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 

The mission of the MSUN Design Drafting Program is to prepare students to work alongside engineers and development personnel in an engineering, manufacturing, or production environment, to create working technical drawings.  

Learning Outcomes for Design Drafting Technology, AAS 

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

- Demonstrate proficiency in performing mathematical computations consistent with the profession.  

a. students will be able to use Precision Measuring tools, (i.e., caliper, rule, micrometer, dial indicator, Vernier scale tools,) to Draft Geometric figures. 

b. students will be able to setup and use Surveying Equipment (tape, level, range finder, etc.,) to create/update topographical maps. 

c. students will be able to create a bid estimation for use in Civil, Mechanical, and Architectural Design/Drafting. 

- Demonstrate Design Visualization in both 2D and 3D environments. 

a. Students will be able to read, sketch, and draft (by hand) 2 dimensional orthographic drawings as well as 2 dimensional isometric drawings. 

b. students will create 2D and 3D models/drawings in a CAD program. 

c. students will be able to create an idea, design, sketch, working CAD drawings (for a physical prototype) that addresses a problem or a need. 

- Demonstrating understanding and application of modern design practices. 

a. students will demonstrate understanding of the use of competitor products (benchmarking) to gain ideas for the design of personal/classroom projects. 

b. students will demonstrate their ability to create an initial idea and sketch, using the information/ideas taken from benchmarked designs. 

c. students will demonstrate how to create a physical prototype and a set of working drawtings from their original idea and sketch. 

- Demonstrating effective formal and informal communication through the use of technical writing, presentation, and technical drawing.  

a. students will demonstrate professional communication through evaluations of seven values, on campus employer interviews, and employer info-sessions. 

b. students will 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

Required Courses
BGEN 112Creative Problem Solving3
DDSN 119Technical Graphics I3
ETCC 173Architectural Const & Material3
M 121College Algebra (Meets CAT II Requirement)3
MCH 200Machining3
COMX 111Intro to Public Speaking (Meets CAT I Requirement)3
DDSN 114Introduction to CAD3
M 112Trigonometry & Complex Numbers2
SRVY 230Intro to Srvyg for Engineers3
DDSN 265Architectural Drafting3
EGEN 203Applied Mechanics3
PHSX 205College Physics I (w/ Lab Meets CAT III Requirement)3
PHSX 206College Physics I Laboratory1
WRIT 101College Writing I (Meets CAT I Requirement)3
DDSN 239Parametric CAD3
DDSN 245Civil Drafting3
DDSN 255Machine Drafting3
EGEN 208Applied Strength of Materials3
MCH 250Manuf Processes and Materials3
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