Geotechnical Drafting

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The Program

The recent increase in shale exploration in the region is resulting in an increased demand of many related technical disciplines. Horizontal drilling and fracturing technology has opened new fields of expertise for our community, creating many new job possibilities. The Geotechnical Drafting Major is designed to fill the needs of those companies that must plan locations of wells, well sites, roadways, pipelines, drainage, and utilities. Students in this program will learn computer drafting, civil design, surveying, geographic information systems, and environmental design.

Washington State Community College's Geotechnical Drafting major provides a unique blend of design drafting and geoscience courses to prepare students for an array of jobs relating to shale exploration and development. The program builds on a solid foundation of basic design drafting, and engineering skills as well as physical and cultural geography and environmental biology and geology. Students will apply this knowledge through experiences in civil drafting, surveying, computer-aided drafting (CAD), and geographic information systems (GIS).

The Geotechnical Drafting curriculum leads to the Associate of Applied Science degree. All technical courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 must be maintained to be eligible for graduation.

Employment Opportunities for Graduates:

  • Shale well drilling companies
  • Shallow well drilling companies
  • Land development companies
  • Civil Engineering firms
  • Municipal Engineers' Offices
  • State Departments of Transportation
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Utility companies (e.g. gas, water, sewer, electric)

Program Goals

Upon Successful completion of the Geotechnical Drafting program the graduate should be able to:

  1. Utilize both two- and three-dimensional CAD commands to design and display engineering and civil design models, using an appropriate projection technique.

  2. Produce professional quality working drawings using conventional symbology to represent design features, and in dimensioning sizes and locations.

  3. Perform appropriate mathematical functions and apply them to various design problems.

  4. Produce technical reports, both orally and written, and present results.

  5. Interpret engineering and construction drawings and apply the information to the actual situation.

  6. Identify different types of maps, map elements, and map scales.

  7. Use CAD and GIS to create a variety of topologies.

  8. Load and incorporate GPS data into GIS and CAD.

  9. Discuss and evaluate geological processes and how they relate to environmental systems.


Course listings with descriptions of each class may be found in the Washington State Community College Catalog.

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