Venango Technology Center
Computer Aided Drafting & Design
Mr. Eric Smith – Instructor
· Associate Degree Architectural Drafting and Design - Triangle Tech, Erie, Pa.
· Vocational I certification completed June 2002
· Vocational II certification completed December 2006
Students in the CAD program can pursue a number of careers following graduation. Some students graduate and immediately enter the workforce. However, the majority of students use their vocational education as an introductory program and continue on a secondary education at either a technical 2 year college or a four year college. Some of the career opportunities for CAD students include:
· Draftsman/designer for manufacturing applications
· Architectural Draftsman
Salary projection – Job opportunities for students in computer aided drafting remains stable. Skilled students remain in high demand. Estimated starting salaries for various CAD careers include:
· Mechanical CAD draftsman - $35,000 to 50, 000/yr.
· Architectural draftsman - $35,000 to 55,000/yr.
· Engineer - $55,000 to 75,000/yr.
Student Education and Training
Operating System - The Venango Technology Center provides the latest and most up-to-date CAD equipment. Students are introduced to drafting through basic sketching and drafting board exercises. At about eight weeks into the program, they begin their training on one of the 18 Gateway 4500D with flat screen computer systems.
Programs - Students are trained with cutting edge technology programs which are in use in major corporations around the country. Instructors receive continued education in the newest versions to ensure students are ready to enter the job market or higher educational programs. The Autodesk programs students receive training on include:
§ AutoDesk Architecture 2016
- Autocad Mechanical 2016
- Inventor Professional 2016
- Revit Architecture 2016
Topics Covered - Throughout the year, some of the wide range of topics students receive training on include:
· Sketching, Basic Orthographic Projection
· Assembly and Sub-Assembly Drawings
· Screw Thread Terminology
· Architectural Floor Plans, Foundation Plans, Front/Side Elevations, Floor and Roof Framing
· Structural Drafting
· Welding/Piping Symbols
· 3D Solid Modeling
Student Evaluations – Students are evaluated by the instructor through a number of means. Some of these include:
§ Basic Math tests
§ Drawing evaluations
§ Fraction/Decimal Equivalents
Senior Testing - Students in their senior year undergo NOCTI testing. Venango Technology students have consistently outperformed the national average as follows:
Venango Technology Center’s results: 53.8%
National Average 41.3%
Co-Op Positions – Students in their senior year are also eligible for co-op positions. These are internships with local businesses where students are able to assist the company in actual drafting and design projects. Students who perform well and impress the organization can often be offered permanent positions upon graduation. Some of the organizations that have offered co-op positions in the past have included:
§ Penn Dot
§ Forest Scientific Inc.$ Moonlight Packaging