Computer-Aided Drafting & Design

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 LCTI’s precision machining and welding 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:

  • EM1 – DC Basics via ETA International
  • EM2 – AC Basics via ETA International
  • EM4 – Digital Basics via ETA International
  • Student Electronics Technician via ETA International
  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe®
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate via NOCTI®

College Credits

The following schools have articulation agreements with LCTI that allow Computer-Aided Drafting & Design students to earn college credit for work they complete in high school:

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Northampton Community College
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology

Career Pathways

with industry credentials:

  • CAD Operator
  • Mapping Technician
  • Surveying Technician

with associate degree:

  • Architectural Drafter
  • Civil Drafter
  • Engineering Technician

with bachelor’s degree:

  • Architect
  • Industrial Designer
  • Mechanical Engineer


Teacher: Christopher Ruben


Counselor: Dan Snyder

Phone: 610-799-1355

CIP Code: 15.1301

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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Computer-Aided Drafting & Design program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Alfred Benesch & Co.
  • The Architectural Studio
  • MKSD Architects
  • The Newton Engineering Group
  • Spillman Architects
  • Z-Architect

Student Organizations

Drafting/Computer-Aided Design students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA

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Our mission at LCTI is to prepare all students for successful careers and lifelong learning.