The PTI Program in Mechanical Drafting is designed to prepare you with the skills industry demands.
You will learn key industry standards and important mechanical design software plus get hands–on training strengthened by our internship program.
- Our curriculum is a balance between hands-on education and theory providing you with the skills employers demand.
- PTI teaches you not only the CAD software skills but also the fundamental knowledge of what you are drafting or designing.
- At PTI's CAD program you will learn many important software applications that employers are looking for. You will learn drafting software such as AutoCAD and MicroStation as well as the leading design software most used in industry.
- We teach Mechanical design software such as Creo, SolidWorks, Inventor, Revit Structure and Plant 3D.
PTI students who elect mechanical drafting prepare for a career creating precise schematics of machinery, equipment and industrial systems for many different types of employers.
More about this program
PTI is proud to have a 100% employed in field rate for our 2013 graduates with a Computer Aided Drafting Degree with a concentration in Mechanical Drafting.
PTI Mechanical Drafting graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at:
- Defense Companies
- Energy Companies
- Government contractors
- Industrial Steel Companies
- Manufacturing companies
- Medical Companies
- Oil and Gas Companies
- Piping Companies
In the PTI Computer Aided Drafting Program you will learn key skills such as:
- How to visualize objects in 2D and 3D
- Model and detail parts accurately
- The proper layout for parts and sheets
- How to create assembly and sheet metal drawings
- How to create welding drawings
- The skill of dimensioning both standard and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
MECHANICAL DRAFTING CONCENTRATION
- Drafting 1
- This course is an overview of the practices and techniques utilized within the drafting industry. Topics include: oblique, perspective, isometric and orthographic sketching, sectioning, dimensioning practices and basic print reading.
- This course is an introduction to the unique language, command methods and application of the MicroStation software. Topics included: display methods, view manipulation, drawing techniques, construction methods, manipulation methods, editing methods, dimensioning practices, and plotting techniques specific to this software. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD related courses.
- This course is an introduction to the unique language, command methods and application of the AutoCAD software. Topics included: display methods, view manipulation, drawing techniques, construction methods, manipulation methods, editing methods, dimensioning practices, and plotting techniques specific to this software. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD related courses.
- Architectural Drafting 1
- This course is an introduction to the principles of architectural drafting and building materials as they apply to residential structures. Students will apply proper drafting standards and construction material knowledge to create architectural floor plans, elevations, building sections, wall sections, details, and schedules. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into Architectural Concentration. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
- Mechanical Drafting 1
- This course is an overview of the mechanical industry. Topics include terminology, print reading, geometric construction methods, drawing layouts, precision measurement, basic threads, basic assemblies, dimensioning techniques as they apply to the mechanical industries. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into the Mechanical Concentration. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
- Mechanical Drafting 2
- This course is a continuation to the practices of drafting as applied to the mechanical industry. Advanced topics learned in CAD133 as well as gears, fasteners, manufacturing techniques and practices; finish marks advanced dimensioning techniques, tolerancing methods and the utilization of Machinery's Handbook. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD139. Prerequisites: CAD133.
- Mechanical Drafting 3
- This course will continue the practices of the mechanical industry by introducing the student to material properties, weldment drawings, cams and jigs and fixtures to create documentation and drawings used in the industry. Prerequisites: CAD138.
- Introduction to Parametric Modeling
- This course is an introductory course to parametric modeling using the software called Inventor. Students will create 3-dimensional parametric models, assemblies and construction documents as they relate to industry standards. Prerequisite: CAD133.
- Industrial Pipe Drafting
- This course is an introduction to the principals of pipe drafting as applied to commercial and industrial structures. Topics include material and connection types, creation of commonly used pipe drawings, selection of drafting symbols and pipe and instrumentation diagrams, methods, and techniques. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
- Industrial Pipe Application Software
- This course is an introduction to the principles of Piping Drafting as applied to Autodesk Plant 3D software. Topics to include, material types, preparation of commonly used piping drawings, placing and building of equipment, piping and instrumentation diagrams, generation of isometric, and orthographic drawings.
- Energy Technology
- This course will introduce the student to different types of energy such as renewable energies and fossil energies. Topics to include the extraction, conversion, transportation, storage and use of energy as it relates to the energy fields. Prerequisites: CAD133.
- Structural Drafting
- This course is an introduction to principles and practices specific to the structural drafting industries. Students will learn proper drawing methods as they relate to commercial structures. Topics include steel frame construction, beam and column connection detailing and fabrication drawings. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
- Mechanical Application Software 1
- This course introduces students to the software Creo. Students will be introduced to modeling tools, modification commands, the interface and advanced techniques to create 3-dimensional parametric models and mechanical documents. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD251. Prerequisite: CAD133.
- Mechanical Application Software 2
- This course is a continuation of CAD226. Students will use modify the interface and use advanced techniques such as: sweeps, blends, helical seeps, cuts, family tables and parameters to create complex models, detail drawings and assembly drawings. Prerequisite: CAD226.
- Mechanical Applications 3
- This course introduces students to the software called SolidWorks. Students use advanced techniques to create 3-dimensional parametric models, assemblies and construction documents as they relate to industry standards. Prerequisite: CAD133.
- Geometric Tolerancing
- This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Topics include form control, datums, orientation control, location control, profile control and runout control as it relates to the mechanical industry. Prerequisite: CAD133, CAD138, CAD139.
- Mechanical Capstone
- Participation in this course requires the completion of a capstone project that integrates the student's knowledge and skills acquired during the completion of the mechanical concentration curriculum. A 70% grade must be attained for completion of this final class. Prerequisite: CAD139 and CAD251.
- Statics & Strengths of Materials
- This course is an introduction to principles of mechanics of structures as they relate to the engineering industries. Topics include the calculation of: stress and strain of material, static equilibrium, support reactions, bean analysis, design properties and the effect of materials on a structure. Prerequisites GEM200.
- Steps to Career Success 1
- The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
- Steps to Career Success 2
- This course introduces students to the employment opportunities in their chosen degree and the professionalism needed for employment. The course utilizes graduates and employers to discuss employment, professionalism and the skillsets needed to be a successful employee. The students will see examples of what the industries have to offer and will learn 1st hand the skills needed to be successful and what it takes to maintain a career.
- Career Development
- The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
- The internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 360 hours work experience.
- English Composition 1
- This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
- English Composition 2
- This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students' evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
- Effective Speech
- This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
- Principles of Mathematics
- This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a 'C' or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
- This general studies course involves various algebraic operations including signed numbers, evaluating expressions, simplifying and solving algebraic equations, factoring, functions and their graphs, and word problems relative to the respective fields. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100.
- Physical Science**
- This General Education course surveys the foundational concepts behind classical physics, exploring basic principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and optics. This course is intended for programs that require little or no science background. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100.
- This general studies course involves the use of applied trigonometric functions. Topics include concepts of geometry, Pythagorean Theorem, trigonometric identities relative to right triangles, the law of sine and cosine, logarithmic functions, and an introduction to vectors. Prerequisite: GEM150.
- Critical Thinking
- In today's information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
* Students may have options to choose from: GSI192 or GSI208 in combination with an additional General Education Elective.
**This course can be replaced by another approved General Education course.
Mechanical Students will be exposed to:
- Plant 3D
- Revit Structure
PTI offers a comprehensive Career Services Department with a dedicated staff who will assist you in your career search. Companies that have previously hired PTI graduates include:
- Aker Solutions
- Ansaldo STS
- Babcock & Wilcox
- Bechtel Bettis Inc.
- Calgon Carbon
- Core Furnace Systems
- Digital Tool
- Fedex Ground
- Gateway Engineers
- Hatch Associates Consultants Inc.
- Intrpid Design
- L. Robert Kimball and Associates
- MEDRAD, Inc.
- Specialty Piping
- Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.
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