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Mechanical Drafting

(H90) Certificate

This program is intended to prepare technicians for immediate employment by providing basic manual drafting skills and comprehensive knowledge necessary to seek employment in design-related jobs such as draftsperson. In addition to technical courses, a student will become familiar with various foundation courses in mathematics and science.

Work and Employment

Drafters prepare and maintain technical drawings utilized by production and construction workers to build everything from automobiles or industrial machinery and other manufactured products, to structures, electrical systems, and piping networks. Their drawings show the technical details of the products and structures from all sides, including exact dimensions, specific materials to be used, and procedures to be followed. Many drafters now use computer-aided drafting (CAD) systems to create new drawings, but there are millions of existing manually created drawings that must be maintained for an indefinite period of time. Local industry leaders are consistently expressing the need for more drafters that are trained in manual techniques.

Special Considerations

Workers usually have the following skills and aptitudes: can sketch out details; are able to visualize objects from drawings; move hands skillfully; are detail-oriented, accurate and observant, creative, patient, systematic and neat.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Counseling Office, 815/835-6208;

Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on current tuition and fee rates for the required number 17 credit hours.

Tuition $1,921.00 $5,474.00 $5,933.00
Student Activity Fee $150.00 $150.00 $150.00
Course Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Total Tuition and Fees $1,921.00 $5,474.00 $5,933.00

Estimated Additional Costs

The following figures are based on the average estimated per-credit-hour cost of attendance for the required number 17 credit hours. Actual costs will vary; check the Class Schedule for actual book costs.

Room and Board $6,750.00
Books and Supplies $921.22
Grand Total $9,592.22 $13,145.22 $13,604.22