Drafting (Design) Technology

MSU-Northern offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Design Drafting Technology through its College of Technical Science. A minor in Design Drafting Technology is also available.  the fundamentals of technical drawing remain constant, but the tools used to produce technical drawings and models change almost daily.  In response to these changes, our program strives to incorporate the latest technological advancements from the field to aid in the application of basic to advanced design concepts.  There is a strong emphasis on computer-aided design throughout the program along with the courses emphasizing technical animation, simulation, and multimedia design and development.


Mission Statement

Learning Outcomes for Design Drafting Technology, AAS

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Use precision measuring tools, (i.e. caliper, rule, micrometer, dial indicator, verneir scale tools, ) to draft geometric figures.

  • Set up and use surveying equipment (tape, level, range finder, etc.) to create/update topographical maps.

  • Create a bid estimation for use in civil, mechanical, and architectural design/drafting.

  • Read, sketch, and draft (by hand) 2 dimensional orthographic drawings as well as 2 dimensional isometric drawings.

  • Create 2D and 3D models/drawings in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program.

  • Create an idea, design, sketch, working CAD drawings (for a physical prototype) that addresses a problem or a need.

  • Demonstrate understanding of the use of competitor products (benchmarking) to gain ideas for the design of personal/classroom projects.

  • Create an initial idea and sketch, using the information/ideas taken from benchmarked designs.

  • Create a physical prototype and a set of working drawings from their original idea and sketch.

  • Demonstrate the correct order of operations of welding/machining an assembly/part.

  • Create working CAD drawings for use in other classes on campus.

  • Work together to create an idea, drawings, mock-up (3d printed), and working prototype (machined, welded, cast, etc.) to solve a physical problem or need.

  • Demonstrate professional communication through evaluations of seven values, on campus employer interviews, and employer Info-sessions.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in technical writing, by creating assembly drawings accompanied by a bid estimation for those drawings.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in technical drawing by creating working CAD models/drawings that include orthographic, isometric, and assembly views.

Associate of Applied Science Design Drafting Technology

WRIT 101College Writing I 13
M 121College Algebra 23
COMX 111Intro to Public Speaking 33
Required Courses
SRVY 230Intro to Srvyg for Engineers3
EGEN 203Applied Mechanics3
EGEN 208Applied Strength of Materials3
DDSN 119Technical Graphics I3
ETCC 173Architectural Const & Material3
DDSN 114Introduction to CAD3
DDSN 255Machine Drafting3
DDSN 245Civil Drafting3
DDSN 265Architectural Drafting3
M 112Trigonometry & Complex Numbers2
MCH 200Machining3
MCH 250Manuf Processes and Materials3
PHSX 205College Physics I3
PHSX 206College Physics I Laboratory1
DRFT 216Industrial CAD Modeling3
BGEN 112Creative Problem Solving3
Total minimum credits required for degree60

Minor Design Drafting Technology **Currently in Moratorium**

Required Courses
DDSN 119Technical Graphics I3
DRFT 132Descriptive Geometry3
DDSN 114Introduction to CAD3
DDSN 265Architectural Drafting3
DDSN 255Machine Drafting3
Select three of the following:9
Highway Design & Construction
Parametric CAD
Presentation & Animatn (=276)
Industrial Product Design
Technical Illustration
Architectural CAD II
CAD/CAM Applications
Total minimum credits required for minor27