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Precision Production Trades:
Design Technology Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
How to use precision drawing instruments. Computer design programs (CAD). Sketching and illustration. Specification interpretation

You Will Learn
  • How to use precision drawing instruments.
  • Computer design programs (CAD).
  • Sketching and illustration.
  • Specification interpretation.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Precision Production Trades: Design Technology - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
SkillsUSA is the student leadership organization for Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The organization builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Civil Engineer
  • Computer-Aided Drafter
  • Drafting/CAD Teacher
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Designer
  • Mechanical Drafter
  • Surveyor
  • Urban Planner

Workforce Trends
Industrial growth and increasingly complex designs will spur growth in drafting services. As technology advances, opportunities will be best for drafters with at least two years of post-secondary training and computer-aided design systems experience.

In todayís technologically advanced business world, drafters much have excellent drawing and graphic skills along with a high level of computer skills.

This is a nontraditional occupation for women. In 2007, 20.6 percent of the people employed in this occupation were women.

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