• Drafting and 3D Technologies

    Learn the drafting and design skills that will prepare you for a high-demand career in a variety of engineering-related fields.


Drafting and 3D Technologies

Technicians trained in the Drafting and 3D Technologies degree program at M State are in demand in a wide range of jobs related to manufacturing and engineering throughout the region. Students use multiple two- and three-dimensional software platforms to generate drawings of parts, assemblies and layouts and other manufacturing and construction-related documentation needed by employers. The curriculum uses 3D printing, 3D scanning and rapid prototyping for transforming student designs from computer models to three-dimensional solids.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Use of multiple software platforms to produceengineering drawings and documentation that conform to industry standards
  • Use of designs, processes and materials used in various engineering and manufacturing disciplines
  • Application of discipline-specific principles for creating functionally accurate and working designs
  • Use of mathematical equations related to drafting and design


Why M State

  • Training on the most current versions of industry software
  • Hands-on learning in personalized courses taught by instructors with experience in multiple fields of industry-related topics
  • Small class sizes
  • Opportunities for internships with local industries
  • Exceptional educational value
  • Scholarships available
  • High placement rate for graduates
  • Articulation agreement allows Drafting and 3D Technologies graduates to transfer into the Operations Management program at Minnesota State University Moorhead

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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Drafting and 3D Technologies Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Moorhead

Drafting and 3D Technologies Diploma
Locations: Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Keith Johnson
Drafting and 3D Technologies Instructor
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Joseph Mrazek
Drafting and 3D Technologies Instructor
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Mechanical Drafter regional wage

Mechanical Drafter regional wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

The work of design technicians is challenging and varied, with job opportunities as mechanical drafters, mechanical engineering technicians, designers and prototyping technicians with engineering firms, mechanical design firms and manufacturers.

Description: Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

Typical education level:Associate's degree

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Data source: Career Coach with current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead

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Mechanical Drafter employment

279 Employed in your area

10 Estimated annual job openings

42 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Mechanical Drafters in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 39 14%
25-34 87 31%
35-44 55 20%
45-54 56 20%
55-64 35 13%
65+ 7 3%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach


Mechanical Drafting and Design required courses

  • Fundamentals of CADD
  • Introduction to Solids and Parametric Modeling
  • Mechanical Engineering Drawing I, II, III and IV
  • Manufacturing Process
  • Mechanical Drafting Applications I and II
  • Drafting Practices
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Advanced Modeling with Solidworks
  • Advanced Modeling with Inventor
  • 3D Printing and Prototyping
  • Tool Design
  • CNC Application

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 09:44am