Mr. Burton, DRAFTING

James M. Burton,  C. D.      (Jim)

Certified Mechanical Drafter,     Certified Architectural Drafter,     Certified AutoCAD Drafter


Ideally, the “three year” Drafting program is for those students who have an interest Engineering or Architecture, however, it also provides a background for those students who plan to follow construction or manufacturing careers since those students will need a blueprint reading background. Students will even receive free Computer Aided Drafting software to load on their home computers. See "software note" below on this page.


Drafting I

Prerequisite:           grade level 10 or 11   (with an interest in Engineering & Architectural careers) 

1 credit--1 period   (year long class) 

This is an introduction to the three year Drafting program.  Students will be exposed to the basic manual (by hand) Drafting techniques as well as Computer Aided Drafting commands as they relate to Engineering and Architectural Drafting along with blueprint reading.  Drafting I is a prerequisite for Drafting II. Students will need to load Computer Aided Drafting software onto their home computer.  


Drafting II

Prerequisite:           Drafting I

2 credits--2 periods                   NOTE:: students are REQUIRED to successfully complete Drafting I

Drafting II is a year long occupational preparation course for students interested in a Drafting career as well as students interested in continuing their education after high school in the areas of Architecture or Engineering.  Students will be exposed to the basics of Drafting procedures using manual board Drafting practices by hand as well as AutoCAD software. The emphasis in Drafting II will be on Engineering Drafting.  Students will prepare drawings of machine parts such as those found in local industries.  These drawings will include two dimensional and three dimensional views with dimensions, animations, and instructions from which the parts can be manufactured. Students will also have the capability of using 3D modeling technology with a 3D printer to actually produce plastic models of parts they design. Drafting II is a prerequisite for Drafting III. Students will need to load Computer Aided Drafting software onto their home computer.


Drafting III / CVCC  Dual Enrollment

Prerequisite:      Successful completion of “both” Drafting I and Drafting II  

2 credits-2 periods

Drafting III is a year long occupational preparation course which will allow students to advance their Drafting training.  The emphasis in Drafting III will be on Architectural Drafting as it relates to light residential construction.  Students will be trained to draw a complete set of house plans which would include floor plans, elevations, wall sections, and details from which a contractor can build.  Successful completion of the THREE year program will allow the student to articulate into the Engineering Technology Program at Central Virginia Community College and receive three semester hours of Dual Enrollment college credit. Students completing the THREE YEAR program will be required to take an “industry approved” end of year test. Students will need to load Computer Aided Drafting software onto their home computer. Senior Students in Drafting III will pay $20 dues for Skills USA membership and participation.  


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"Software Note"

       All DRAFTING students are expected to download the AutoCAD software (no charge) onto their home computers for the purpose of completing make-up work whether it be late or missed assignments. This will also alow the students the opportunity to get "outside" practice with the Engineering and Architectural software. The software is available by DVD from the instructor or may be downloaded direct by going to  . Once at the site's homepage, select the tab "Comminities" and go to "Students & Educators". At the Education Community page select the "Free Software" tab. On the Product Catalog page, select "AutoCAD".





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