Drafting and Design Technology

Drafting and Design Technology (DDT) is a short-term certificate program combining classroom theory with hands-on practice in the laboratory. Students can earn stackable certificates and industry certifications.  The program is designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to prepare for successful entry-level employment in the field of drafting and design technology.


Short Term Certificate 

  • CAD Operator
  • Digital Machine Drafting
  • Residential Drafting and Design
  • Advanced Technical Drafting and Design

Industry Certification

  • National Career Readiness Credential
  • OSHA 10-hr General Industry Safety/Health

Award Length Credit Hours
Short Term Certificate 1 semester 12/13

Required Program Courses

Course Title Cr. Hrs.
DDT104 Basic CAD 3 3
DDT111 Fundamentals of Drafting/Design 3
DDT124 Basic Technical Drawing 3
DDT127 Intermediate CAD 3
DDT128 Intermediate Technical Drawing 3
DDT131 Machine Drafting Basics 3
DDT132 Architectural Drafting 3
DDT144 Basic 3D Modeling 3
DDT150 Theory of Residential Drawing/Design 3
DDT155 Drawing for Residential Construction 4
DDT181 Special Topics in Drafting/Design 3
DDT213 Civil Drafting, Platt Maps 3
DDT216 Design of Structural Wood Members 3
DDT220 Advanced Technical Drawing 3
DDT222 Advanced Architectural Drawing 3
DDT233 Intermediate 3D Modeling 3
DDT260 Portfolio 3

Electives may be offered to meet a student’s personal educational goals or for instructional purposes.

ISTC Program Drafting and Design Technology

Program Contact

Mr. Derek Crawford, Instructor
Easterling Correctional Facility

Mr. Lawrence Miller, Instructor
Limestone Correctional Facility

Occupational Data*

Drafters use software to convert the designs of architects and engineers into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median average wage for drafters was $60,290 in 2021. Job growth is projected to decline in the coming decade, job openings will result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force.