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Program Spotlight: BC drafting program provides career options in local industry

Program Spotlight: BC drafting program provides career options in local industry

Mon Apr 2, 2018

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Pictured is a 3D model of the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College created by a Brazosport College drafting student and printed on the College’s new 3D printer. The image was part of a project that required students measure out and reproduce models of existing structures on the BC campus.

In an area with many opportunities in industrial fields, such as Brazoria County, drafting is a career possibility that is always in demand. After all, employers consistently need ideas translated into physical products.

Drafting is a perfect career option for someone who enjoys detailed work and has a good visual eye. Even better, Brazosport College has both short-term and long-term options for becoming educated and trained in this potentially profitable career field.

Drafters are a cornerstone of design teams and work closely with engineers, designers, planners and architects. Experts in this field work with computer-aided design and drafting systems to prepare drawings, but also need the knowledge of manual drafting and sketching. Common types of drafters include architectural, civil and mechanical.

Brazosport College offers a one-year basic certificate program and a year-and-a-half advanced certificate, both of which can be applied toward a two-year degree in Drafting Technology at Brazosport College. A few basic classes, such as AutoCAD, SOLIDWORKS, Revit and 3DMAX, are used by most of the local industrial employers, and can be enough to secure an entry-level position in this creative and thriving field.

“The basic certificate is a good option for students who are not sure if they want to pursue drafting as a career,” said Ricardo Uribe, Brazosport College Assistant Professor of Drafting Technology. “I encourage them to get the basic degree to start. From there, the programs build upon each other and you become more proficient as it goes on.”

Brazosport College’s classes offer hands-on, real-world training, taught by experienced faculty. Employers in the Gulf Coast region are seeking trained drafters and graduates are enjoying well-paying jobs. The College’s drafting courses can also benefit local high school students, as they can participate in dual credit classes.

Recently, Brazosport College’s drafting program expanded its opportunities for students with the addition of a 3D printer. The printer was implemented into the program less than a year ago and has already benefitted BC students.

“The 3D printer allows us to take the CAD drawings, convert and output them into a physical 3D product,” Uribe said. “It allows students to have fewer boundaries on what they can do. When they see their original ideas come to life it not only expands what they can do, it stimulates other ideas. It provides many different opportunities for everyone involved.”

The BC drafting department is also looking at purchasing a plotter for printing vector graphics in the near future, as well.

While BC is focused on providing the tools to help earn an education in the drafting field, there are many other reasons to look into this career possibility through classes at Brazosport College.

“There are so many reasons to go locally,” Uribe said of attending BC. “You can always take classes here and then use your knowledge elsewhere, but you can also stay and work in our local industry. Going to a community college is also a very affordable option.

“If you want to go to school, stay close to home, be more efficient, save money, time and gas, this school and this program is a great opportunity.”

To learn more about Brazosport College’s drafting program, email ricardo.uribe@brazosport.edu or call (979) 230-3334.