Engineering Drafting & Design

Course Overview

The first step in manufacturing a product or constructing a building is drafting a plan. In our Engineering 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 protractor
  • 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.

Course Details

Course length: 9 months

Next start date(s): Fall 2024 dates TBD

Tentative schedule: 8:15 am – 2:45 pm, M-F

Credentials & college credit

Students who complete our course earn the following industry-recognized credentials:

  • 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®

Students who complete our course are well-positioned to earn associate degrees at the following school(s):

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

Career pathways

with credentials earned at LCTI:

  • CAD Operator
  • Mapping Technician
  • Surveying Technician

with associate degree:

  • Architectural Drafter
  • Civil Drafter
  • Engineering Technician

with bachelor’s degree:

  • Architect
  • Industrial Designer
  • Mechanical Engineer

Learn more about potential career pathways.

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