The two-year drafting program offered by the Institute of Technology is designed to provide basic technical information required for entry into the occupation of computer-aided drafting or conventional drafting. Drafters prepare precise drawings and specifications from sketches, field notes, and other information furnished by an engineer or a designer. They also calculate the quality, quantity, and cost of materials. Final drawings, either by use of the computer or by conventional drafting procedures, contain a detailed view of the object as well as specifications for materials to be used, procedures to be followed, and other information to carry out the job. Upon graduation, drafters may specialize in a particular field of work, such as mechanical, electrical, electronic/instrumentation, structural, architectural, pipe or civil drafting.
Anyone planning a career in drafting should be able to do detailed work requiring a high degree of accuracy, have good eyesight and eye-hand coordination, and be able to function as part of a team since he or she will work directly with engineers and skilled workers. Artistic ability is helpful in some specialized fields. A graduate of this two-year program is awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree. Job placement assistance is available through the Institute Placement Office.
Lamar Institute of Technology also requires students to register for the College Success Skills Course in their first semester. The course is designed to provide students with a thorough orientation to the campus, postsecondary education, and the classroom skills necessary for success. Students with a thorough orientation to the campus, postsecondary education, and the classroom skills necessary for success. Students must earn a "C" or better in all cources in the degree plan.