand the integration of communications, physics, and math-related skills in the workplace
- Use reference catalogs and codes to appropriately specify means and methods into projects
- Write a resume, search for a job, and interview effectively
Along with the general drafting curriculum, students in the CWI Drafting Technology program have opportunities for integrated field trips, internships, tutoring programs, and extra-curricular activities. Recent field trips have included tours to LEED-certified buildings, construction sites, straw-bale homes, and local engineering firms that incorporate Building Information Modeling. An example of a drafting internship would be to assist in the installation of a solar thermal system in an area residence. The Drafting program avidly participates in extra-curricular activities such as Skills U.S.A., STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and a number of regional career fairs.
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Exactness and precise attention to detail
- Interest in the latest technologies
- Mechanical aptitude
- Solid background in math and science
- Keyboard proficiency and computer exposure
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Ability to be bonded
- Aptitude and interest about how things work or fit together
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is designed to prepare students with the skills to succeed in college, a career, and life. Completion of CWI 101 is a general education requirement of students seeking to earn an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree from CWI. Students are encouraged to take CWI 101 during their first semester.Explore CWI 101 Pathways
Individuals admitted to CWI as a degree-seeking student who have earned college credit from another institution may transfer their credits to CWI. Visit Transferring to CWI to learn more.
Plan ahead for your transition to a four-year college or university. Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor and representatives from the intended transfer school to ensure a smooth transition beyond CWI. Visit Transferring From CWI to explore our transfer partnerships.
Cost & Aid
As a student in this program, you may be eligible for financial aid and scholarships. Visit Cost & Aid to view tuition and fees, explore types of aid, apply for federal financial aid, and more.
Are you a 2024 Idaho high school graduate? Learn how to get up to $8,000 of your tuition and fees covered at CWI through Idaho LAUNCH.
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Drafting work is exciting and challenging. As a drafting graduate, you will be prepared for a wide variety of entry level technical positions and be equipped with the skills needed for advancement.
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