The ARDR program utilizes up-to-date computer-aided drafting software applications to train drafting technicians for the building construction industry. Drafting is taught in combination with the principles of architectural/engineering graphic conventions and the theory and practice of construction technology. The curriculum also concentrates on the development of communication, teamwork, and problem solving skills necessary to prepare students for the architectural/engineering office environment.
Students must purchase drafting tools, construction hard hat, camera, safety vest and safety glasses.
Though primarily intended as a stand-alone program, many courses within the Architectural Drafting degree coursework are transferable to 4-year institutions.
Many of the courses in this degree are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.
Graduates are prepared for entry-level jobs such as architectural or engineering drafting technicians in residential and commercial construction and in drafting and sales positions with contractors, fabricators and suppliers.