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.
Technical Drawing introduces students to the professions of drafting. Students gain skills and knowledge in freehand sketching, lettering, orthographic projection, dimensioning and pictorial drawing. Students then apply their drafting skills in creating drawings in the engineering fields of Architectural (buildings and landscape), Aerospace (aircraft manufacturing), Electrical (electronics and electricity), Machine (manufacturing), Mechanical (heating, ventilation, AC, & sewer), Naval architecture (ship construction), and Structural (steel reinforcements, bridges). CAD drawing is performed on school computers using SketchUp, AutoCad, and other CAD software. Students also stay up-to-date with current technical drawing technology trends (ie: renewable energy) by using web-based online videos from the industry. Experts from the industry will also visit the classroom.
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