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Associate Degree Program

What is a Drafter?

CAD-Operators, also known as drafters, are usually employed by manufacturing firms and construction companies. They use computer aided drafting programs to help provide technical drawings and blueprints of a product or structure being built. They may work with engineers, architects, and other professionals in producing plans and drawings. They add the dimensions, details, specialized notations, and symbols to convey instructions about the materials and assembly procedures required for the entire project’s completion. Successful drafters have a solid understanding of mathematics and science.

Prerequisite Courses
Students must verify degree level proficiency in Reading, Writing, and Math before program admission.

Degrees and Certificates
  • Drafting Technology, AAS
  • Advanced CAD Technician Certificate
  • CAD Operator Certificate
  • Drafter's Assistant Certificate

Length of Program
  • Degree: 4 semesters
  • 62 Credit Hours

Semester Program Begins
Fall and Spring Semester

Application Process

Applicants to the Drafting Technology Program must meet all Admissions requirements; complete an application and pay the application fee. Apply to Gwinnett Technical College at and submit all transcripts from high school and previous college work, and take the ACCUPLACER test if required.

Program Deadlines
You may enter in the Fall Terms.




2016 Median Pay $50,470 to $53,050
Entry level Education Associate’s degree, Diploma, Certificate
Number of jobs, 2014 1,700
Job Growth, 2024 9%