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Drafting and Machining Technology

Drafting and Machining Technology is a four-semester, two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program designed to prepare students for the growing number of jobs in these fields.

It’s the perfect choice for someone who wants to understand the entire process of how mechanical parts are designed, drawn, and created. The program also gives students skills in other areas of drafting so they will be ready for a wide variety of jobs when they graduate.

Degree Description

Associate in Applied Science
66 Credit Hours, 18-Month Program

This program will graduate skilled technicians who are able to bring value to those employers in multiple ways because they will be skilled enough to participate in multiple areas of the business. These workers will be flexible and will be seen as a valuable asset by any of these employers.

In the drafting area, graduates will be able to meet the growing demand from industry for skilled technicians who can demonstrate skill and knowledge in 2D and 3D computer-aided drafting. In addition, graduates will leave the program prepared to apply the basic fundamentals of drafting and blueprint reading.

In the machining area, graduates will be able to set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools. Machinists use machine tools that are either conventionally controlled or computer numerically controlled, such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders, to produce precision metal parts. Although they may produce large quantities of one part, precision machinists often produce small batches or one-of-a-kind items. The parts that machinists make range from simple bolts of steel or brass to titanium bone screws for orthopedic implants. Hydraulic parts, anti-lock brakes, and automobile pistons are other widely known products that machinists make.

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Application Process

Fall 2016

  1. Complete WDT APPLICATION
  2. Submit High School transcript or GED scores.
  3. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations.
  4. Submit official college transcripts if you have previously attended a post-secondary institution.
  5. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15.00 fee).

(The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or a SAT sub-score of at least 440 in Verbal and Math. The scores must be within the last five years.)

The ACCUPLACER test is offered Monday-Friday at 8:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

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Career Description

Many private companies complete both the design and manufacturing of equipment, parts, and related items. This program will graduate skilled technicians who are able to bring value to those employers in multiple ways because they will be skilled enough to participate in multiple areas of the business. These workers will be flexible and will be seen as a valuable asset by any of these employers.

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After Earning Your Degree

Whatever path graduates choose, they will enter a growing job market. Labor market information for South Dakota shows the demand for workers in the computer-aided drafting and machining fields is strong now and in the future.

  • Through 2020, the number of mechanical drafters is expected to grow by 11.1 percent.
  • Through 2020, the number of machinists is expected to grow by 13.8 percent.

And graduates can make a great living. The average hourly wage for mechanical drafters in the Rapid City area is $17.94. The average wage for machinists is $17.35.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Tech has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.


  • Barbara Williamson

  • Donna Hanks

Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Tech wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDT is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Tech will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.


Student Housing

While Western Dakota Tech does not offer on-campus housing, we understand that finding a place to live within town while you go to school can be difficult. We have a few resources to help prospective students find affordable housing.

Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Tech currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

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