Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Computer Aided Drafting/Building Information Modeling Technology

Degree options

  • Associate Degree
    An Associate in Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above. All core and general education  requirements must be met, with any additional credits to be selected as electives.
  • Certificates
    Certificates of Proficiency and Completion will be awarded in either Architectural, Civil, Mechanical Drafting or Building Information Modeling upon successful completion of all 100-level core and general education requirements plus all 200-level courses in the chosen specialized field.

Mike Murphy (360) 596-5253
Dr. Ting Song (360) 596-5393
Rob Danner (360) 596-5465 

The next time you walk or drive through town, think about this­- every bridge, building, road, street corner or park you see began on a drafting table. Drafters are translators-transforming the ideas and rough sketches of architects and engineers into detailed, workable plans. Put simply, the profession of drafting is indispensable to modern life.

A career in drafting is an exciting proposition. You’ll need a broad base of skills and knowledge: algebra, trigonometry, English, computers, social sciences, precision drawing and humanities. The instructors at South Puget Sound Community College are eager to help you learn these skills.

Drafters translate the ideas and rough sketches of engineers and architects into detailed drawings. Experienced workers may advance to plan checkers, detailers, or design drafters. A typical work week is 40 hours, but overtime may be required to meet deadlines. Drafters work for engineering and architectural consulting firms, manufacturing firms, designers, and a variety of government agencies.

What You'll Do Here
In the past 10 years, South Puget Sound has earned a reputation in the Pacific Northwest for staying ahead of the curve in drafting technology.

You’ll learn the latest in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) as well as the core skills of "broad work" precision drawing and quality lettering techniques in architectural, civil and mechanical drafting.

Whether you choose to earn a one-year Certificate of Completion in Drafting or pursue a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree, you’ll learn how to effectively evaluate and improve your work. You'll also have the chance to put your classroom learning to the test in the "real world." Our Cooperative Work Experience program can place you in a part-time job where you can earn credit and gain invaluable drafting experience.