The Drafting Pathways Certificate provides technical training for employees already working in the field, a career and educational pathway for high school students interested in drafting or engineering, and a career and educational pathway for people desiring an entry level, technical position in design and engineering.
Coursework includes three courses in AutoCAD, one course in SolidWorks, and college algebra, with a combined 16 credit hours of courses. Students completing the pathways certificate will be prepared for an entry-level drafting position.
The required courses for the pathways certificate are included in the one-year certificate for Engineering and Drafting Technician and two-year AAS program for Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology. Students completing the drafting pathways certificate may continue with the one-year completion certificate, two-year AAS, or two-year Engineering: University Transfer program (depending on math level), if desired.
Students completing the drafting pathways certificate are most likely to be employed as a drafting technician. It is important to recognize that this certificate can complement or provide pathways to other career opportunities, such as engineering technicians, and the technical training provided may increase promotional opportunities for people already employed in the field.
Average beginning salaries for drafting technicians are in the range of $13.50 to $18.50 per hour depending on experience and other factors. Job demand for trained workers in this field is related to the amount of construction and development that is occurring in the area. People interested in this career field should be prepared to consider relocating to gain initial experience, as this is a high-demand position in areas with significant development.
Additional information on job opportunities for drafters can be found in the Occupational Report by the Oregon Employment Department.
There are multiple career pathways for people with drafting backgrounds. Examples of some related careers are available on the Oregon Labor Market Information Website for Surveyors and Engineering Technicians.
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Other Degrees & Certificates at UCC
- Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology: AAS
- Engineering and Drafting Technician: One-year Certificate
- Water Quality Pathways Certificate
- Surveying & Geomatics: AS
- Surveying Pathways Certificate
Engineering technology faculty members at UCC have practical experience working in business and industry. They bring their real world experience into the classroom. Faculty members network with employers, and are able to work cooperatively with the UCC Advising and Career Center to assist you in finding internships and permanent employment.
Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Clay Baumgartner, PE - Contact
Chair, Associate Professor, Engineering / Surveying & CIS