Design Drafting Technology

About our program

Designers translate the ideas and rough sketches of engineers and architects into drawings to communicate specific details to other engineers, architects, drafters, and technicians. Drawings are used as a basis for further research and design, for manufacturing and construction, and for documenting the engineer's concept. Designers use computers, manual drafting tools, engineering practices, reference materials, and a knowledge of materials and processes, to create complete drawings.

Those selecting this degree program will develop proficiency in board drafting and computer-aided drafting, and will be able to prepare drawings for manufacturing and fabrication. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Drafting and design standards will be taught and reinforced as they prepare drawings in both 2D and 3D using AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, Keycreator, and Mastercam applications software. They will also utilize Autodesk 3D Civil and Autodesk Revit for the construction industry.

Throughout this course of study, students will be required to use sketches, notes, technical literature and personal research to complete assignments.

The Associate in Applied Science degree is divided into three areas: approximately 770 hours of training in required drafting courses; approximately 300 hours of training in required general education courses; and approximately 660 hours of training in specialized related courses.
The specialized related courses permit students to develop their own areas of emphasis in mechanical, architectural, civil or structural drafting. For a more general background, the student may complete courses from each area.

Design drafting is a large and fast-growing occupation; the future of the field is wide open. Computers will assist drafting procedures, but they will not replace the design drafter who has a comprehensive drafting education. 

What you need

People who like and are successful in Design Drafting Technology have the ability to concentrate, conceptualize, organize, and remember details; enjoy solving problems, being neat, and paying attention to details; have good eye-hand coordination, an ability to visualize, and an interest in mathematics and science; and work well with others in a team.

  • A background in mathematics will be helpful to get started, but courses are available for the student who needs to review or develop the necessary skills in mathematics, reading, English, and study skills.
  • Drafting and CADD courses have lab fees. See current class schedule for fee amounts.


What we offer

Expert Faculty: The faculty is composed of two full-time instructors, both with industry experience, and five instructors who work full-time in industry and teach part-time. This team brings many years of diverse industry experience to the classroom for the benefit of Green River design students.

  • Classes are offered during the day and evening to accommodate your schedules.
  • You can begin this program at the start of any quarter.
  • A hands-on learning experience.
  • Credit through high school articulation agreements.
  • Possible credit for prior work experience.
  • Participation in Cooperative Education.
  • Work-oriented skills required by employers.

Program Under Review

Green River College is undertaking a review and revision of the program and is not accepting new applicants until Fall 2020. However, there are still options for you at Green River! Please contact the Career & Advising Center to discuss new program options.

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  • Terry Waagan 
    Design Drafting Technology Faculty
    253-833-9111, ext. 4342

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Occupations: Mechanical Drafter, Design Drafter
Earnings: Range from $27.06 to $36.27 an hour, entry to mid-level.

Occupations: Architectural Drafter
Earnings: Range from $19.86 to $24.83 an hour, entry to mid-level.

Occupations: Civil Drafter, CAD Designer, CAD Technician
Earnings: Range from $20.12 to $25.92 an hour, entry to mid-level.

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