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Atlantic Technical College
atlantic technical college student at drafting table

Get Started on your Career Plan Today!

Step 1 Attend a Program Orientation

Step 2  Take the Tests of Adult Basic Education or meet exemption criteria

  • See your counselor/advisor for details on test exemption criteria.
  • Accommodations for testing are available to qualified individuals.
  • Visit the Office of Disability Services for details before testing.

Step 3  Meet with your counselor/advisor

  • Receive test results
  • Discuss technical or academic program placement
  • Special needs
  • Financial aid
  • Registration procedures

Step 4  Registration and Enrollment


Program Length: 
1500 hours/approx. 14 months – full time

M – F     7:05 a.m. –  1:50 p.m.

Admission Requirements:

  • 16 Years of Age or older
  • Complete a Program Orientation
  • Basic Skills Testing or Exemption
  • Interview with Program Counselor/Advisor

Course Content:
Instruction is designed to provide experience in all aspects of this graphic language and teaches students how to use it to express their individual creative ideas and designs. Students begin their training by learning drafting principles and techniques using traditional manual drafting boards and tools. They then advance to the extensive use of techniques and technology utilized to prepare 2-D Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) work using AutoCAD, 3-D Building Information Modeling (BIM) drawings using Revit, and advanced mechanical design drawings using SolidWorks.

Students will be able to see their efforts come to life as their projects are created in three dimensions through the latest technology in rapid prototyping using a 3-D printer.  Rapid prototyping is a group of techniques used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using 3-D Computer Aided Design (CAD) data from a digital file.

Additional Skills Covered:

  • 3D Printing
  • Assembly, Detail, & Pictorial Drawings
  • Auxiliary Drawings
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Civil Plan & Map Drawings
  • Electronic Drawings
  • Exterior Elevations, Sections & Details
  • Floor, Roof, Foundation, HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical Plan Drawings
  • Fundamentals of Architectural/Engineering Design
  • Fundamentals of Mechanical Design
  • Multiview, Sectional, Fastener & Tool Drawings
  • Patterns & Surface Developments
  • Site/Plot Plan & Landscape Plan Designs
  • Structural Framing Plan Drawings & Details
  • Welding, Industrial Piping, & Pneumatic/Hydraulic Drawings

Industry Certification & State Credential Exams:
Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.

College Credit Transfer Opportunity and/or Advanced Standing
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry credential, students may be awarded credits toward an AS/AAS Degree by Broward College.  Students must enroll in Broward College within 2 years of completing the program at Atlantic Technical College. Additional college credit may be awarded with the attainment of additional industry credentials.

For more information about the Drafting program, sign up today for a program orientation. Or contact the counselor at vdhumphrey@browardschools.com.

Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:

  • Demand for Architectural & Civil Drafter is expected to grow about 2.5%* between 2015 and 2023
  • Entry level wages for Drafters are about $16/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity