Nearly everything around us was created by engineers: space ships, micro-chips, buildings, cars, ships, trains, medical care, solar panels, wind turbines, smart phones and much more. The design of nearly all these items was either conceived from scratch or evolved from existing ideas. But no matter how the item was conceived, at some point it became part of the “graphic language” of Technical Drawing, also known as drafting. Drafting is an accurate way to draw and dimension — and communicate — ideas to engineers, architects and crafts people. More specifically, Technical Drawing is a visual technique of creating engineering drawings using computer aided design software, or by using paper, pencils, rulers, compasses and other drafting equipment. Technical Drawing offers students an opportunity to gain marketable skills after high school and fosters critical thinking skills that are beneficial to a student’s future.
Advanced Technical Drawing
Advanced Technical Drawing challenges students to learn in depth practices and techniques of board (paper and pencil) drafting, but with a greater emphasis on Computer Aided Design drafting. Presentation techniques of drafting projects are also learned by students. Technical drawing colleges and professions are also exposed and researched by students. Although much of the Advanced Technical Drawing course focuses on architectural drafting and building construction standards/methods, students are given an opportunity to explore and become proficient in other technical drawing professions such as Structural (reinforced steel & bridges), Landscape, Aeronautical (aircraft manufacturing), Machine (manufacturing), Naval Architecture (ship construction), Mechanical (Heating, AC, plumbing), and Electrical (electronics & electricity). Throughout the course, students will solve realistic, modern day, architectural problems in order to create industry standard working drawings of the various fields of technical drawing. Advanced Technical Drawing includes such activities as residential and commercial building design, blue print reading, overview of construction materials and techniques, and exposure to renowned industry related professionals. Students will also design a building from “scratch” including learning the process of site selection, buying property, lining up your team of an architect, builder/contractor, excavator, surveyor, sub-contractors (heating, electrical, plumbing, landscaping, etc.), planning a budget, initial idea sketches, payment schedules, project timelines, creating working drawings, choosing building materials, landscape design, and interior design. Advanced Technical Drawing students stay up-to-date with current technology trends (ie: renewable energy) by using web-based online videos from the industry, and by incorporating these technologies into their designs when possible. Experts from the industry will also visit the classroom.
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