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New Drafting Technology Degree Approved at CTC


Fairbanks, Alaska—The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has approved a new associate of applied science degree in drafting technology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College.

The new degree combines instruction in computer-aided drafting with building techniques and materials common to construction in Alaska. The degree provides broad training in the vocabulary and skills needed in the architectural, engineering and construction fields, including mathematics, drawing and multifunctional CAD techniques, and building information modeling technologies. Courses also cover many aspects of design and construction, including building materials, codes, and civil, mechanical, electrical and structural technologies. Additionally, internships will give students the opportunity to work side-by-side with local architects and engineers, giving them valuable on-the-job experience.

The new degree meets the growing needs of Alaska industry, said program coordinator Thane Magelky. “With this degree, we will be graduating students who not only know how to use CAD, but who also have the knowledge of design and construction needed to communicate and work with engineers, architects and contractors."

The Alaska Department of Labor predicts a 19.6 percent increase in drafters employed in the state of Alaska between 2006 and 2016, exceeding the projected state average employment growth rate of 14 percent.

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