Drafting & Engineering Technology

Instructor: Terry Harper


The Drafting/Engineering program at Presque Isle Regional Career & Technical Center is a pre-engineering course offered to young men and women interested in exploring a college education and/or career in the engineering, architecture and design professions.

During this two-year program students will explore an exciting pre-engineering curriculum centered on cutting edge 3D design programs such as SolidWorks, Revit and Fusion 360.  Mastery of these programs and associated drafting skills and standards will form a platform to launch deep explorations into the design process, architectural design principles, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, rapid phototyping, (building intergraded modeling BIM), technical writing, engineering math, civil engineering.  Students will gain hands-on experience through practical applications and “real world” projects.   In addition, second year students will explore rapid prototyping using 3D printing technology and gain hands-on experience using state-of-the art CNC technology. Programs such as Fusion 360 combined with our Tormach PCNC 440 milling machine allow students the opportunity to apply 3D model and mechanical engineering principles to create functional components and mechanical assemblies to develop a working knowledge fit, tolerances and precision machine processes vital to mechanical design.

Students should note that Drafting/Engineering qualifies as a fine art credit.  In addition, the course provides students the opportunity to take advantage of PIRCTC’s dual enrollment program which is offered in conjunction with the University of Maine College of Engineering, the Northern Maine Community College and Bridge year allows students an opportunity to earn college credits while earning high school credits.


Engineering and design professionals are in high demand.  With the rapid advancement of such technologies as 3D modeling BIM and CAD/CAM, and the wide acceptance of these technologies in the engineering design, and construction professions, there is a heavy interest in seeking individuals with the skills to utilize this technology combined with an understanding of design principles and engineering or architectural focused post-secondary education.


Civil Engineer
Mechanical engineer
Landscape Architect
Petroleum Engineering
Structural Engineering
Chemical Engineer
Marine Engineer
Environmental Engineer
Project management
Construction management

Drafting/Engineering I Students will learn basic 2D CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and drafting skills, blueprint reading, basic architectural drafting, and design fundamentals through practical application including developing mechanical and architectural drawings and skills. Students will utilize state-of-the art 3D CAD technology including SolidWorks 2019 and Revit 2019.


Provide a basic knowledge of:

  • Design industry standards
  • Blueprint reading
  • Mechanical drafting
  • Architectural drafting
  • Residential architecture design criteria
  • Practical application
  • Education paths
  • Career paths

Drafting/Engineering II is offered to those students who have successfully completed Drafting/Engineering I and hold an interest in pursuing post-secondary education in engineering or architectural design or are interested in following a career path as a CAD designer.

Building on basic 2D CAD and drafting knowledge and skills, Drafting/Engineering II offers students the opportunity to learn and develop advanced 2D and 3D CAD skills as applied to various engineering disciplines including mechanical, structural architectural and civil design utilizing state-of-the-art programs and methodology through practical application.

Additionally, Drafting/Engineering II provides students the opportunity to explore fundamentals of engineering and design application as well as career and educational paths.


Provide knowledge and skill sets including:

  • Advanced 3D CAD and modeling skills using cutting industry leading technology and software such as AutoCAD Inventor, AutoCAD Revit Architecture and AutoCAD Civil 3D.
  • Engineering & design history
  • Design process
  • Fundamentals of engineering & design
  • 3D BIM technology as applied to architecture
  • 3D modeling skills as applied to rapid prototyping & mechanical engineering
  • Practical application
  • Career paths
  • Education paths

Dual Enrollment Agreements for College Credit include:

Northern Maine Community College:

PMM104 Machine Trades Print Reading (1 credit)

PMM102 Intro to CNC Operations (2 credits)

University of Maine College of Engineering:

MEE120 Engineering Graphics & Computer Aided Design (2 credits)

CIE101 Engineering Graphics for Civil Engineering (3 credits)

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