Drafting student
If you like drawing and developing the plans to build things, a career in drafting is a great choice. Drafters may work in a wide variety of areas including architectural, mechanical, structural, electrical, and civil. Drafters may also do document control, surveying, mapping, estimating and design. They prepare the technical drawings and plans used by production and industries. The work of drafters makes the production of manufactured products become a reality. This includes everything from toys to toasters, to industrial machinery, spacecraft, houses, office buildings, and oil and gas pipelines.

Instruction at Lane is based in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) lab with advanced hardware and software where you will be trained to industry standards. Graduates of Lane's drafting program have equal preparation in both mechanical and architectural drafting. Internships (Cooperative Education) in local business, industry and government sites provide hands-on learning opportunities that link you to employment.

Locally, drafters are employed in engineering firms and companies that are subcontractors and materials suppliers for construction projects. Drafters are also employed at local manufacturing and fabrication companies. In addition, drafters may work in government, transportation, utilities, communications, and through self-employment.

Program Cost Estimate 2015/16


Resident Tuition and student fees - $9,650
Other Course/Program Costs - $295
Tools - $25
Books and supplies - $2,671
Total - $12,641

Costs are based on resident tuition. Consult Lane's website for updated tuition and fees. International students should seek advice with the international office at Lane Community College for program costs.

What's the Drafting program at Lane like?
Get the scoop from students and faculty in this career preview video.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

One-Year Certificate of Completion


Standard Occupational Classification: 17-3011.01

For a profile of this occupation go to the U.S. Department of Labor's O*Net website: Architectural Drafters

Or check on these O*Net Related Occupations: Civil Drafters, Mechanical Drafters

How many students completed the Drafting  1-year Certificate in 2013-14?

In academic year 2013-14, 14 students completed this certificate.

What was the on-time graduation rate for these students?

Of students who completed this certificate in the 2012-13 academic year, 64.3% completed on time.

NOTE: The federally required method for calculating this rate assumes students will enroll full-time, declare a major immediately, and enroll in it continuously until certificate completion. In reality, many community college students attend part-time, explore several majors, stop out for a term or more, change majors, or brush-up academic skills to be better prepared for college level courses, affecting this narrowly defined on-time graduation rate.

How many jobs are forecast in this occupation between 2010-20?

Lane County: 1;  Statewide: 18

What wages are forecast for this occupation?

Lane County hourly average - $20.53; annual average - $42,701
Oregon hourly average - $24.39; annual average - $50,720

How much will the program cost?

(Estimates based on 2013-14 data for full-time students. Students attending part-time will incur additional term fees. Consult Lane's website for updated tuition and fees.)

  • Resident tuition and student fees - $4,993
  • Differential fees - $0
  • Books, supplies, other program costs - $1,800
  • On-campus room and board - Not offered
  • Total estimate - $6,793

What's included?

Explanation of costs

What is the median loan debt incurred by students who completed the program in 2012?

Federal loans - 578
Private loans - Not available
Institutional financing - $708