Drafting Design Technology

Drafting Design Technology

Location: West Campus (Leesport)          Instructor: Loretta Sterner         CIP Code: 15.1301

The central activity of drafting and design technicians is to help convert an idea in a designer’s mind to precise working specifications from which a product can be made. Drafting design technicians assist engineers and architects in the design and drafting of electrical circuits, machine structures, weldments and architectural plans. Graduates of this program will be well prepared to enter the workforce as draftspersons in the mechanical, architectural, or civil fields. Students will learn how to prepare engineering plans, layouts, detailed drawings, create mass and volume studies. They will also work on many interesting in-class projects that will challenge their abilities and capture their imagination.

Drafting design technicians are specialists who use many methods of communication. The instruction during this program will focus on developing the following skills: CAD, architectural, mechanical, and civil drafting.

Students learn the basics of CAD while learning the fundamentals of drafting on a computer. The curriculum includes the use of a state-of-the-art 3D printer to print student projects. Each student develops a professional portfolio of work completed during the course. This program provides the skills and foundation for a successful career in the drafting field.

ADDA– This program conforms to the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) curriculum. These guidelines were designed in conjunction with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor to assure the level of training and industry requirements are met. Visit www.adda.org for further information.

Industry Certifications:

Apprentice Drafter (ADDA)
Autodesk Certified Professional for Design and Drafting
OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear


· Two Navy Short Sleeve Polo Shirts with BCTC Logo


· Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo

· Navy Long Sleeve Tee Shirt with BCTC Logo

· Cotton blue jeans, khakis/cargo pants, dress pants – proper fitting and no holes

· Skirts, dress shorts – cargo/denim/golf style – appropriate length–to the knee, proper fitting, no holes

Casual footwear N/A



The link provided for each book title will take you to Amazon.com.  Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Amazon.  You may purchase the books from any vendor.

First Year Students

AutoCAD and Its Applications Comprehensive 2020 (27th Edition) – By Terence M. Shumaker, David A. Madsen, Jeffrey A. Laurich, J.C. Malitzke, Craig P. Black

ISBN #: 978-1635638660
*Optional to purchase. Digital text provided by BCTC


Second Year Students

Parametric Modeling with Autodesk Inventor 2020 (Paperback 2019) – by Randy H. Shih

ISBN #: 978-1630572723
*Optional to purchase. Digital text provided by BCTC

Architectural Drafting and Design (6th Edition) – by Alan Jefferis, David A. Madsen and David P. Madsen 

ISBN #: 978-1-43548-162-6


Third Year Students

Civil Drafting Technology (7th Edition) – by David A. Madsen Emeritus, Terence M. Shumaker and David P. Madsen

ISBN #: 978-0-13500-068-7

Engineering Drawing and Design  (5th Edition) (Textbook) – by David A. Madsen and David P. Madsen

ISBN #: 978-1-11130-957-2

Residential Design Using Autodesk Revit 2020 (Paperback) – by Daniel John Stine

ISBN #: 978-1-630572563

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Casual footwear 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
Flash Drive 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $20.00 Any store
3″, 3-Ring Binder 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $5.00 Any store
30+ Index Tab Dividers 1 Level 1 $3.00 – $10.00 Any store

* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.

Drafting Design Technology

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading at grade level
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Artistic ability/creativity

Career Pathways:

  • Mechanical Drafter
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Civil Drafter
  • Drafter
  • Electronic Drafter (CAD Technician)
  • Architect
  • Civil Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Chief Design Drafter
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Designer
  • Facility Manager
  • Urban Planner
  • Surveyor